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Jury Selection & the Ross Harris Trial

The court and attorneys on both sides face an extra challenge when picking a jury in Cobb County, Georgia for the Justin Ross Harris trial, a case that has had heavy publicity. Mr. Harris is on trial for murder, malice murder, and child cruelty for the death of his 22-month-old son who died in June 2014, after being left in a hot car for over seven hours while his father was at work. Prosecutors accuse Harris of sending lewd text messages, having online conversations, and conducting incriminating Internet searches. Prosecutors believe this is evidence shows Harris’s motive, which was to live a childfree life.


What We Can Learn From Celebrities’ Social Media Blunders

Sometimes famous people do dumb things on social media.

Like in 2014, when Shaquille O’Neal, (former NBA star) used the social media site Instagram to post a picture of himself mocking Jahmel Binon—a young man with ectodermal dysplasia. Ectodermal dysplasia is a disorder that limits hair and tooth growth.


Bankruptcy: How Can It Affect Your Case

When times are hard and business goes wrong, an entrepreneur’s worst nightmare may come true: They may be forced into bankruptcy. The benefit of bankruptcy is that it provides people with a fresh financial start. However, this comes at a cost. A bankrupt’s record will always be in the system (and thus could be found by potential employers). Unsurprisingly, the result reduced trust placed in both an individual and a business. That said, bankruptcy should only be used as the ultimate last resort. It should never be used as a way to escape the threat of creditors.


Immigrants and In-State Tuition

In March, immigrant would-be students in Georgia attempted to challenge the state’s university system. Why? The university system currently doesn’t allow immigrants to take advantage of in-state tuition. Children are often brought to the country as children and then permitted to stay temporarily. However, the state is only required to ensure that they have access to high school tuition.


Sharing and Taking Nude Pictures: What is the Law?

As the Erin Andrews case has shown, sharing nude pictures of celebrities is punishable in law. Andrews was awarded $55 million after she was illegally recorded in the privacy of her hotel room by a stalker and the footage was shared online. Now, the Erin Andrews case was distinctive due to the fact that she was videotaped without her knowledge in a hotel room, and the hotel was partly responsible for this. However, the sharing of her nude picture over the internet has raised the question of whether this is something that should be litigated against in civil law, whether this is, in fact, a sex crime, or whether this is even a crime at all. The legislation and past case law is vague, and the way in which the Internet is increasingly used to hack into private accounts to share information (including pictures) is an issue which the law has never fully addressed.


I Need to Take Medical Leave: What Should I Do?

It isn’t always easy to juggle work and family life. If you or a loved one need to request medical leave you and your employer must follow the provisions set forth in the Family and Medical Leave Act. The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees who are eligible to take unpaid leave from work to care for their family members or to attend to their own medical needs. Only eligible employees are entitled to take this leave. Twelve workweeks of leave within a twelve month period are permitted for the following purposes: the birth of a child/care for a newborn within his or her first year, the placement of a child for adoption or foster care, to look after a spouse, child or parent who is suffering from a serious health problem, any health condition that negatively impacts an employee’s ability to perform his or her job, as well as any other qualifying health reason arising from military duty.


Family Leave: Cases Won in Georgia

Balancing work and life is particularly difficult for employees who have a responsibility to take care of young children or elderly relatives. It isn’t always possible to take time off work for family leave to care for those who need us. If an employee is fortunate, their employer may provide policies that allow for this. However, this isn’t always the case.


Strange Laws in Georgia

Strange laws that regulate a variety of activities exist all over the United States. They tend to be limited to smaller geographic areas (like counties or cities). There are many strange Georgia laws.

One particularly strange law in Kennesaw, Georgia requires every head of household to possess a firearm of some kind as well as ammunition. According to the law: