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Do Mandatory Minimum Sentence Laws Work?
Do Mandatory Minimum Sentence Laws Work?
The first answerer gives you the 'standard' answer--the ONLY solution to crime is punishment, and if that doesn't work, MORE punishment.
Mandatory minimum sentences are part of a much bigger program that's been going on for decades now, to take power away from defendants and judges and give it to police and prosecutors. The effect of this whole program has been to erode the BIll of Rights, until GW Bush could simply ignore basic principles like habeas corpus and due process. We have prisoners today who have been in prison for years & years and have never actually been charged with a crime!
Prison overcrowding has been a serious problem in many states. We've doubled sentences for most crimes, and then when that didn't work we doubled them again. The Fed. Govt. banned overcrowding prisons, so now when a minor criminal, like a 'casual' drug user, gets a mandatory minimum sentence, and there isn't room for him in an existing state prison, a more serious criminal is released.
According To Adoption Laws In Illinois?
If Child-Support Is Failed To Be Paid, Can The Child Be Adopted By A New Parent, Have The Birth Certificate Changed To State The Name Of The Adoptive Parent, And The Child'S Last Name Be Changed To The Adoptive Parent'S Name, Without The Birth Father Signing Over His Rights? Say The Birth Father Is Not Paying Child Support (Because He Is Incarcerated). Once He Acquires A Job, If He Still Fails To Pay Support, Could His Child Be Adopted By Another Man, Without Him Singing Away His Rights As A Father?
In order for the adoption to happen, the biological fathers parental rights must be terminated. It is POSSIBLE for the court to terminate rights without his consent, but not easy. It may not be technically legal, but there is a practical method of convincing a 'deadbeat dad' to allow an adoption. If he does not cooperate, the mother has option except to AGGRESSIVELY pursue enforcement of the child support order. If he allows the adoption, she has no incentive to do so. This could be considered blackmail, and thus illegal, but the court may chose not to notice in the best interest of the child.
How Do People Flunk Out Of Law School?
How Did They Do In Undergrad?
Whats The Difference Between Law School And Undergrad?
Law school is graded on a full curve; therefore, your grade depends partially determined by how well your classmates do. For this reason, it is not uncommon to see an A student in undergrad become a B student in law school (especially at first). You just have to realize that you are competing against some of the smartest people in America.
As far as actually flunking out, unless you attend some really crummy tier four school somewhere that drops the bottom 10% of the class every year (eg Coolie), you are not likely to actually fail out. At my school (University of Houston), in a class of 250, maybe two or three won't make it. Nationwide, 90-95% of people who begin law school wind up graduating. There is a minimum GPA at my school of 2.5, but the curve means that a bad grade is a C+, not a D, so few actually fall below the standard. To actually flunk an individual law school class, you pretty much have to freak out and write gibberish on the exam.
Seriously, if you treat law school like a full time job, go to class, do the reading, and make some effort at studying for the exams, you are probably not going to fail.
Tenants Have Dog-- Legal Implications-- Insurance?
When I First Got My Condo Insurance They Made A Big Deal About My Tenants Having Dogs. Something About If Someone Gets Bitten They Can Sue The Owner Of The Condo. Does This Still Reign True Even Though My Lease Has A Pet Clause-- About Getting Bitten And I'M Not Responsible? Are There Loopholes That My Insurance Company Is Worried About?
If you know that there is a prohibited breed or dangerous (ie, has bitten before) dog on the premises, then YOU can be held liable for any damages the dog does biting someone else - even though you're only the landlord. Even if the dog isn't typically a dangerous breed or hasn't bitten anyone, if you know the dog is there, or you allow dogs, you can be sued.
The problem is, when kids get bitten by dogs, juries DON'T CARE how much control the mean, greedy landlord had over the dog being there - THEY WILL FIND AGAINST THE LANDLORD, in favor of the cute, small, innocent children, EVERY TIME. They don't care about leases, or hold harmless agreements. You will lose, in court. Period.
So that's why the insurance companies care. So if you have a tenant breaking the lease with a dog there - get 'em out. Quick. Or YOU could end up losing a lot more than a tenant.
What Is Probate Court,And How Long Does It Take If Someone Protests?
probate happens when someone dies with or without a will. the court basically intervenes upon one's passing and distributes the deceased person's estate accordingly. if there's a will, then it will go to the heirs (after creditors, "death taxes" and court fees are paid). if there is no will, then the court will determine who the rightful heirs are. if no heirs exist, then the state gets the $. if someone protests (like in the case of anna nicole smith) then the process could be delayed. usually, the simplest probate can be 6 mos long. complicated ones could last 30 mos or more.
Why An Evidentiary Hearing For Family Court?
My Son Has Been Trying To Get 50/50 Custody Of His Daughter. The Case Has Been Going On For 2 Years (He Initiated It Because Of The Mother'S &Quot;Behavior&Quot;). There Have Been More That 5 Mediation Meetings (The Mom Only Showed Up To 5) And More Than 10 Court Hearings (She Didn'T Show Up To The First Few).
Today The Judge Decided To Make A Call For An &Quot;Evidentiary Hearing&Quot;. What Is Supposed To Happen During This Hearing And What'S The Purpose? Will This Be The Final Decision?
This is the time that actual evidence has to be presented to the court. This would include statements from people who know the mother, the father etc...plus possibly including financial situations, housing situations etc. This simply means that she can not give her opinion, nor can you. If has to be a provable situation or circumstance that shows that there is a reason for the modification of the current custody.
If he knows that the mother has behaved badly, evidence will have to be presented to show that this is a true claim and that the mothers behavior is in some way injurious to the child. Remember...proof, not opinions.
If a guardian ad litem has been appointed by the court, then the report from him or her would be presented at this same time....as would any other report from doctors, psychiatrists or child protective services if any.