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Separation of Powers

The subsection of the Colorado Constitution, “General Consideration” under Article III, Distribution of Powers, gives more than thirty-five examples of why and how separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government must be. They all seem to say the same thing, but they all are justified by different dictums, references and notations. Why, at least in Colorado and I suspect, in other states, is there the need for so much specificity as it relates to the republican tripartite system?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Information on the Use of Legal Solidarity by Occupy and Others?

I'm looking for information and resources regarding legal solidarity and court solidarity with an eye towards its practical application, specifically how it has been used so far by Occupy protesters and how it has been used successfully by other groups. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Recent developments in Moroccan law?

What are some major developments that have taken place in Morocco's legal system in the past year? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Nov 22, 2010 - 2 answers

What are some cool judicial tests?

What are some judicial tests? I already know about the M'Naughten rules and the Product Test (for mental competence to stand trial), and the Lemon Test and Coercion Test (for whether school-led prayer violates the establishment clause). I love these. What are some other judicial tests? Where can I read about them? [more inside]
posted by mathtime! on Mar 18, 2010 - 19 answers

It's been on my mind: what legal say do the dead have?

In the United States, what legal rights are there for dead people? Does the constitution have stipulations for the rights of dead Americans and non-Americans who die in America? Also, how long - hypothetically - does a person need to be dead until their body becomes public property and, in the case of those who die leaving kin, are dead bodies 'owned', and for how long?
posted by parmanparman on Sep 11, 2008 - 15 answers

GRAND JURY YO!

Do all misdemeanor cases get to bypass the grand jury? Is there such a thing as a federal misdemeanor? I know FEDERAL capital offenses must go before a grand jury and each STATE handles this differently, ie NY both sides and a judge, no grand jury. But I am confused on this process...help, test tommorrow!!
posted by madmamasmith on Apr 16, 2008 - 5 answers

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