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A Simple Case of “Do the Crime, Do the Time”?

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

People who try to bring illegal drugs into any country are clearly taking a high risk in order to obtain the returns they seek.  In some countries, including a number in Southeast Asia, the stakes are very high indeed, as those caught with drugs may face the death penalty or a considerable number of years …

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Henry VIII is Alive and Well and Living in New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, and some of the rules and regulations that seemed to have made things better for people than they might otherwise have been.  The New Zealand Government and Parliament have since tried …

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Celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Posted by: Christine Sellers

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Both the Law Library and the Library of Congress have many resources for researching the Constitution. The Law …

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A Not So California Girl?

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

On my drive to work at the end of last week I heard the joyful news on the radio that singer Katy Perry and British actor/comedian Russell Brand have announced that they are going to get married.  Wonderful!  The second part of the announcement was that Katy Perry loves the UK so much that she wants …

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When the Shaking Stops

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

Residents of Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, continue to have sleepless nights and worry-filled, emotional days as the aftershocks keep coming – nearly a week after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck at 4:35am on Saturday, September 4, 2010.  Apart from all the shaking, there’s also the worry about the amount of time …

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Lockerbie Bomber – The Legal Issues Behind Recalling a Prisoner Released on Compassionate Grounds.

Posted by: Clare Feikert-Ahalt

The recent one year anniversary of the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al-Megrahi, the man convicted in 1999 of the Lockerbie bombings, prompted me to to delve a little further behind the headlines.   Al-Megrahi was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds after doctors diagnosed him with terminal prostate cancer.   I thought …

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Ease Up on the Drink, New Zealand

Posted by: Kelly Buchanan

The title of this post comes from the New Zealand Alcohol Advisory Council’s (ALAC) latest ad campaign targeting the drinking culture.  One of ALAC’s previous campaigns had the punch line “it’s not the drinking – it’s how we’re drinking.”  Anyway, you get the idea – if you need to have ad campaigns telling the country …