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Using “smart” devices are not so smart: a recap of the 2016 AALL Annual Conference and Meeting

While “smart” technology is great and fun and fun to use, it can also be used against you in a court of law. So, best to play safe and be sure you’re not doing something that your “smart” devices can be used to tattle on you.
Do you own a Fitbit?  For those who are unfamiliar, is a physical activity device that records your physical condition, how many miles you walked, your blood pressure and other pe…

Taffy Pull

If you get enough people mad at you, courts/judges will do ANYTHING to get you - even if it means making up crazy interpretations of the law just to make your life miserable.
In today's news is the story of a guy whom the Feds really wanted to nail to the proverbial wall.  See, once upon a time Dennis Mahon of the White Aryan Resistance of Arizona plan…

Oldies But Goodies - Revisited

Fun reading and websites for Constitution Day.
About a year ago, I blogged about a wonderful little book we received at the Riverside County Law Library in Indio.  It was an updated copy of “The Constitutions of California and…

This Day in History- The Civil Rights Act of 1964

In an effort to eliminate the rampant discrimination against African Americans and other people of color, President Linden B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2nd.
In an effort to eliminate the rampant discrimination against African Americans and other people of color, President Linden B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on July 2…

Celebrating the Magna Carta

Be honest. What do you remember about the Magna Carta?
Be honest.  What do you remember about the Magna Carta?  Before conducting a little research, all I remembered was that: It was a document; It guaranteed some sort of rights …

Oldies but Goodies

Your local county law library has some powerful about the United States and California Constitution(s) in its stacks for you to use and peruse
In a recent delivery to our Indio Branch, a small yet powerful paperback arrived.  It was The Constitutions of California and the United States, Ref. KFC 679.U55. Yes, you can fin…

Privacy in the Library: what you need to know

In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue
In this world of internet hackers and identity thieves, privacy has become an important issue.  I learned privacy basics that go beyond our digital ID, medical records, personal  …

Is it a bird? A plane? NO!...It's a DRONE!

Unmanned Aircraft Systems are fast becoming a privacy issue with UAS's flying overhead taking pictures of American's in backyards and on street corners. As controversy over the use of UAS's by local governments increase, it is important that we as Amerci…
Have you ever wondered what a UAS (unmanned aircraft systems)  is?  Commonly known as “drones,” they come in all shapes and sizes and some of them even resemble small radio contro…

Fandom and the art of speaking well

Sometimes lawyers can actually teach you a thing or two about public speaking and Dean Erwin Chimerinsky is one of the better teachers on the subject
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of hearing the esteemed lawyer, legal thinker and professor, Dean Erwin Chimerinsky, speaks at the monthly Desert Bar Association luncheon. I’…

Freedom only goes so far

People need to respect other people's rights including the right to be left alone. You're rights may not (or should not) infringe upon another's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Rarely do things in the legal world surprise me, anymore.  Disbelief, maybe, but not surprise.  Take, for instance the case of U.S. v. Osinger.  Seems Mr. Osinger and the love of …

Transparency In Government - Can It Be A Reality?

Have you ever wondered what transparency in government really means? Is it really possible? In an age when massive amounts of information are being gathered and tabulated about ordinary citizens, Americans need to know what the Government is doing and …
Have you ever wondered what transparency in government really means?  Is it really possible?  In an age when massive amounts of information are being gathered and tabulated about …