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Blog Posts in September, 2015

  • New Legislation Possible for "Blue Water" Navy Veterans

    || 24-Sep-2015

    The recent Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) decision opened the door for more “blue water” Navy veterans to receive service-connections for disorders related to Agent Orange exposure. However, there have been some recent developments that might open that door even wider. News reports are now suggesting that more Navy veterans might have been exposed through the distilled ...
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  • Reasonable Accommodation for Religious Beliefs

    || 23-Sep-2015

    Recently a Kentucky county clerk was held in contempt of court for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses out of observance of her religious beliefs. While this clerk was an elected official, the publicity highlighted the issue of what obligations an employer has to accommodate employees with religious beliefs. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which applies to employers of 15 or more ...
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  • When Should a Defendant Testify?

    || 9-Sep-2015

    In any criminal case, the defendant has the right to testify and the right not to testify. If a defendant chooses not to testify, the fact that the defendant did not testify cannot be held against him in court. Furthermore a defendant in a criminal case is entitled to a jury instruction which informs the jury that the defendant has a constitutional right to testify and that the fact that the ...
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  • Sentencing in Federal Court

    || 8-Sep-2015

    Most people have a basic understanding of the process involved to determine a sentence for a person convicted of a crime. In most state courts, a judge imposes a sentence based upon parameters set by the legislature. As an example, in the State of Nebraska, a Class III felony is punishable by a term of imprisonment between one (1) and twenty (20) years in prison. For a person convicted of a Class ...
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