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September 2016 Archives

Ignorance of the law is no excuse, but what about confusion?

Latin is a dead language, except in the legal profession and some churches. Just because it's dead doesn't mean that some key phrases first cast in Latin have gone to the grave. "Ignorantia juris non excusat" is an example.

Under corporate investigations, individuals need personal counsel

Your company being under federal investigation is not a pleasant thing to contemplate. One of the most positive things one might be able to say about such a situation is that the process of a federal probe tends to be rather transparent. When under investigation, you will generally know very early on. That makes it possible to become proactive on defense.

Is medical marijuana legal in North Carolina?

The status of marijuana is undergoing significant change in the culture of the United States. It is not happening fast. Indeed, the legacy of marijuana is such that the process of decriminalizing it is happening in incremental steps. Laws vary from state to state and marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. All that variation makes for some complicated situations if police and prosecutors choose to press drug charges.

Where's the legal line on child pornography and selfies?

Anthony Weiner is in the news again for sexting. This time, as copious news outlets have reported in recent days, the former congressman's penchant for sending questionable pictures of himself led him to include his own child in at least one shot. It also led to his spouse to declare their separation. According to one news report, the events could also spark an investigation by child services officials.