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  •  And that is too common. (4+ / 0-)
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    marykk, Ice Blue, RoCali, VClib

    I have known more than one court clerk who thought they were an expert on the law, but were not.  It is part of basic training that you never give legal advice, partly because if you're wrong, it could cost a person their liberty or even their life.  Even clerks with a JD* are forbidden to give legal advice.

    (Usually clerks who have finished law school, but not passed the bar yet).

    I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

    by trumpeter on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:09:40 PM PDT

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    •  But in this case ... (3+ / 0-)
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      GreenMother, anna shane, Kevskos

      Not giving the advice would certainly cost him his liberty.

      So what's the answer to this conundrum?  Do you sit silently and watch him be punished for not knowing the magic words, or do you tell him those magic words, even though doing so is theoretically wrong?

      "That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything ... There would be no place to hide." - Senator Frank Church

      by jrooth on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 02:22:07 PM PDT

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