So you have these pictures of your ex . . . you know the ones. Now that the good times are over, you’re wondering what you can do with them. It would be so satisfying to indulge that basic human urge for revenge by forwarding them to a few choice associates. Or maybe even posting them online for the benefit of a larger audience. The short legal answer is that your best choice is to suck it up and keep them to yourself. Read More
‘No’ means ‘No!’ — but what means ‘yes’?
When I was in my law school criminal law class and we were talking about rape, the professor asked, “Where is the line between consent and lack of consent? Does a female actually have to say ‘yes, I agree to have sex with you?’ Or is it consent as long as she doesn’t say ‘no!’? Read More
I’m not a police officer – could I actually arrest someone?
Usually when I think of a citizen’s arrest, I think about those bad movies or comedy skits where some unlikeable gomer (think Dwight Schrute) makes a citizen’s arrest and the arrestee resists and some sort of ridiculous interaction ensues. And since bad movies were my source of information, I always thought that a citizen’s arrest was something that may have existed sometime in the past, but didn’t actually exist anymore….I was wrong. Read More
I’m pretty sure that most of the people in Utah reading this article have committed domestic violence, and here’s why.
When I was a prosecutor handling domestic violence cases, a young woman charged with domestic violence was representing herself and came into court to speak with me. In a polite, slightly pleading tone, she said, “I don’t know why I’m here. I ain’t never domestic violenced no one!” Well, according to Utah law, she had— and chances are, you have too. Read More