Friday, 11 January 2019 09:02


The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 11th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Nine high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Mountain View High School came away with first place. Mountain View will have the ability to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Hamilton High School, last years first place winner, took second place this year, third place went to Skyline High School and fourth to Gilbert Classical Academy. If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 00:00


As we rang in the New Year we also rang in a new change to our minimum wage law. As of January 1, 2018 Arizona's minimum wage increased from $10 to $10.50 per hour. This is part of a continual change that we will see every year up until the year 2020. Arizona is one of eighteen states that are currently providing their own adjustment to the minimum wage law instead of depending on the Federal minimum wage law that is still at $7.25 an hour. This has lead to some debate about whether states are increasing the minimum wage too quickly. What do you think? Let us know here. For more information about Arizona's minimum wage laws check out our Laws section here.
Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00


Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the new year and if you are looking to get in on the action checkout our My Streets section to see what laws pertain to your particular area. But beware many city and town laws say that fireworks can only be used until January 3rd of the new year so get them in while you can. Happy New Year!
Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00


By now everyone has heard about the crazy fidget spinner trend; a three pronged device on ball bearings that spins on or between your fingertips. This device is marketed as a tool to help kids concentrate in class by allowing their body to move something physically with little or no thought process which helps them to focus their attention on other things, such as a teacher's lecture. However, a quick search on YouTube also shows that these tools can be used to perform all sorts of tricks that have become a fun new school yard competition between friends. This new competition has been causing some controversy on campus. While marketed as a tool teachers are now seeing this device as a disruptive toy. Instead of allowing kids to concentrate on the lessons teachers say that these devices are more distracting with their sound, lights and tricks and are now being banned from many classrooms. What do you think? Let us know here?    
Friday, 15 December 2017 00:00


You may recall that we discussed net neutrality back in August of this year, well the topic is back in the news with more fervor than ever before lets look at why. First net neutrality, according to Merriam Webster, is the idea, principle or requirement that internet service providers should or must treat all internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source or destination. The United States Federal Communications Commission established the Open Internet Order to regulate how your internet service providers, companies like Cox and Century Link, must treat you. The 2015 law treats Internet service providers like a utility (water, or power) and says they must be transparent.  This means they can't block lawful content and they can't discriminate content by speeding up or slowing down connections to preferred websites. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the current law on net neutrality. Those in favor of the repeal say that the 2015 regulations hampered broadband investments and innovations. They say that the new regulations, which would be housed under the Federal Trade Commission, could actually make the internet cheaper for users who would be able to pick and chose what they pay for similar to the way that cable television is currently bundled. However, people against the regulation worry that this new type of service will only favor those who are willing to pay for it, providing the fastest access to those who pay the most money. What do you think? Let us know here!      
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00


"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures..." - The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 4 The Fourth Amendment is most commonly known as the amendment that gives us our constitutional right to privacy. It's the amendment that makes us feel safe. It makes sure that the government cannot simply march into our homes uninvited without following the right procedures, but what about private companies? Well, the Fourth Amendment may not apply to them in the same way it does to the police or government but private companies can't just come in uninvited either; however, you may be giving them more access to you than you realized once you agree to use a company's services. For example, Facebook announced a new AI program that would monitor the social media site for various patterns to detect if a user was suicidal and if so alert mental health resources and first-responders. This new program has the potential to save lives and if you are a Facebook user in the U.S. it is already monitoring your posts, pictures and videos. This has many people questioning, are we giving up  to much of our right to privacy to private companies? What do you think? Let us know here.    
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00


Lawyer dog, a trained canine versed in court proceedings and criminal law. Okay, not really; but "lawyer dog" was a big issue in a recent case decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Warren Demseme was being interrogated for a crime when he told police to "just give me a lawyer dog," police did not cease their interrogation, and did not provide him with an attorney but continued questioning Demseme who later made admissions to the crime. This brings up issues of Miranda rights, the ones that you constantly hear on TV (you have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney etc.) and whether or not Demseme did enough to invoke his right to an attorney which would have stopped the interrogation before he made any incriminating statements. The Louisiana high court ruled,“if a suspect makes a reference to an attorney that is ambiguous or equivocal . . . the cessation of questioning is not required.” Whether or not you agree with the judges' interpretation it reiterates one firm point that isn't seen clearly on TV; you must invoke your Miranda rights. That means that if you are being interrogated by the police you need to clearly tell them that you want to speak to an attorney. More interestingly that also means that if you want to "remain silent" you need to tell police that you are using your right to remain silent. Simply not speaking will not stop an interrogation.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 00:00


Thanksgiving is our nations most widely celebrated holiday of the year. It conjures up images of feasting, food comas and of course that silly bird bedecked with a snood, the infamous turkey! This nation loves it some turkey. In fact we consume more than 46 million turkeys each year during Thanksgiving alone. However, one lucky bird will receive a Presidential pardon this year. This tradition has roots as far back as 1863 when President Lincoln listened to the pleas of his son Tad who wanted to keep the gifted turkey as a pet. Lincoln acquiesced and granted the turkey clemency and Tad later named his new pet, Jack. Jack may be the first recorded pardoned turkey but he wasn't the last, even though not all turkeys that have gone to the White House have had his fortunate fate. In 1963, President Kennedy exclaimed "Let's keep him going" and started the media fanfare that White House turkeys have come to expect these days with the newspapers announcing the "pardoning" of the turkey. In the 1980s President Reagan instilled the tradition of sending these turkeys to children's farms. However, it was President H. W. Bush, who is quoted with the first official use of the term presidential pardon for a turkey. In 1989 animal rights activists were protesting near the White House when the first President Bush made the following speech; "But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone's dinner table, not this guy -- he's granted a Presidential pardon as of right now -- and allow him to live out his days on a children's farm not far from here.” This cemented the tradition as we know it today.
Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00


Shopping online. Most of us do this on regular basis, especially now with the holidays and the infamous Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner; and if you are a person who likes a good deal chances are you may have also shopped on one of the many personal sale websites like Facebook, OfferUp or Craigslist. These sites allow people to sell object that they have directly to you, just meet up and give the person the agreed amount and you take home your prize; however, with the increase in personal sales there has also been an increase in crime, people taking the money and running or worse. For this reason new online exchange zones have been created. This is place often around or at police stations where you can ensure that you and the person you are buying from will both get exactly what you bargained. Check out "Keeping Internet Deals Safe" for more information and to learn where your closes online exchange zone is located, and tell your parents chances are they haven't heard about this yet. Safe Shopping!
Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:00


On April 20, 1999 Columbine High School experienced the nation’s deadliest school shooting to date when 13 people were killed in a student lead mass shooting. Thirteen years later 20 children and 6 adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary. In 2016, Townville Elementary School was besieged by a 14 year old shooter killing one 6 year old boy and just this September a 15 year old who wanted to “teach everyone a lesson” killed his own friend who tried to stop him. With so many shootings it isn’t a surprise that one school is offering a unique solution to the problem, a bulletproof panel that goes inside a student’s backpack to be used as a shield in case of an active shooter. However, some people think the precaution is unnecessary. After all while the above are all extremely tragic events in our country’s history these aren’t the first schools tragedies to have happened. In fact school attacks have been documented as early as 1764 and can be easily seen throughout the centuries. In fact according to statistics schools are safer than ever before and “are increasingly using resources to prepare for the worst, with nearly 90 percent of schools saying they have official plans in place in the event of a shooting.” So, is it necessary for schools to offer bulletproof protection? What do you think?