If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it. – Julius Caesar
Recently, New Jersey Representative Leonard Lance had reported to the American public in an Tea Party Rally that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has refused to account for the purchase of nearly 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition.gov against guns
In his concluding remarks, Lance stated, “I think we need to make sure we continue to live in a country based on freedom a country based on individual rights and I hope that we in Congress get the answers to these questions.”, with regards to the DHS purchases.
And the DHS is right back at buying more ammunition for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, in particular, .40 caliber S&W Jacketed Hollow Point (JHP) rounds. Since the start of 2013, two contracts were awarded in January and again in February.
In the two previous purchases, the request was 200,000 for each contract one of which has some potential fraud issues. This purchase is different, and requests 360,000 rounds.
LI 001: Ammunition, Commercial leaded training ammo (CLTA) Pistol .40 caliber 165 grain, jacketed hollow point (JHP)
p/n P40HSTS3G or equal Brass casing. Quantity of 360,000 rounds –
newly loaded unit price per 1000 rounds with FOB Destination., 360, CA
This recent contract holds the potential for fraud as well. On 18 March 2013, a request was made for a variety of small arms ammunition. Please note they are now displaying the total amounts of rounds being requested to avoid confusion:
LI 001: 45 Long Colt 250 gr. JHP total rounds 4000, 200, bx;
LI 002: 45 ACP 230GR JHP 1000 rounds per box total rounds 20,000, 20, mx;
LI 003: 22 LONG RIFLE CCI GREEN TAG COMPETITION RIMFIRE AMMUNITION total rounds 40,000, 400, bx;
LI 004: 30-30 160 gr. this is being used for a Government gun. total rounds 4,680, 234, bx;
LI 005: 12 GAUGE #8 BIRDSHOT WINCHESTER AA LIGHT TARGET AA128 total rounds 20,00, 80, bx;
LI 006: 410 GAUGE #9 WINCHESTER AA TARGET AA4109 total rounds 10,000, 40, bx;
LI 007: .357 MAGNUM 180 GRAIN JHP total rounds 6,000, 300, bx;
LI 008: 7.69X39MM 123 GRAIN total rounds 5,000, 250, bx;
Three days later, or yesterday, the solicitation was modified to alter some of the language only. Not the ammunition amounts.
Yesterday, the solicitation for the .40 caliber rounds was made and not integrated into the previous solicitation. The ammunition is to be delivered to the exact same location: Artesia, New Mexico. This creates more work and a would allow a contract to be “given” to a manufacturer who does not actually deliver a product yet provides a kickback or other forms of graft.
The .40 caliber is being requested by Procurement Specialist Linda Morrow, while the small arms ammunition is being handled by Procurement Technician Filipita Dennis. In the government food chain a specialist “out-ranks” a technician. In the solicitation for ammunition that potentially was fraudulent, Cynthia Doster, a Contracting Officer (out-ranks the first two) handled the request.
How to Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia
It is easy to become overwhelmed when looking for a personal injury attorney. Here are some tips to find an attorney who will best represent you in your personal injury claim.
1.If you have a friend who is an attorney but does not practice personal injury law, he or she may still know and be able to recommend a lawyer whom he or she knows and trusts will work hard for you.
2.Sometimes friends or loved ones may have had a motor vehicle collision and hired an attorney. Ask them. At the very least they can tell you who to avoid if they did not have a pleasant experience.
3.Local bar associations have referral hot lines. If you do not know of an attorney, you may contact one of these bar associations for a referral. Keep in mind that not all attorneys are members of local bar associations, but you can be assured that if an attorney is, he or she usually has errors and omissions insurance coverage or malpractice coverage.
4. The internet is slowly replacing the Yellow Pages as the place where people look to find their attorney. You should realize that anyone can put up a website, however. What information does the website provide you about your problem? Does the attorney seem to want to help you by providing free helpful information or does he or she just want you to speak with an investigator to be signed up?
5. Not everyone advertises in the Yellow Pages. This should be one of your last resources for finding an attorney. Just because an attorney has the biggest ad does not mean he/she is the best attorney, so be extremely careful about evaluating an attorney from the Yellow Pages.
6. Interview several attorneys. You should feel comfortable with the attorney you select. Heres what you can expect from a personal injury attorneys “free consultation:”
* Explanation of what to expect in the personal injury claims process.
* Explanation of what to expect if a lawsuit is filed in your claim.
