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Corruption in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office

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When Bethany Webb’s sister, Laura, was killed in a mass shooting in 2011, she couldn’t imagine things getting worse.  But then District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, California, took the case.  In his determination to impose the death penalty over Webb’s objection, Rackauckas used jailhouse informants to elicit damning statements from the defendant, Scott Dekraai, while he was in jail.  These informant-defendant interactions violated the constitutional right to counsel since no one is allowed to interrogate defendants without their attorneys present.

New Laws in 2018

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As they do annually, our beloved legislators have passed thousands of new laws that will be going into effect this year.  As we stated in 2017, instead of writing new laws, legislators should repeal thousands of existing ones, or at least erase 10 for every new one written until total laws have been reduced by at least 80 percent!  This would be a giant step towards restoring true justice in our U.S. legal system.  Many of the newly written laws will certainly reshape the political and legal landscape in the coming months.  They cover a broad spectrum, from recreational marijuana use and paid leave from work to traveling barbers and exotic pets.  What follows is a glimpse of notable new laws that we have selected for this post.

New Laws in 2017

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Each year, thousands of new laws get generated by our beloved congressmen, further adding to an already over-burdened society.  Instead, each year legislators should erase thousands of existing laws!  This would be a giant step towards restoring true justice in our U.S. legal system.  During this year, 898 new state laws will be going into effect in California alone.  This number, of course, neglects new local and federal laws that will also affect Californians.  Below is a sampling of the many laws that are being enacted in three different states across the nation.

Lawsuit Alleges Emoluments Clause Violations by President Trump

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I think it’s safe to say that most everyone would agree that we have never had a president in our history like President Trump. Beyond his lack of political correctness, the United States has not had a president who has an international business empire like him. Moreover, it has been many decades since someone with no political experience has been put in the Oval Office. Several leading legal scholars have recently filed a lawsuit that claims payments by foreign powers to President Trump’s companies violate the Title of Nobility Clause, commonly known as the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The suit alleges that Trump’s business interests create countless conflicts of interest, as well as unprecedented influence by foreign governments.

Part Three of a Three-Part Series about Corruption

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Readers who have been following us and our posts and those who have read our book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America's Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later, know that corruption is rampant within our legal system, a central theme in our book. Most recently, corruption has paid yet another visit to our own back yard here in southern California.

Part One of a Three-Part Series about Corruption

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Corruption is rampant in the U.S. legal system. As we mention in our book, Stack the Legal Odds in Your Favor: Understand America's Corrupt Judicial System—Protect Yourself Now and Boost Chances of Winning Cases Later, it would take at least a multi-volume series of tomes to cover all cases in U.S. history.  Last month, the Orange County Register brought to light one instance of the widespread corruption by publishing an article about an Orange County Superior Court clerk who ran an illegal network that collected bribes to fix more than 1,000 traffic cases over a five-year period. Federal prosecutors say Jose Lopez Jr. turned ticket-fixing into a profitable side business during an otherwise unblemished career as an Orange County Superior Court clerk. Sadly, stories such as this one are just the tip of the iceberg with respect to exposing unbelievable tales of corruption that span the entire system from local courts to the United States Supreme Court.

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