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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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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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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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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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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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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Legalese — Habeas Corpus

06/12/2017 Lori Duff 0

Habeas Corpus is one of those legal terms that most people seem to have heard of at some point, but can’t quite define.  They know it has something to do with someone being arrested, and […]

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Legalese — Emojis and the Law

06/03/2017 Lori Duff 0

Last week I wrote about how spouting off on Facebook could be a potential felony.  This week, I’d like to get into another odd subject dealing with social media and emails – emojis. It’s hard […]

Columns

Bees: The rest of the story

05/25/2017 Melanieann Jackson 0

The Spring/Summer issue of Walton Living Magazine 2017 features a story about honey bees. In this issue we are familiarized with a basic understanding of the whys and the wherefores of these incredible little creatures and the […]

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Legalese — Separation of Powers

05/21/2017 Lori Duff 0

“Separation of Powers.”  It’s a phrase that you may or may not remember from your 7th grade social studies class when you (hopefully) learned basic civics.  But what does it really mean, and how does […]

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Legalese — Limited Driving Permits

05/06/2017 Lori Duff 0

Living in the state of Georgia, where a comprehensive public transportation isn’t generally found (or desired), losing one’s driver’s license can be devastating.  If you don’t have a driver’s license, you may very well have […]

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Legalese — Missing Persons

04/30/2017 Lori Duff 0

How many times have you seen it on TV?  Where someone is missing, but then there’s that ‘rule’ that you can’t call the police until they have been missing for 24, or maybe 48 hours.  […]

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Legalese — Notaries

04/23/2017 Lori Duff 0

Often, when you have to sign a document, you will be requested to do so in front of a notary.  What does that mean exactly? Well, in the first place, it means that the notary […]

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Legalese — Standardized Testing

04/02/2017 Lori Duff 0

It’s spring.  The birds are singing, the pollen is drifting, and it’s time for standardized testing.  This gets lots of people in a tizzy, and they want to know what they can do about it. […]

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