In just a few short decades, our society has become more and more dependent on technology. It, along with the developed social sphere created through social media websites, has connected our society in ways that no one could have ever imagined.
Many have developed a strong presence through social media. Saying things like, "Message me" and "I'll tag you" have become a part of our everyday vocabulary. Every time we log in, we post a permanent record of our lives by "sharing" or posting our thoughts, comments, photos and other personal details on sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for the whole world to see. Even when you think you have deleted something, there is a strong possibility that images of your uploads have been stored by one of countless web archiving services. Your phone is also capable of storing information from sites you have visited.
Let's face it; communication through social media has become the new norm for how we document our lives. In fact, over 89% of people under the age of 30 are active social media users and 65% of all adults are connected through social media websites. It is because of trends and statistics like these that social media now also plays a role in many types of legal proceedings.
What is an IVC Filter?
Over the Labor Day Weekend, officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) stepped up their DUI enforcement efforts. According to WJTV News Channel 12, in one of the divisions, there were at least seven DUI arrests and one drug arrest during the expanded enforcement period. Officers also responded to nine crashes, where at least one person was injured.
A class of drugs known as SGLT-2 Inhibitors, used in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes, have come under fire for the serious risks associated with the drugs. The drugs involved are: Janssen's (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) Invokana and Invokamet, AstraZeneca's Farxiga and Xigduo XR and Boehringer Ingelheim's Glyxambia and Jardiance. Rather than metabolizing blood sugars in the body in the way older diabetic drugs do, SGLT-2 inhibitors block reabsorption of the glucose after it passes through the kidneys. Many consider the way in which SGLT-2 drugs use the kidneys to be unnatural, and the process may be a significant factor in the development of diabetic ketoacidosis.
A man has been arrested in connection with a gas station burglary in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 46-year-old William Hughes has been arrested and accused of breaking in and burglarizing the Shell gas station at 5492 Watkins Drive. Hughes allegedly broke the front glass window with a rock.
I get this question all the time. People HATE jury duty. Until they actually serve on a jury that is. The folks who have served on a jury tell me that it was one of the most "American" things they have ever done. Yes, I know the "hurry up and wait" process is horrible (welcome to my world) but as a juror you really get to take part in one of the things that make this country great. The "right to a jury trial" is guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mississippi has this right embedded in our Constitution as well.
But there are legitimate ways to get of jury duty so let's look at those:
1. Will being on a jury result in a serious financial loss to you? If so, you can be excused but the Judge may require more information than just you saying this.
2. Must be 21 years or older. Please don't bring a fake I.D.
3. Must be able to read and write. But since you ARE reading this I guess you don't qualify for this exception.
4. Can't be a convicted felon. (Should have hired Coxwell & Associates!)
5. Can't be an habitual drunkard. However, non-habitual drunkards are permitted.
6. Can't be a common gambler. Uncommon gamblers are apparently ok.
7. You must not have been convicted of illegally selling alcoholic beverages within the last 5 years. Obviously this law was on the books when Mississippi was a dry state.
8. Can't have a case currently pending in the court in which you are asked to serve as a jury.
9. If you are over the age of 65 you can be excused automatically. Once again, no fake ID's!
10. If jury duty would cause a personal hardship to you you can be excused as well. And no, listening to boring attorneys for a week is NOT a personal hardship.
Every person in American is entitled to the protection of our great Bill of Rights. One of the Rights that I have written about before is the Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent. The Mississippi Constitution of 1890 contains a Bill of Rights that parallels those in the United States Constitution. For example the Mississippi Constitution has a Right similar to the 4th Amendment (right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure), and rights like the 5th and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
What you may not know is that the U.S. Supreme Court sets the "floor" through its interpretation of our Federal Bill of Rights. What I mean by that is when the U.S. Supreme Court tells the states how a right must be applied or enforced, the various states can provide greater protections to its citizens than offered by the federal interpretation, but they cannot give less. Does that make sense? Mississippi is one of those states that has on occasion provided greater protection through the Mississippi Constitution than is provided by the Federal Constitution. This fact alone is why when you are suspected of or charged with a criminal offense you need an attorney or team of attorneys who know both Federal and State Constitutional Law. A good example of a Mississippi Miranda case can be found here.
Let's go back to your Right to remain silent. I believe this is one of the most valuable rights you can have if, and I say "if," you use it correctly. I advise people all the time that the right to remain silent is yours to use, or lose. If you are approached by someone in law enforcement and you think for a second that they suspect you of a criminal offense, invoke your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer. If the investigator says you are not under arrest then you don't have to speak to him/her at all. You are free to go. You are not required to go down to the station and answer questions. It might make the investigator mad, or they make use subtle coercion to get you to talk, but you must insist on your right to remain silent or suffer the consequences. Furthermore, you should state clearly and unequivocally (without any doubt) that you want to speak with your lawyer. If you don't have a lawyer tell the investigator you will get a lawyer and have the lawyer get in touch with him/her. If the investigator threatens to arrest you then you need to understand that may happen, but at least you will not be giving up one of your most important and valuable rights without first getting competent and experienced advice. When you get an experienced lawyer the two (2) of you can decide what the best choice for you.
One of my favorite websites to waste time on is Buzzfeed, a "social news and entertainment company." I would estimate that 80% of the site's content is silly nonsense, but that doesn't keep me from checking it every day. The other 20% of the site is real news; the journalists on the site break news, cover ongoing items of interest, and engage in original reporting, all through its websites and social media personas, especially Twitter. A few weeks ago, I noticed that a few of the Buzzfeed staff members I follow on Twitter were commenting on an internet "thread" that started on one person's Twitter feed. I started following the story, which was compelling, but after a while, I went to bed. You can find coverage of that story here.