* Explanation of the attorney fee contract. What are the fees the attorney charges? What are the expenses the attorney charges? How are the fees determined? What is included in the expenses? What are the differences between fees and expenses?
* Explanation of experience the attorney has with personal injury cases. This varies a great deal. Most importantly, does the attorney handle litigation himself, or does he get other attorneys involved?
* The attorney should be able to provide you proof of errors and omissions or legal malpractice insurance coverage of at least one million dollars.
7.Avoid attorneys who call you first. Run, run, run away. Ethical attorneys are not supposed to contact you. If you wish the services of an attorney, you must contact him or her.
8.Avoid “runners.” These are guys hired by unethical attorneys to listen to police scanners and hang out at the police department to obtain records based upon what they hear. They will contact you and make promises they will never deliver on. This is HIGHLY UNETHICAL. If the attorneys and runners are willing to bend the law to get you as a client, then what else are they willing to do to help themselves?
9.Beware of lawyers who contact you in writing just after the accident. Once again, according to local ethics rules, an attorney is not supposed to contact you (unless you contact him or her first) for 30 days after a motor vehicle collision. Of course, this rule applies to attorneys who contact you with knowledge that you have been in a motor vehicle collision. Stay away! Once again, if they are willing to get in trouble with the State Bar of Georgia and lose their licenses because of an ethical infraction, how can you trust they will not turn around and take advantage of you? Do yourself a favor and avoid these people. They are the guys who disgust hard working, ethical attorneys because they give all attorneys a bad name. If you continue to get harassed by these individuals, you should report them to the State Bar of Georgia.
10. Beware of attorneys who promise to get you to their doctors. If an attorney has a long list of doctors for you to treat with, you have to ask how this could affect your case if you are forced to go to court. This is something that can potentially destroy your claim. Dont do it.
11.Beware of attorneys who are not licensed in the state where the collision occurred. This is a potential problem when it comes time to file a lawsuit, as they are not legally able to file a lawsuit in a jurisdiction in which they are not entitled to practice law. Every state is different, so if you have questions, you should speak with an attorney immediately.
Ty Wilson is a personal injury attorney in Georgia and is dedicated to helping injured people and their families. Call his office today at 866-937-5454 to order his free book, 10 Secrets of Georgia Car Wreck Claims.
Paternity Tests and the New Childrens Act
The new Childrens Act confirms in Section 36 a presumption in respect of a child born out of wedlock. The presumption is that the person whom had sexual intercourse with the mother at any time when that child could have been conceived will be presumed to be the biological father of the child in the absence of evidence to the contrary which raises reasonable doubt. In the case of S v L 1992 (3) SA 713 (E) it was held that the phrase “in the absence of evidence to the contrary which raises reasonable doubt” means that whenever there is evidence to the contrary, the presumption does not operate or ceases to operate. This is also in line with the courts decision in R v Epstein 1951 (1) SA 278 (O), where it was held that a presumption operating “in the absence of evidence to the contrary” only requires evidence, not proof, to counteract the presumption. The Childrens Act does not define the word “evidence”, thus any acceptable evidence suffices, regardless of whether it is direct or circumstantial, however, it must raise reasonable doubt.
Section 37 of the Childrens Act states that if a person in proceedings in which paternity of a child is challenged refuses to submit him/herself, or the child, to take blood samples in order to carry out a scientific test to prove the paternity of the child, then a presumption in our law exists in which the failure of such a party to agree to such a test may be used as evidence to prove the contrary. The effect of this section is that it compels a court to warn the person who has refused to have his/her or the childs blood sample taken of the effect which such refusal might have on his/her credibility.
Refusal by mother to submit her and child to testing
In O v O, Friedman JP stated that there is no statutory or common-law power enabling the court to order an adult to allow a blood sample to be taken for the purpose of establishing paternity. Although there is still no such power, Section 37 obliges the court to warn the mother of the consequences of her refusal (perhaps that the man she is accusing of having fathered her child cannot be deemed to have fathered the child in the absence of a blood test). He would then in all probability not be ordered to pay maintenance for the child.
By Bertus Preller
Family Law Attorney
Abrahams and Gross Inc. Cape Town
Legal Translation combines the creativity required in literary translation with the precise terminology of technical translation. Difficulties may arise due to various reasons like differences in legal systems followed in the countries where the source and the target languages are spoken, explicit nature of legal language etc. Hence there is need to approach professional
translation service providers when legal documents are required to be translated.
