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You know you've been tempted to do it - to toss your jury summons in the garbage and pretend it got lost in the mail. Besides, what's the worst that can happen? It's not like missing jury duty is a crime...or is it? more...

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Although the term itself may seem self-explanatory, there is more to the hearsay rule than is covered on Perry Mason. Broadly defined, "hearsay" is testimony or documents quoting people who are not present in court, and hearsay evidence is inadmissible for lack of a firsthand witness. But, evidence always seems to make its way into court through various exceptions. So what exactly are they? more...

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CBS has CSI and CSI Miami. NBC has Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU. Court TV has Forensic Files. As these courtroom dramas and docu-dramas draw a combined audience of over 50 million viewers, it is not surprising that the effect of their popularity is becoming evident in the real world, specifically in real-life criminal trials. more...

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So, you were driving too fast on the freeway again and got another speeding ticket. You know you're not doing your driving record any favors. Of course, the best thing to do from here on out is to be a safe, law-abiding driver, and stick to driving within the speed limit. Unfortunately, nothing will guarantee your immunity - even then you just might get pulled over. How can you avoid getting slapped with a ticket? Is it really possible? Below are some tips for getting out of a traffic ticket for a moving violation, or at least making the attempt. more...

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Plea-bargaining in capital murder cases: is it is fair to the victims or their families? The very process seems to bypass the notion of justice. A light sentence in exchange for an admission of guilty hardly seems fair. So, why play "let's make a deal" with captured murderers? Here are some of the arguments. more...

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In American criminal law, one of the most popular defenses you can claim is self-defense. Many times this happens in assault cases. However, it is most notoriously and many times most effectively, used as a homicide defense. So how do you make a self-defense claim? It depends. Read more on how to make a self-defense claim. more...

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During jury selection, defense attorney Deborah Poole complained that her 79 year-old client, Lena Sims Driskell, could not receive a fair trial with a jury of her peers because the juror pool lacked enough older people from which to select. Of the 58 jurors in the pool, a scant few were over 60. more...

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You're on trial for a crime, but you don't think you should be convicted even though yes, you did commit the crime. Is this possible? Absolutely. Understand the possible defenses in a criminal court case and you may be allowed to technically break the law, but not be found innocent of wrong-doing. more...

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For years, extensive court coverage was something left to the newspapers. Even then, it was left to the back pages unless they involved major crimes. That was before the O.J. Simpson trial. Now trial coverage is a regular part of local news programming. In the last few years, there has been a push for the nation's highest court to do the same.Read more to find out if the Supreme Court may allow cameras in court. more...

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One of the basic tenets of the relationship between an attorney and the client is that any information which passes between the two remains confidential. This concept is also known as the attorney client privilege. Based on early English common law, the idea of privilege is a simple one - a client maintains the privilege to refuse to disclose or to have an attorney disclose any communications that occur while one is seeking legal advice. more...

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