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What Is Public Interest Immunity?

There are instances when a litigant, whether it is a plaintiff or defendant, during the course of a court trial, is allowed by the court not to reveal evidence because such evidence would prove to be detrimental to public interest. Such cases refer to public interest immunity, a British common law...

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Cape Wind Project Approved by Feds

A Cape Wind project has been approved by feds. The first offshore windfarm has just been approved by the United States government after nine long years of intense debate and political argument. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, made the official announcement from Cape Cod, Massachusetts,...

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New Illegal Immigration Laws for Arizona Lawmakers

New illegal immigration laws for Arizona lawmakers have been approved with a focus on preventing racial profiling. The laws are expected to be in effect in 90 days time, pending a much anticipated approval from Governor Jan Brewer. A series of bills focus entirely on strengthening restrictions...

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How Many United States Presidents Were Governors First?

Several presidents of the United States occupied prior positions in government. Many of them were actually governors, or heads of a state. This may indicate a sense of trust that people place in that office; if a person has proven that he has been able to lead a state, then this could be a sign...

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What Is Executive Clemency?

The president or chief executive of the government is vested with certain powers he or she is only authorized to exercise. One such power is that of executive clemency, a power that pardons a convicted criminal of his or her crime or to reduce or commute the sentence of a convicted criminal. Granting...

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What Is Diplomatic Immunity?

When a foreign diplomat is charged with an offense or violation, he or she may not be prosecuted or charged because he or she is given diplomatic immunity. This is a kind of legal immunity extended by governments to high-level diplomats in order to prevent any kind of lawsuit or prosecution if a...

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What Is a Crime Against Nature?

The term “crimes against nature” have been in use by the US justice system since 1814. Such crimes refer to sexual acts or practices that are not considered natural. Each state varies upon its definition of crimes against nature, but the most usual types of sexual behavior that are categorized as...

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What Is a Law?

Every state or nation has a set of rules by which its citizens live by. These rules are generally written down for future reference by the state or nation’s posterity. This collection of rules is loosely called law and is applicable to any form of organization or society. Each organization or...

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What Is a Tribunal?

Various types of courts exist to serve numerous purposes. Courts can be referred to in numerous terms as well, one of which is a tribunal. A tribunal is an entity that is given the authority to pass judgment on an issue that has been brought to its attention. A court may be a tribunal in the sense...

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Hunting Bears in New Jersey Sparks Turmoil

Hunting bears in New Jersey sparks turmoil for residents living in areas where bear and human populations increasingly interact. On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 after five years of collecting evidence and weighing opposition, New Jersey officials approved the first bear hunt scheduled for Fall 2010....