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Legalese — Respecting the Flag

10/08/2017 Lori Duff 0

There has been much talk recently about respect for the flag of the United States of America.  People have different ideas about what respect for the flag means, and what is and isn’t disrespectful.  Luckily, […]

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Legalese — Executive Orders

09/23/2017 Lori Duff 0

If you’ve lived in the United States in the past 12 months, and you’ve been paying the least bit of attention, it is difficult to imagine you haven’t heard the phrase “executive order.” So what […]

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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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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 […]

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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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