Understanding the Law
Explaining court cases, statutes, and executive actions across the country, providing valuable analysis of the facts and legal impact on the public.
Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never break me—but can they?
Many policymakers across the United States have argued that arming school staff may be the most effective way to prevent a shooting or stop one that has already begun. ...[Continue Reading]
Defendant lawmakers argue the shifting of voters was a ripple effect required to remedy the constitutional defects.
Every attorney is all but guaranteed to encounter clients with either acute or chronic mental health conditions that will have some bearing upon their case – from their capacity to simply convey the facts of their situation in an intake interview to the presentation of an insanity defense to the ...[Continue Reading]
The truth is that only those officers, under those circumstances, at that scene, on that day, can truly account for both what was and was not reasonable. ...[Continue Reading]
The debate surrounding North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) Law is not new, nor has a clear winner ever been declared. That may be about to change. A 2018 lawsuit filed by a Winston Salem surgeon will potentially set the stage for courts to declare a winner. North Carolina’s ...[Continue Reading]
In 2004 the United States Secret Service concludedthat attackers “varied considerably in demographic, background, and other characteristics” and was unable to develop a profile of a “school shooter.” The Secret Service did find that school shooters shared certain characteristics. ...[Continue Reading]
Laws regarding animal rights continue to change as humans have begun to rethink what it means to own a “pet.” ...[Continue Reading]
Racially-motivated redistricting in North Carolina ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States. ...[Continue Reading]
Over 200 alienation of affection lawsuits are filed in North Carolina every year, and each one provides the judiciary with an opportunity to decide the fate of the controversial tort. ...[Continue Reading]
The legal fight over federal land continues to impact private citizens, tribal lands, and businesses, and a new administration has left many questioning the future of federal land regulation. ...[Continue Reading]
A new bill would allow craft beer breweries to distribute more beer, making them more competitive with national brands. ...[Continue Reading]
Determining whether the crime for which an alien was convicted was or was not a “crime of violence” is key. ...[Continue Reading]
The defamation judgment against Rolling Stone is consistent with a 2016 trend that could have the effect of chilling speech among media entities. ...[Continue Reading]