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Legalese — Long Loads

06/20/2020 Lori Duff 0

How many times have you been driving down the road and there is a truck or trailer in front of you that has lumber or logs in the bed that are sticking out?  Sometimes there […]

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Legalese — The Right to Assembly

06/06/2020 Lori Duff 0

The United States of America originated with a rebellion.  Our forefathers and mothers became so frustrated when the King of England wouldn’t listen to them and address their grievances that they fought a war and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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  Sometimes it can seem like an outdated concept.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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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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Legalese — You Can’t Shoot a Thief

12/23/2019 Lori Duff 0

There was a headline recently that indicated that it was not ok to shoot someone who was stealing packages off your front porch.  This headline provoked a lively debate on social media about self-defense, defense […]

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Legalese — Reverse Mortgages

12/08/2019 Lori Duff 0

Reverse mortgages are things that have come up a lot lately, and there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding about what they are and how they are used, so I thought I’d explain the […]

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Legalese — Women and Credit Cards

11/11/2019 Lori Duff 0

There are a lot of rights that have been around long enough that we take them for granted.  But truly, they haven’t been around all that long.  Any right that only came into being during […]

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Legalese — Emoluments Clause

10/26/2019 Lori Duff 0

“Emolument” is another one of those words that has been popping up a lot on the news and in social media that has a very specific legal definition, so I thought I’d talk about it […]

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