Judge Stephen Halsey

by Judge Steve Halsey You may be wondering what these three things have to do with the court.  If you are of a certain vintage, you recall the frequent bar fights on 1960s classic TV programs, such as “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”  A “cocktail” of alcohol, testosterone, and romance frequently still results in bar fights.  Just [...]

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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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