poetic justis

O Precinct Captain, my Precinct Captain! Election Day is done,
The neighborhood is quiet now, the job we sought is won,
The voters near, their voices clear, our friends are now departing;
With rolling eyes and shaking heads, the signs all disappearing;

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I had the privilege of meeting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia twice.  First I met him when he visited the University of Illinois College of Law while I was a student there; the second time was several years ago when he visited again while I was on the school’s Board of Advisors.  He was a fascinating jurist, and every bit the conservative Constitutional purist for which he is being remembered.  Now that a successor has been selected, at least in form if not in substance, I have felt the need to reflect.

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I live in the City of Peoria’s 78th Precinct. Anyone living in this Precinct who voted on the Republican ballot, probably noticed I was on it for the position of Precinct Committeeman. I even won, which was easy since I ran unopposed. But then, I received votes from Absentee Voting and Early Voting, so something went right. When I decided to run for the position, I wasn’t quite sure what I would need to do if I won. I only knew my Uncle held the job in Galesburg for many years and he liked it. So I researched the job requirements, and here is what I found:

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My case ended early
So I quickly packed my files
To return to my office;
The next matter might not go so well.

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thephoto

I learned a secret lost today,
For thirty years it ran astray
With songs and albums on display,
But now I've thrown them all away.

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A recent case has raised concern over the level of protection afforded under the traditional corporate veil. We need to watch this closely to ascertain whether this is an isolated case or a developing trend. According to a recent case in the Appellate Court for the First District, which for practical purposes is Cook County, a non-shareholder who is not an officer, director, or employee of a corporation, may be found individually liable for a judgment against a corporation.

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On January 1, 2014, a new regulation by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau went into effect that prohibits a lender from initiating foreclosure on a residential loan until the debtor is 120 days past due. For those who are unaware, this bureau is an "independent" agency established by the "Dodd-Frank Act" to regulate every lender and debt collector under the sun. Like many regulations set forth by the bureau, conflicting authority has developed over this one. Specifically, lenders need to know whether sending a demand letter is prohibits during this 120 day period.

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Recently a Miami Crime Stoppers official was ordered to hand over a piece of paper that included an anonymous tip leading to a cocaine-related arrest, and instead the witness swallowed the evidence as he sat in the courtroom. As a result, the witness was issued a contempt citation and might get as much as two weeks in jail for disobeying the judge's order.

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Legal pundits have been musing over the arrest and indictments of the Chairman and three other managing attorneys for fraud against creditors in the demise of former power firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. Some have joked over whether uniformed officers marched in unison through the hallowed hallways of a magnificently silent law office, as four handcuffed attorneys are escorted away while astonished staff members gaze in disbelief. This is a rare occurrence indeed, but it sure brings back memories for me.

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