Sep 28, 2016

If You Think Lawyers Don’t Know What They’re Doing Now, Just Wait

JusticeYep, as indicated in this story in the ABA Journal, it appears the quality of law school students is declining sharply and law school grads are also flunking the bar exam at a record rate.

© 9/28/2016 Lawrence B. Hunt of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.… Read more

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Sep 27, 2016

At Our University You’d Best Keep Your Suicidal Thoughts to Yourself

Depression - 092716Northern Michigan University apparently disciplines students who tell other students they are feeling suicidal or self-destructive because those thoughts might be uncomfortable.  Apparently the school would rather students with such feelings harm or kill themselves than seek help from their peers.  As discussed at Popehat Blog, the school’s approach is contrary to what mental health professionals would suggest.

© 9/27/2016 Lawrence B. Hunt of Hunt & Associates, P.C.  All rights reserved.… Read more

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Sep 26, 2016

Don’t Ask How Much Money the Police Have Taken

NYPDOddly, the New York City Police Department claims that it can’t determine how much money it has seized from citizens over the past four years.  Apparently, New York City has taken so much money through civil forfeiture in the past four years that it can’t count it all.  The NYPD claims that just trying to figure out how much it has taken through civil forfeiture over that 4-year period would crash its computer system.  For … Read more

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Sep 23, 2016

Just Because You’ve Completed Your Sentence Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Later Imprison You for What You Have Not Done

Figure of JusticeA recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision illustrates one of many Kafkaesque aspects of our justice system.  In Clark v. Ryan, Case No. 15-15531 decided September 2, 2016, a three judge panel affirmed the state court conviction and 3-½ year prison sentence imposed for failing to comply with a sex offender registration statute enacted after the petitioner was convicted of the underlying crime.

In 1982 Davie Clark, who was then 18 years old, … Read more

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Sep 15, 2016

Ready to Launch? Oregon’s ABLE Accounts to Open for Business in December 2016

MoneyOur past blogs have told you about a recently enacted federal law, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish accounts that can be used to pay expenses related to their disabilities.[1]  Up to $14,000.00 can be contributed to an ABLE account each year.  Account earnings grow tax deferred and, provided the funds are used by the account owner to pay for “qualified … Read more

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Aug 11, 2016

Estate Planning Checklist

Old HandsThe words “estate planning” can evoke a wide variety of reactions. To some folks, the words are an unpleasant reminder of death’s inevitability, triggering anxiety and the all too understandable tendency to avoid the subject altogether. To others, those of a perhaps more sanguine disposition, the subject might merit consideration but only by “people with money”; i.e., not them. Still others, who have taken prudence to heart and already made a will, the subject may … Read more

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Aug 4, 2016

ABLE Accounts Can Be a Game Changer for People with Disabilities

Photo of moneyWe have previously told you about recently enacted federal legislation, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”), which allows persons with disabilities to establish tax favored savings accounts which can be used to pay for expenses related to their disabilities.

A recent article highlights the dilemma faced by people with disabilities who can be disqualified from government benefit programs on which they rely, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income, … Read more

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Aug 3, 2016

You May Not Be Guilty but We’ll Keep You in Prison

Courthouse - 080416In a recent case the Oregon Court of Appeals held that just because it appeared that the petitioner was not actually guilty of the crimes to which he pled guilty, there was no reason to let him out of prison before he had served his full term.

In the case, Hardin v. Popoff, 279 Or App 290 (2016), the petitioner had pled guilty in 2007 to four counts of encouraging child sexual abuse based on … Read more

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Aug 2, 2016

For the Best Price, Steal It!

Cash register - 080416We’re all familiar with those signs in retail shops selling fragile items that say, “If you break it, you buy it.”  No one protests that rule or insists on a discount to the wholesale price the store paid to acquire the item it was selling.  After all, when the item was broken the store not only lost what it had paid for the broken item, but also for its overhead, display, promotion of that item, … Read more

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Jul 27, 2016

You Can’t Kill the Cow to Get More Milk – Oregon’s Measure 97 and the Destructive Impulse to Over Tax

CowWinston Churchill described the art of intelligent taxation as knowing how to keep the cow healthy and alive so as to maximize its milk production.  The prime directive of good policy is to not kill the cow.  If the cow dies, there’s no more milk.  Without the milk of tax income, government can’t live. In Oregon the cow’s health, if not its life, is now in peril.

Unfortunately, government’s insatiable appetite often tempts it to … Read more

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