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Legalese — Citizen’s Arrest

05/25/2020 Lori Duff 0

The State of Georgia has made the national news lately for the concept of citizen’s arrest.  I thought I’d take this space to discuss exactly what a citizen’s arrest is according to Georgia law. The […]

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For the Love of Trefoils

05/16/2020 Lori Duff 0

For years, my daughter sold Girl Scout cookies.  That wasn’t the only reason she was a Girl Scout, but it may have been the only reason I encouraged her to be a Girl Scout.  I […]

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Legalese — Driving in the Gore

05/09/2020 Lori Duff 0

As a traffic court judge, I often see people who are surprised for getting tickets for things they had no idea they couldn’t do.  One of those things is “driving in the gore.” The gore […]

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The Quilt of Kindness

05/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Colleen and Violet were my Angels.  Not the scary fire-and-brimstone kind, but the guardian kind who bring goodness and light and help and possibly a nice snack. My mother was in in-home hospice at the […]

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Legalese — Coronavirus and HIPAA

04/25/2020 Lori Duff 0

Information is power, and in these uncertain times when we feel weak we want the power that information gives us.  Unfortunately, our desire for information clashes with the privacy rights that individual patients have. HIPAA, […]

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Bast-Et Is All of Us

04/12/2020 Lori Duff 0

My friend sent me, via text message, this picture of her mother’s cat: Something about this cat picture, sent to me two weeks into house arrest via coronapocalypse, spoke to a place deep inside me.  […]

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Legalese — House Arrest

04/11/2020 Lori Duff 0

As we are all on what amounts to house arrest, I thought this would be a good time to explain what house arrest means in real pre-trial or sentencing terms. Like so many different things […]

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My Marriage Can Drink

04/04/2020 Lori Duff 0

My husband and I recently celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary.  This means our marriage is now old enough to drink. That’s good.  It needs a drink. On the one hand, you could say that the […]

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And so on and so on

03/21/2020 Lori Duff 0

Back in the 1970s there was a commercial for Faberge Organic Shampoo[1] that had some All-American looking blonde girl telling two friends about how awesome her shampoo was, and they each told two friends and […]

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Legalese — Don’t Block the Box

03/16/2020 Lori Duff 0

Sitting as a Municipal Court Judge, one of my primary duties is to hear traffic court cases.  There seems to be a lot of confusion about what happens at intersections in terms of who has […]

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Reptiles

03/07/2020 Lori Duff 0

The only explanation that makes sense is that somewhere around the age of 70 we go from being mammals to being reptiles and that is why my parents keep their house near the temperature needed […]

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I Hate Cigarettes

02/23/2020 Lori Duff 0

When my mother turned 62 years old, in honor of her first Social Security check she threw herself a toga party.  She did not invite my sister or I because, honestly, would you invite your […]

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Dried-Up Old Hag

02/09/2020 Lori Duff 0

What my gynecologist actually said was, “Given that you’ll be 50 this summer, the odds of you getting pregnant without reproductive assistance are pretty slim.  So we may want to consider not going forward with […]

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Legalese — Why Get Married?

02/02/2020 Lori Duff 0

Marriage.  Sometimes it can seem like an outdated concept.  “It’s just a piece of paper,” I hear people say.  “I don’t need the state or the church telling me we’re committed to each other.” It […]

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Lost and Found

01/26/2020 Lori Duff 0

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t travel well, and this latest trip proves me right. My son and I were going to Bloomington, Indiana via Indianapolis for his audition for the Jacobs School of Music. […]

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Legalese — Statutes of Limitation

01/19/2020 Lori Duff 0

Statutes of limitation are generally understood as something that limits you in the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit or a charge against someone.  But what do they mean exactly?  A lot […]

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Let Your Freak Flag Fly

01/11/2020 Lori Duff 0

The phrase, “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” has been tumbling around my head for a while.  It pops in, unbidden, shouting, commanding, drowning out other, more hesitant phrases.  I have decided to make it the […]

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