Author: Gemma Alexander


Gemma Alexander is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in technical topics for general readers. She holds a degree in Horticulture and has worked in a genetics lab and at a landfill. See other things she has written here.

When presidents get in legal trouble

Presidents aren’t above the law. They’ve been assailed in court on numerous occasions. In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a sample of times the presidents found themselves in legal hot water.

Search and seizure at school

Decided in January of 1985, the Supreme Court case New Jersey vs. T.L.O. established that the Fourth Amendment, which addresses “unreasonable search and seizure,” has limitations when applied to minors at school and other events.

Keeping Washington state net-neutral

Washington officials are not quietly accepting the repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has announced he’ll file a lawsuit against the FCC, but the rest of the Washington government has plans to stop it, too.

Phoenix may make lane splitting legal

Lane splitting, or filtering, is a practice used by motorcycle and scooter operators in heavy traffic, where they pass conventional vehicles within the same lane, or in the gap between rows of stopped or slow-moving cars. Though common in other countries, few states condone it, though there may be a shift of opinion underway.

Could there be a Miracle on 34th Street Today?

In the delightfully cynical 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street, an attorney manipulates people’s self-interest to legally prove that a nice old man with whiskers is the real Santa Claus. Movies are notorious for ignoring real-life law. Would the attorney win his case today?