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They Come in Threes

09/17/2017 Lori Duff 0

Honestly, the day started out just fine if you don’t count the fact that I had to set my alarm for 6 on a Saturday morning.  I drove my son to his rehearsal at the […]

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LEGALESE — Funeral Processions

09/10/2017 Lori Duff 0

It is sadly true what they say – the only things inevitable in this life are death and taxes.  When death occurs, it is generally our custom to have a funeral, and along with a […]

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Driving with Mario

09/02/2017 Lori Duff 0

I’m pretty sure that my husband goes out of his way to accelerate and brake in the car in such as way as to maximize the g-forces his passengers experience.  It is in this way […]

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Dress Code Blues

08/05/2017 Lori Duff 0

‘Tis the beginning of the school year, and, ergo, ‘tis the time of year in which teenagers all around the world get huffy about their schools’ dress codes.  The teenagers in my house are no […]

Legalese

Legalese — The Official State Dog

07/31/2017 Lori Duff 0

Georgia Laws are put together in a series of books called the “Official Code of Georgia Annotated,” or O.C.G.A. for short. Turns out that within the O.C.G.A. there are a number of other designations for […]

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Selling Paradise

07/23/2017 Lori Duff 0

I have to sell a little piece of paradise, and I’m hoping you will help me.  I mean, I don’t have to have to, I’m not a desperate seller, but it doesn’t make sense for […]

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Legalese — Involuntary Intoxication

07/16/2017 Lori Duff 0

There are a lot of criminal offenses that require mens rea.  Mens rea is a Latin term that literally means, “guilty mind.”  It is used in law to describe a state of mind in which you knew what you were doing.   […]

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Drinking on the Job

07/10/2017 Lori Duff 0

My husband and I have had a long standing argument about whether or not I am a cheap date.  He swears I am.  I wasn’t convinced.  The problem, I joked, was that he was comparing […]

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Legalese — Fighting Words

07/08/2017 Lori Duff 0

Georgia is not alone in that it has a statute which prohibits people from using “fighting words.”  But what are fighting words, exactly? It is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-11-39(3) under ‘disorderly conduct’ this way: “A […]

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Customer No-Service

07/06/2017 Lori Duff 0

I work in a law office.  And, working in a law office, we get more calls from the jail than your average business that isn’t a bail bondsman might.  In fact, getting calls from the […]

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Legalese — Citizens Arrest!

07/03/2017 Lori Duff 0

“Citizen’s Arrest!”  We’ve all heard that term on TV and in the movies – but is it really a thing?  In Georgia it is. O.C.G.A. §17-4-60 says that a “private person may arrest an offender […]

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Ghost Tour

06/26/2017 Lori Duff 0

I found myself in Savannah, GA for a work conference and, because this sort of thing is what passes for a vacation for my family, I dragged them all along.  They entertained themselves during the […]

Legalese

Legalese — Stop Signs

06/25/2017 Lori Duff 0

A stop sign is so familiar looking that even a child who is too young to read can recognize the red octagon for what it is.  However, my experience as a Municipal Court Judge tells […]

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I Hate My Son

06/19/2017 Lori Duff 0

It’s probably wrong on a fundamental level for me to be so insanely jealous of my own child that I kind of hate him a little bit.  Jacob, whose friends are clearly of a higher […]

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Legalese — Jaywalking

06/18/2017 Lori Duff 0

Jaywalking is another of those legal terms that people bandy about without knowing the technical definition.  It goes hand in hand with the phrase “pedestrians have the right of way.”  So when do pedestrians really […]

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There’s a Salad in my Bathroom

06/13/2017 Lori Duff 0

    One of the most interesting things about being a parent is how often you find yourself saying things that you never thought you’d say.  There are plenty of sentences that have flown out of […]

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