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Miranda Rights and National Police Week

Posted by: Jennifer Davis

The following information relies on the recollections and opinions of a retired local jurisdiction law enforcement officer. When Betty wrote her “Legalese” post on terms from legal dictionaries, I mentioned that “mirandize” was one of my favorites. My dad had started his law enforcement career just a few years prior to the Supreme Court’s Miranda …

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Legalese

Posted by: Betty Lupinacci

Looking for a good legal dictionary? Well the Law Library has over 4200 of them, covering countries and languages from Chinese to Estonian to Cameroon.  Many of these titles contain more than one language.  So you could even draft your motion, translate it to French, and then from French to Portuguese, if you were so …

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Introducing the Indigenous Law Portal

Posted by: Tina Gheen

At the recent American Association of Law Libraries Conference, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jolande Goldberg and I had an opportunity to unveil a new Indigenous Law Portal. The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the Web. The …

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An Introduction to Water Law

Posted by: Margaret Wood

Although I grew up in an arid western state, my first real awareness of the complicated rules governing water usage came when I saw the movie The Milagro Beanfield War in 1988.  The action in the movie centers around the accidental and illegal diversion of water by Joe Mondragon, which brings down the wrath of the state government …

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Lessons Learned from AALL in Seattle

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This year I attended my third American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting.  Two years ago in Philadelphia I did a presentation with Christine, Tammie, and Bob on THOMAS.  Last year in Boston, I presented with David, Tina, and Emily Feltren on Law.gov. This year, Tammie, Jeanine, and I went to Seattle to talk …

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John Lilburne, Oaths and the Cruel Trilemma

Posted by: Nathan Dorn

Imagine a court that could force you to incriminate yourself.  It might go about its work like this: you are made to stand before a judge who refuses to give you any details about the charge laid against you.  You are forced to take an oath before your God to answer truthfully any questions that …

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An Interview with Rick Fitzgerald, Librarian

Posted by: Andrew Weber

This week’s interview is with Rick Fitzgerald, a Librarian in the Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate of the Library of Congress. I grew up in Sparta, New Jersey, and moved to Arizona in 1994, where I lived on and off for nine years. I have also lived overseas for brief periods – in the Netherlands and …