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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 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, 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.

A Closer Look at Police Shootings

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One of the basic questions many Americans are likely asking themselves lately is: why are there so many police shootings and killings of unarmed and non-threatening individuals? This question can partially be answered with another question: what do you think would happen if there was no video footage in these publicized cases? This second question has been completely overlooked by the mainstream media. In times past, when no such footage was available—a time prior to cell phones with the ability to record video—there was absolutely nothing to stop police from contriving a story in place of factual events.

How a Judge's Bias Can Taint a Case

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Many legal experts agree that one of the biggest threats to our nation’s system of justice are judges, who, through a lack of proficiency, bias or corruption, prevent a litigant from getting a fair hearing in our courts. Judges in local, state, and federal courts across the country oftentimes hide their connections to litigants and their lawyers. These links can be social, political, financial, or ideological. In some instances the judge may have mutual investment interests with a litigant or lawyer. The judge might be related somehow to one of the parties. Although such situations cannot always be avoided, when they do create a perception of bias, a judge has the duty to at least disclose that information. If the situation creates an actual bias, the judge should allow a different judge to take over.

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