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.

Gun Trusts: Useful tools or subversive legal instruments?

February 5, 2014

More than half of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history have occurred within the past decade.  In 2012, Americans were rocked by the news of deadly shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado.  Tragedies like those that occurred in Newtown and Aurora spark renewed ...[Continue Reading]

Tasers: How much force is too much?

January 16, 2014

At the Supreme Court of North Carolina’s request, the North Carolina Court of Appeals is set to review Bryan DeBaun’s lawsuit against the City of Durham.  DeBaun claims that the Durham Police Department’s use of force policy is both unconstitutional and dangerous.  On the night of July ...[Continue Reading]

Owning your own content pays off

January 7, 2014

After experiencing the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, photojournalist Daniel Morel posted several photos of the devastation to his Twitter page in hopes of selling them to news agencies and other potential buyers.  Instead, Lisandro Suero, a resident of the Dominican Republic, copied the photos and ...[Continue Reading]
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