Legal terminology by its very nature is subject to incongruity. Legal terms have basis in country specific national legislation. The latter is a product of historical experiences and hence carries certain degree of regional asymmetry. The incongruity varies from near conceptual equivalence to complete voids. This poses a great challenge to accurate translation of legal documents. Since many source language expressions may not have precise equivalents in the target language and literal translations may not make sense, sometimes the original expression is reproduced after paraphrasing it. A translators note is usually appended in such cases.
Persons doing legal
translation need to have extensive linguistic training and knowledge of the source language. They also must be native speakers of the target language having thorough understanding of the vocabulary and syntactic structures of the language. They must have understanding of the local culture and knowledge of the legal system. They must be experienced in the legal field (novices wont do) and preferably possess certification by an accreditation organization.
The translators must have access to all legal resources like legal dictionaries, online databases, libraries, journals etc. These will be required to supplement their knowledge gained through experience in order to create translations that are legally valid in the target country. The translations must preserve the terminology, syntactical patterns and nuances of law from the originals. Reputed translation agencies make such resources available to their translators.
Another difficulty in legal translation unlike other forms of translation is certification. It is usually required when documents like birth / death certificates, immigration papers, college transcripts, police clearances, marriage licenses, divorce decrees and the like are submitted in foreign countries for acceptance by courts and other institutions as legal record. The translator or the proofreader will usually be required to affix his/her signature in the presence of a Notary Public attesting to the accuracy of the translated document.
The recent growth in international trade and increased globalization has led to rising demand for legal translation services worldwide. Opportunities exist in translating documents in various source-target language combinations. They are both challenging as well as rewarding. Persons having knowledge of international law as well as proficiency in more than one language would be ideal candidates to undertake such assignments.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that has resulted in an injury it is important that you get the assistance you need to recover from such an incident. It can be overwhelming to know where to turn for that assistance and to find the right professional that can get you the compensation that you need. There are several methods to find a legal professional in your area. First, you can research the internet for local lawyers that are knowledgeable in this type of circumstances. This can lead to many names of potential legal professionals. Another good resource that is available to you is talking to those you know for referrals. They will be able to give a few names along with information about how they were treated. While these are good options for finding a lawyer it is still important to know what to look for in legal assistance as this can make all the difference in the outcome of your situation.
There are many things to look for in a potential lawyer. First, you should make sure they are familiar with New York personal injury law and that they have handled these types of cases before. Next, you should inquire about their rates and if they require a retainer for their services. Finally, you should set up a consultation appointment to discuss your incident and the details of your situation to determine if they are able to help you get the compensation you need.
One such personal injury law firm that is knowledgeable in dealing with these types of cases is that of auto accidents attorneys. You will find that their staff is friendly and compassionate to your circumstance. Also, at Greenstein and Milbauer Personal Injury Lawyers they will be able to explain to you all that it entails to get the money you need to recover from your accident. Furthermore, you will find that they can assist you in getting the care that you need to recuperate from your mishap. While they have the experience needed to handle such cases they still know how to provide good customer care.
When you have been involved in an accident it can become stressful and can cause a financial hardship in some instances. It is imperative that you find the help you need to overcome such an incident quickly. There is many ways to find the legal support you need but it is vitally important that you find a professional that can get you the most compensation possible such as The Car Accident Trial Lawyers at Greenstein and Milbauer.
For those who are going through a troubled marriage, divorce seems to be the only option. Since different people view problems in their marital life differently, the way the matter of divorce is handled varies from person to person. While some end their relationship amicably, others keep on fighting for issues like property or children. For many, children become a means of wounding the other partner.
If all couples would have agreed on the issues harmoniously, there would not have been the requirement of a divorce lawyer. The fact is most couples share the same problem, lack of communication and that is when there is the need for a divorce lawyer. The divorce lawyer helps the couple with the division of property and with the custody of their children. These issues leave bad scars and it is better for the divorce lawyer to settle things down.
The major issue that arises during the procedure of divorce is the custody of the children, if the couple had children during the marriage. This emotional issue can be dealt with and worked out efficiently by an attorney without adding to child’s emotional trauma by having to choose between their parents in a filled courtroom. The attorney is able to provide fair and possible agreements that can be easily agreed upon by the couple. In such a situation, where the other side gets contentious, an efficient attorney is able to fight for the individual’s custody of the child in a courtroom.
The issue of dividing property and assets can also be an emotional issue if only one partner decides to end the marriage and the other does not. The problems that can arise out of this issue are better handled by the attorneys as many think it is better to extract as much property from the partner as possible. This issue becomes more time-consuming if one side fights more for the property division.
