Category Archives: Legal Maxims

A PR Catch-22

Here is an interesting case: The Pittsburgh Zoo has been sued by a mother whose child died at one of the exhibits. The mother stood her child on the railing of the African Painted Dog exhibit and turned her back. The child fell into the display, bouncing off the safety net into the exhibit, and […]

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William Blackstone and Soldiers

“In a land of liberty it is extremely dangerous to make a distinct order of the profession of arms. In absolute monarchies this is necessary for the safety of the prince, and arises from the main principle of their constitution, which is that of governing by fear: but in free states the profession of a […]

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Purpose of Law

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“Pursuit of Happiness”

Ever wonder the source for the phrase “the pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence? Just for context, the Founders stated in the Declaration that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, […]

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Why You Proofread In Every Situation

On college basketball’s largest stage, there was one glaring error that could have been easily prevented with just one little proofread. Apparently, next year’s Final Four will be in “Alanta” Georgia.

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Hasboro v. Asus: The Transformer Wars

Rarely does a court have an opportunity to be creative and take full advantage of such an opportunity. The court in the above referenced case did not disappoint. For more on the toy v. computer battle, read here. Thanks, and kudos, to our friends over at Gizmodo for posting this one.

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Maxim of the Week

“One must not change his purpose to the injury of another.”

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Maxim of the Week

Okay, haven’t done inequality of these is a little while… “Absoluta sententia expositore non indiget.” Translated: “A simple proposition needs no expositor.”

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The Purpose of Law

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom.” ~ John Locke, Second Treatise on Government, Chapter IV

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Maxim of the Week

The practice of adding and annulling laws is a most dangerous one. (“Leges figendi et refigendi consuetudo est periculosissima.”)

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