Author Archives: Tristan Blaine

RIGHT OF THE DAY: Free Legal Defense When Charged With Serious Crime

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: If you are charged with a serious crime, and cannot afford an attorney, the government must provide you with a defense attorney free of charge. 1U.S. Constitution, 6th amendment; Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963); Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972) More specifically, this means low-income people cannot be put in jail without being provided an attorney (usually a “public

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: If Police Don’t Charge You With Crime, Must Release You Within Short Time

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: After an arrest, if police don’t formally charge you with a crime within a short period of time, they must release you. 1U.S. Constitution, 6th Amendment [Update: Sentence was edited to clarify meaning] You might think there’s no way this kind of thing happens in our society, but in fact officials in the state of Mississippi

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Protection From Voter Intimidation

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: You have the right to protection against people who attempt to intimidate you in your efforts to vote or to register to vote. 1U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 245 Don’t like your member of Congress? Don’t complain, vote! (OK you can vote AND complain). If you haven’t yet been bombarded by hundreds of campaign ads, you may

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: No Military Investigation of Civilians

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: The U.S. military is prohibited from investigating or enforcing state laws against civilians. 1Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 NCIS is not just a TV show. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is responsible for investigating crimes against or by members of the Navy and Marine Corps.  While NCIS is allowed to investigate its members on or off base, it is strictly

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New marijuana farmers market in L.A. ordered temporarily shut down

The recently opened marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights was shut down temporarily until a judge determines whether it should be allowed or not. So who is to blame/thank for this? 1. L.A. voters who approved Proposition D in 2013 (and eligible voters who didn’t vote), which restricts where pot shops could do business and the number of them that

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Help! I’m having problems with the product I bought but the seller isn’t cooperating!

So you bought a new gizmo and something’s not quite right. First you should of course contact the seller or manufacturer. If they are being shady and/or evasive, here’s what you need to know: What are my rights after buying a product? (1) You may reject (refuse to accept) a product that does not conform to the contract or the seller’s promises. The

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