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The 'Lectric Law Lexicon
Explanations for 1000's of Law Related Words, Terms & Phrases In the Net's Most Extensive Legal Dictionary.
When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less. The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things. The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, which is to be master - that's all.
'LECTRIC LEGAL NEWS EXCLUSIVE
We all know it's not coincidence that attorney is Etruscan for Secret Minion of Satan and that lawyer means Hidden Agent of the Dark Master of Suffering in Sanskrit, but it seems the powers-that-be have finally noticed. Our congressional correspondent, Ramundo R. Rinkle, has all the stunning facts in his report:
Ratio legis est anima legis. - The reason of the law is the soul of the law.
Satan was being expelled from Heaven. As he passed through the Gates, he paused a moment in thought, turned to God and said, I hear a new creature called Man is soon to be created. This is true, God replied.
He will need laws, said the Demon slyly, prompting God to indignantly exclaim, What! You, his appointed Enemy for all Time! You ask for the right to make his laws? Oh, no! Satan replied, I ask only that he be allowed to make his own. It was so granted. - Ambrose Bierce
LEGAL TOPIC AREAS
We've split "law" into overlapping areas to help you find what you're looking for.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Arbitration & Mediation Law, Procedure, Organizations & Issues Avoid law suits beyond all things; they impair your health, & dissipate your property. - J. de La Bruyere
ANTITRUST & UNFAIR TRADE The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. - Churchill Capitalism is based on the assumption that you can win. - R.Rinkle
BANKING, FINANCE & CREDIT Bank failures are caused by depositors who don't deposit enough to cover losses due to mismanagement. - D. Quayle Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies. - Thomas Jefferson
BANKRUPTCY It's a bit strange that Bankruptcy is the hardest Court for the poor to waive its fees. - R.Rinkle Capitalism without bankruptcy is like Christianity without hell. - Frank Borman, CEO, Eastern Airlines
BUSINESS LAW - GENERAL
General Info, Statutes, Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs, Capital...
The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws. - Tacitus (55-117 A.D.)
BUSINESS - REGULATIONS
Rules & Regulations re Safety, Consumer, Environment, Tax...
A law can be both economic folly and constitutional. - Antonin Scalia
Business, Court and Personal Forms for Every Situation
CIVIL LEGAL SYSTEM & LAW Ubi jus, ibi remedium. - Where there is a right, there is a remedy. Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser in fees, expenses and waste of time. - Lincoln
U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW & RIGHTS The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people. - Justice W.O. Douglas It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. - Dr. M.L. King Jr.
HISTORIC COURT DECISIONS
Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott, Bivins...
I have never been more struck by the good sense and practical judgment of the Americans than in the manner in which they elude the numberless difficulties resulting from their Federal Constitution... - de Tocqueville
CONSUMER ISSUES & PROTECTION
Laws, Rights, Scams, Agencies...
Scire debes cum quo contrahis. - You ought to know with whom you deal. Trust everyone, but always cut the cards - and carry a gun. - R.Rinkle
COURT INFORMATION & RULES - FEDERAL The legal system's often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens. - Henry Miller The history of liberty has largely been the history of the observance of procedural safeguards. - Justice F. Frankfurter
COURT INFORMATION & RULES - STATE When the law is against you, argue the facts. When the facts are against you, argue the law. When both are against you, attack the plaintiff. - R.Rinkle ...idiots, imbeciles, aliens, the insane and women [are barred from jury duty] - pre-1918 Texas law
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
Police, Jails, Rights, Policies ...
Justice is incidental to law and order. - J. Edgar Hoover When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport: when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater. - George Bernard Shaw
CRIMINAL LAW & PROCEDURE There's never a deed so foul that something couldn't be said for the guy; that's why there are lawyers. - Mel Belli Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught. - Balzac
DRUGS & ALCOHOL LAWS & ISSUES
The War on Drugs - Can the 'good guys' be Satan's Soldiers?
Half the Top 40 songs are secret messages to the teen world to drop out, turn on, and groove with the chemicals and light shows at discotheques. - Art Linkletter I don't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me. - Hunter Thompson
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air & water. - D. Quayle
Marriage, Divorce, Adoption, Abuse, Alimony, Child Support, Kids ...
When two people are under the influence of the most violent, insane, delusive, and transient of passions, they are required to swear that they'll remain in that condition continuously until death do them part. - G.B.Shaw I was five years old before I realized there was no such thing as ALPO baby food. - Rodney Dangerfield
GOV'T BENEFITS & ENTITLEMENTS
Social Security, Welfare, Pensions, Loans...
Every government program of the past 50 years - except war - achieved the opposite of its announced goal. - R. Rinkle The difference between welfare mothers and big corporations is some mothers try to get off welfare. - R. Rinkle
GOV'T INFORMATION ACCESS
Freedom of Information, Privacy, & Classified Info Procedures Acts
Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger. - Tolkien
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - U.S. If you give Congress a chance to vote on both sides of an issue, it will always do it. - Les Aspin The speed of exit of a civil servant is directly proportional to the quality of his service. - Ralph Nader
HISTORIC LEGAL DOCUMENTS
Magna Carta, U.S. Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation...
If you want to understand your government, don't begin by reading the Constitution. Instead, read the D.C. phone book's list of organizations with titles beginning with 'National'. - George Will Those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Those who do will still find ways to f**k up! - R. Rinkle
IMMIGRATION LAW In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of the scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit that it is the first. - Ambrose Bierce Our nation was founded by and for white men, so I say deport everyone else! Except my gardeners & driver... and women... and... - R. Rinkle
Patents, Copyrights & Trademarks, Issues, Laws, Procedures...
Life has no meaning - or even worse, it probably has a meaning that I don't like. - R. Rinkle
INT'L BUSINESS, FINANCE & TAXATION
Offshore Business, Banking, Investment, Financial Planning, Tax Havens and Related Matters
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. - Jefferson
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INVESTMENTS & SECURITIES
Laws, Regulations, Stocks, Problem Resolution, Scams & Frauds If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life. - Thoreau
THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM The most expensive machine ever invented to find out what happened & what to do about it. - Judge I. Kaufman Whoever tries to set himself up as judge of Truth & Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. - A. Einstein
LAWS - U.S. STATUTORY
Some selected Statutes and the Entire U.S. Code.
It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. - Federalist 62
LITIGATION ISSUES - GENERAL
Evidence, Experts, Procedures, News, Complex Cases ...
I was never ruined but twice: Once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one. - Voltaire Man's greatest joy is to slay his enemy, plunder his riches, ride his steeds, see the tears of his loved ones and ravish his women. - Genghis Khan
MEDICINE & THE LAW
Medical Malpractice Issues, Hints, News, Experts...
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying. - Woody Allen
REAL PROPERTY & LANDLORD/TENANT ISSUES A conservative's an ex-liberal who bought a house - and was burglarized. - R.Rinkle It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and to talk by the hour. - Jefferson
SEX & THE LAW
Laws, News, Humor... Not Sex with Lawyers!
I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce. - J.Edgar Hoover
TAXATION If Patrick Henry thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see it WITH representation. - R.Rinkle I'm proud to be paying taxes in the United States. But I could be just as proud for half the money. - Arthur Godfrey
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