It is true that hiring a divorce lawyer can be expensive but that expense is worth the effort taken to acquire a judicious settlement in terms of division of property and child custody as well as visitation. Also, there are some laws that citizens are not aware of, so attorneys are required to prevent the couple from using them against one another.
Divorce is a difficult and serious emotional issue and opting for a renowned divorce lawyer with the suggestion of family and friends is important for every separating couple.
WHAT IS MEDIATION?
In many states, mediation has gone from being an option to help resolve issues to a mandatory part of the court proceedings. That is particularly true in cases that involve divorce or custody disputes.
Mediation is called an alternative dispute resolution process. In short it provides you with an alternative to Court to create your own agreements and craft your own orders without submitting those matters to the Judge. This is often a preferred way to resolve disputes in a divorce. The alternative is to proceed to Court and allow a Judge, a complete stranger to you and your children, to hear a few short arguments and testimony and decide your fate. Often such orders may seem like pounding round pegs into square holes with out understanding fully the individual circumstances of the parties. Clearly that is in no one’s best interest and often leads to the long roller coaster ride through court with each party filing new motions year in and year out to change the rulings that the Judge has made.
By contrast, mediation teaches the parties to communicate and to work through their issues productively. In the process, the parties to work with a neutral expert to resolve their disputes in a way that works for them. A mediator is also known as a qualified neutral.
The mediator may be a lawyer, a therapist, a religious leader or other qualified individual. As part of the mediation process, the mediator will not provide either party with legal advice and, instead, will work with the parties on their communication skills to understand the other parties position.
Often mediators will encourage the parties to incorporate into the proceedings other experts to help them in the decision making process,. This may involve the use of appraisers to value a home, accountants and investment counselors to address financial aspects, or a parenting consultant to work through custody and parenting issues. By using one neutral expert, the parties may save thousand of dollars that would be spent for each party to hire their own expert only to remain at an impasse with different results.
WHAT TYPES OF DISPUTES CAN BE RESOLVED THRU MEDIATION?
Mediation can be a useful tool for almost any issue that you encounter in family court. Even the most acrimonious divorces can benefit from mediation by helping the parties resolve some, if not all of their disputes, thereby simplifying the issues to be resolved through the court process.
Mediation may resolve:
disputes between divorcing parties including custody issues, spousal maintenance and property issues;
restraining order issues.
WHY SHOULD I MEDIATE?
1.Mediation is available any time both parties are willing to engage in the process, even if they are already involved in a contested court case;
2.Mediation is LESS EXPENSIVE than going to court with both parties to the dispute sharing the cost;
What is the Green Card?
Large numbers of people enter the U.S. from other countries on a daily basis. Some people are returning home after being away for some time, some are coming to visit their family, some on a holiday, some for work and some move permanently to settle down in the U.S. Whatever may be the reason, each person who is entering the U.S. should possess the right documents to prove that they are legally allowed to enter the country.
Many people are permitted to enter the country only for a specified time and that too for a specific purpose only. People who are on a vacation to the U.S. may be permitted to enter for a few weeks only and purely for tourist activities. They would not be allowed to work in the US. There are instances where some people would be permitted to enter for a few years at a time for work but this could be restricted to a certain employer. People who are moving to the U.S. under this category are called non-immigrants.
People who live and work in the U.S. without any restrictions are called immigrants. They are permitted to stay in the U.S. for an unlimited period of time, to participate in any legal activity, to work and also to study. Generally, immigrants refer to a select number of foreign nationals who have been permitted to live and work in the U.S. permanently.
Both Immigrants and Non-Immigrants must show a valid visa before they enter the US. A visa is similar to a pass. An immigrant who has gained entry to the U.S. would be issued an Alien Registration Card which is also known as a Green Card. Early editions of the card were light green in color and hence the term. Present day cards are either pink or light blue. A person with a Green Card is called a Lawful Permanent Resident.
There are various options for applying for permanent residency either from inside the country or from another foreign country. Regardless of how a person becomes one, every Lawful Permanent Resident gets to enjoy the unrestricted right to live in the country for an unlimited period of time and pursue any legal activity that they desire.
What is Green Card Renewal?
Once a person has been issued a Green Card, there is no need for them to do anything else to extend or ensure their status in the country. It is not easy to lose the Permanent Residency status without purposefully doing something to either renounce it or go against the sole purpose behind getting that status.
