Some of the rituals in the courtroom have a long tradition, some of them flowing from British judicial traditions. While American judges and lawyers do not wear white horsehair wigs, other traditions such as the black robe, the “bar and well,” and the “bench” are British in origin. Indeed white wigs are no longer worn in British civil hearings.
Imagine working hard your whole life. Maybe you had a job with a pension, maybe not. Maybe you were able to put aside money for retirement. But, was it enough? Can you stay in your house? That is the dilemma facing many older Minnesotans.
One of the issues in the Presidential campaign is the use of executive orders by President Barack Obama. An executive order is loosely defined in the dictionary as an order from the President or a federal government agency which has the force of law. Why are such orders from the President so controversial?
As we are in the midst of the presidential debate and caucus season, we are hearing most of the candidates promising they will do this or that as though, if elected, they would be dictator rather than president of the United States. It’s as though they want us to forget that we are a republic with three branches of government.