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The Importance of the Protection of Witnesses in Criminal and Civil Trials
Introduction In the United States, many criminal and civil trials involve the use of testimony from witnesses. The legal system has the responsibility of ensuring that those witnesses are not punished for their decision to come forward and help prosecute someone for committing a crime or civil offense. Witnesses play an im...
A Case Study of the Funeral Protest Against Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder by Westboro Baptist Church and the Lawsuits Filed Against the Church by Albert Snyder
On March 3rd, 2006 Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, of Finksburg, Maryland, died from a non combat-related vehicle accident in Al Anbar province, Iraq. Matthew was 20 years old at the time of his death.(3) On the day of Matthews funeral the Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest the funeral. The Westboro Baptist Ch...
An Ethical Argument on the Illegal Publishing of the Literary Works of Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird has long sat in the upper echelon of American novels. Perhaps the most remarkable testament to this fact is that more than fifty percent of my high school literature class gave it a “thumbs up,” the only book in our year-long curriculum to gain such widespread approval. The class became even more enamo...
The Impact of the Maryland Act Concerning Religion on America's Idea of Democracy
The Maryland Act Concerning Religion was one of the first expressions of America’s ideas on religious freedom. Although many colonists had fled Europe for religious reasons, there weren’t many occurrences of true religious freedom in the colonies. Most towns were selective to their own group, even outlawing members of anoth...
An Analysis of the Events Surrounding the Case of Oscar Whitlock versus the University of Denver
The defendant, Oscar Whitlock, a student at the The University of Denver and member of the Beta Theta Pi suffered an accident while attempting a flip on the fraternity house’s trampoline in the front yard and was rendered a quadriplegic. Whitlock had attended a party at the house the night before and had been drinking exten...
An Analysis of the Events Surrounding the Case of Melissa Nelson versus James Knight
The case concerns the firing of Melissa Nelson, a former employee of James Knight, a dentist. Nelson was hired by Dr. Knight as a dental assistant about 10 years before the events took place and Knight admitted that she was a good dental assistant. A year and a half before Nelson was terminated, Knight began complaining t...
The Consequences of the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado and Washington
The legalization of marijuana has been a hotly contested issue for many years. Within the last three years, two states, Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for both public and medical use. The world watched curiously to see what impact this would have, with anti-marijuana advocates citing doomsday, and pro-mari...
The Pros and Cons of Marijuana Legalization
The Marijuana Problem Cutting across party lines, gender, education, and race; public support for marijuana legalization has increased significantly over the last decade. The United States has seen several states legalize this drug, like Colorado, and after the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, other state legislature...
The Issues of the United States Immigration Policy
“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt. The United States is in a state of disarray. Our legislature has become a battleground where fighting along partisan lines is more important than fixing the issues afflicting...
Regulation of the Internet
The Internet has been more fundamental at reshaping the entire world than any other public policy implemented by any government during the modern era. It has allowed the spread of information and ideas at a rate that is simply unmatched, which has resulted in a plethora of support to keep it as unrestricted as possible. Whi...