Present day cards are valid for 10 years. Even though a Green Card has an expiration date, the Permanent Resident status of a person never expires. The card itself is similar to an identification card and is just the official documentation of the permanent residency status.
What Happens When a Green Card Expires?
Green Card holders who are over 18 yrs of age are required to carry a valid green card at all times. Failing to do so may result in their being convicted with a fine of up to $100, 30 days in jail, or both. After the September 11 attacks, the US government is very strict regarding these kinds of legal violations.
Getting your permanent resident card renewed ensures that it is up to date with all the newest security features incorporated by the government. Possessing an expired card makes it difficult to prove the legal status, to accept employment offers or to obtain benefits. It also makes it difficult to gain re-entry into the U.S. after any international travel.
When Should the Renewal Application be Filed?
Applications to renew the Green Cards can be filed as much as six months before the date of expiry of the card.
As you reflect on a recent incident during which you suffered physical harm, you may wonder if you should be considering litigation. If you believe that the injuries you sustained were result of the negligence of another individual or party, then you have a right to explore your legal options. This is especially true if you’re now facing financial challenges related to this incident, such as medical bills. Once you’ve made the decision to speak to a personal injury lawyer, you need to research your options.
There is no shortage of attorneys that practice in this kind of law, so you certainly have options but you want to ensure you’re only accepting the guidance of a personal injury attorney with a proven background that you can trust. The Law Offices of Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley, PC, have illustrated for years that we are highly qualified to take on the cases of victims like you. We’ve shown repeatedly that the best interests of the client are always the top priority and that we’re willing to fight for your rights.
As a firm, we’ve built a reputation of being a “trial firm,” because we’re not afraid to take your case to court if we feel that’s what’s needed to get you the best legal resolution. You can be confident that when you hire a personal injury lawyer from Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley, PC, that you’re getting someone who will work hard on your behalf and won’t be intimidated by powerful lawyers at big corporations. You don’t want a personal injury lawyer who will be looking for an easy settlement because it represents the path of least resistance. You deserve an attorney that will recognize when turning down a low offer is the best move.
If the injuries you’ve sustained were suffered while at work, for example, the company may believe that an out of court settlement is a way to protect their reputation while also saving them financially but their offer may not be fair based on the circumstances. Your personal injury lawyer from Chandler, Mathis & Zivley will have the experience to determine when that’s the case and advise you accordingly. Your representation will utilize advanced techniques in order to best present your case to a judge or jury, including video reenactments and computer animations. Since 1994, clients from Chandler, Mathis, & Zivley have been awarded over $3,000,000,000 in cases related to automobile accidents, Fixodent side effects, propane explosions and more.
Who is an Immigration Consultant?
The consultant is a legal expert who has insight knowledge about immigration laws and different visa procedure. With know-how of visa proceeding, a consultant makes people realize their study, work, business, travel purpose successfully.
Why do you need an Immigration Consultants?
Immigrating to a developed country such as Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and USA, undoubtedly opens a gateway to the better future. But, immigrating to a country is not simple, as you have to fulfill certain legal requirement before flying abroad. The legal formalities include documentation and visa proceeding, that are daunting to tackle as the immigration rules and regulations are subject to change. And, if you are unable to satisfy all the requirements, then the process will become complicated and tough to accomplish. So, if you want to get your visa in a hassle free, it is advisable to call an immigration consultant. We are providing you with some factors in answer of the question, ‘why do you need an immigration consultant?’
Helps you to choose the best migration program
Many countries offer a variety of migration program through which you can apply for the permanent residency, work permit, tourist, transit, and many others. In order to maximize chances of being accepted, it is ideal to choose the program best suited with your objectives. An immigration consultant understands your requirements or objectives and guides you to choose the right program. Further, an advisor assures that the immigration application is being handled correctly as per the defined laws. Understands the legal complexity
An immigration consultant will give you peace of mind by handling all the legal formalities on your behalf. The advisor holds expertise in handling legal formalities involved in different immigration programs and make sure that your application meet all the requirements.
In case of dismissal of the application, good consultant strengthens your voice in front of officials to re-examine the status. This article focuses on importance of immigration consultants while applying for a visa.
Well managed service
A consultant is committed to providing the best immigration service. This is why; he/she guides you in preparing all the documents and paper work for quick approval.
Why consultants of Visa For Immigration?
We have MARA certified migration lawyers and consultants who hold expertise in providing skillful services to the clients.
They understand your immigration goals and suggest you with the most appropriate immigration program.
They guide you in preparing paperwork.
Maintain transparency while rendering services to the clients