Judge Stephen Halsey

I recently read an article about ordinances in some states that make annoying conduct illegal. Such ordinances have frequently been found unconstitutionally vague and, therefore, unenforceable. A least one Minnesota city had its “no loud music” ordinance found unenforceable because of vagueness.  Why should it be illegal and chargeable for teens to play loud rock [...]

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By Judge Stephen Halsey— Your ex parte motion for relief pendente lite is improperly brought and must be dismissed sua sponte but without prejudice.” Huh? Twenty words, six in Latin, completely incomprehensible legalese to all but Latin-speaking lawyers and judges.  Surveys have shown that a significant percentage of citizens who have appeared in court, whether [...]

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