Halloween Sex-Offender Statutes: Do They Go Too Far?

More states, counties, and cities are implementing Halloween measures curbing released and registered sex offenders and those on parole from partaking in Halloween festivities. According to NBC, earlier this month, River Side County in California approved such an ordinance, which sparked some controversy about the effectiveness of such laws and whether they infringe on the rights of sex offenders.… <Read More>

Will the U.S. Supreme Court History Repeat Itself Again?

A look back into the history of this country illustrates that the fight over whether same-sex marriage should be allowed is yet another hotly debated issue that has divided this country and challenged our long-standing notions of morality and tradition.  Less than a century ago the thought of women having a right to vote was deemed unconscionable.  Today women cannot even fathom the fact that they could have ever been denied such a fundamental right as citizens.   About fifty years ago African-Americans fought to have the same rights as white Americans to vote, to frequent public establishments, and to utilize public transportation; whether black children should be allowed to attend the same schools as white children was hotly disputed; blacks were denied admittance into graduate schools, and interracial marriages were prohibited.   Today our country is being led by a black (or to be more accurate – interracial) president who attended an Ivy League law school.  The contested list of constitutional rights is long.   And if an old adage that “history tends to repeat itself” is true, then it is just a matter of time before the right to a same-sex marriage becomes the supreme law of the land, and protests and debates are featured on the History channel.  Until then, we just have to wait and watch as this fight plays out in the courts, in the Congress, in the upcoming presidential elections, and in our streets.… <Read More>

No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service…No Problem

California has been getting pretty creative in their attempts to create revenue to help pay for the huge amount of single mothers on the welfare rolls.

Absentee parents (primarily fathers) have long been the thorn in the side of reform movements trying to get parents to support their children at least financially.  California like many other states have had to change their laws to do so.  States now have streamlined the process, and have been much more likely to enter default judgments, shorten the time for fathers to dispute paternity, as well as curb the remedies for being wrongly named a parent.… <Read More>