June 2013

 

Guess How Much to Run This Place Every Year?

What would you say if I told you the federal government is spending at least $800 million dollars on something you don’t like or want? It’s happening. Year after year and the actual figure is probably closer to $1 billion dollars.

Fact: Recent public opinion polls show a huge majority of us do not approve of the job Congress is doing. The folks at the Gallup organization report the lowest level of citizen confidence in our Senators and Congressional representatives ever recorded for any institution in the history of their polling. [click to continue…]

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Don’t Slam Surrogacy – Slam the Lack of Laws

It is not some science fiction movie plot. It is real. Human beings are being manufactured and sold – right here in America.

Even more shocking is the fact that decades after the first commercial U.S. sperm bank was opened (1971), after the world’s first test tube baby was born (1978), and after the first U.S. court case regarding surrogacy played out (1986), this country still has no uniform law regulating how surrogate babies are created in a lab and brought into the world.

Let’s be clear at the outset. No one wants to deny a childless couple the right to have, raise and love a child. [click to continue…]

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A Spooky House, the Law and You

by Diane Dimond on June 10, 2013

 

Got Ghosts?

Anyone out there live in a haunted house? It might seem like a silly question but as home sales pick up you should know there are laws against selling a house without full disclosure.

A seller is required to reveal a number of things about their home. Like the condition of roof shingles or whether they have had issues with termites, persistent leaks or radon gas.

Now, in a growing number of states the seller must also report suspected poltergeist problems. [click to continue…]

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Time to Re-Think Laws on Teen Sex

by Diane Dimond on June 3, 2013

 

Can Laws Really Regulate Teen Sex?

If an adult has sexual relations with a 14 year old that’s bad, right? 

Okay, well what if that “adult” has just turned 18 and has a younger teen as a love interest? Would their actions be as serious a crime as, say, a 40-year-old with a young teen? 

The law says yes. The law calls it statutory rape when anyone who has reached adulthood has sex with a person under the age of 16. (In a few states it is age 15) It doesn’t matter if it is an older person is male or female or if the younger person is a girl or boy. It is illegal and often punishable by a hefty prison sentence. 

The case that brings this issue to the forefront is playing out now in Sebastian, Florida. [click to continue…]

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