Law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern behavior. Laws can be made by a collective legislature or by a single legislator, resulting in statutes, by the executive through decrees and regulations, or by judges through binding precedent, normally in common law jurisdictions. Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that may elect to accept alternative arbitration to the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution, written or tacit, and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.

A general distinction can be made between (a) civil law jurisdictions (including Catholic canon law and socialist law), in which the legislature or other central body codifies and consolidates their laws, and (b) common law systems, where judge-made precedent is accepted as binding law. Historically, religious laws played a significant role even in settling of secular matters, which is still the case in some religious communities, particularly Jewish, and some countries, particularly Islamic. Islamic Sharia law is the world's most widely used religious law.

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COMMENTARY: The U.S. Constitution and its Apocrypha

Stillwater News Press 17 May 2022
… The sovereign State of Oklahoma shall empower state law enforcement to restore the peace and protect Oklahoma citizens through the arrest and prosecution of any [federal government] persons/agents attempting to inflict unconstitutional laws/mandates on its citizens....

My Turn | The establishment of a county grand jury: A good start in any venue

The News-Gazette 17 May 2022
By a grand jury, a body of citizens tasked with hearing evidence in support of the proposed charge ... Informed and facile use of a grand jury can greatly enhance effective law enforcement while in no way detracting from its enduring essential purpose of providing citizen oversight of the prosecution of serious criminal offenses....

Hicksville village council met to discuss the new fireworks law

The Crescent News 17 May 2022
The law would allow 14 days of the year when setting off fireworks of a certain grade would be allowed ... One concern about the new fireworks law, which was mentioned in connection with the constitutional carry gun law, was the possibility of citizens acting on a law that will be in effect, but is not yet currently in effect....

Soon, law making sewerage connections mandatory: Nilesh Cabral

The Times of India 17 May 2022
In recent years, the state government has been finding it tough to convince citizens to get connected to sewerage treatment plant (STP) networks wherever they exist in Goa. To overcome this issue, PWD minister Nilesh Cabral said on Monday that he is considering introducing a law making it mandatory for citizens to take sewerage network connections....

Supreme Court Limits Review of Some Deportation Cases

Voa News 17 May 2022
citizen. In a 5-4 vote, the majority interpreted the law at issue as limiting courts from considering relief and leaving it up to the discretion of immigration officials to apply in factual dispute cases as to whether someone is eligible for that discretionary relief in removal cases ... citizen while his petition to adjust status was pending....

Denver City Council bans concealed carry guns in all city buildings, parks

The Tribune Greeley 17 May 2022
The Denver City Council on Monday adopted an ordinance banning concealed carry permit holders from bringing a gun into any city facility or public park after an effort to strip parks out of the law failed ... “For people whose objective it is to remove all guns, this measure only removed them from law-abiding citizens, not criminals.”....

California looks to embrace crypto donations in politics

Cryptopolitan 17 May 2022
However, with the slight increase in adoptions within the country, legislators may consider relaxing their laws ... Laws against crypto in California. New California laws against cryptos would only focus on electoral activities, but this would not apply to a federal area ... Now, she considers that FPPC should renew its laws if necessary....

Clashing abortion laws in northwest US show chaos of post-Roe care

Finger Lakes Times 17 May 2022
... they believe violated the law ... The 2022 law added the citizen enforcement ... But because Idaho’s law, like the Texas one, is enforced by citizen action, not the attorney general, it opens the door to civil lawsuits that may create fear among those seeking or providing abortion care....

My Turn: Women have rights

West Hawaii Today 17 May 2022
If the decisions of the justices have by their nature the power of laws, then isn’t it the duty of citizens to affect those decisions? I mean, surely when (not if) these justices unjustly rule against a woman’s right to decide what is best for themselves at the cost ......

Proposal to lift gun ban in some county buildings to go before County Board

Longview News-Journal 17 May 2022
Two other resolutions also authored by Decker, include one that would declare Kenosha County a Second Amendment “sanctuary county” and would ask the sheriff to exercise discretion in not enforcing against any citizen any “unconstitutional firearms law,” or appropriate funds for such enforcement....

Fallen officers remembered at KPD ‘Police Memorial Day’ event

Hill Country Community Journal 17 May 2022
Citizens and law enforcement officers gathered Monday morning to honor the 619 police officers who died in the line of duty over the past year, as part of the local National Police Officers Memorial Day event held at the Cailloux Theater ... A law enforcement agency’s greatest investment is you, the law enforcement officer....

Tony Norman: Comrades in death

Finger Lakes Times 17 May 2022
Changes to what has become an immutable law cannot be discussed or even hinted at in polite company ... Law-abiding citizens, no matter their mental state, private prejudices or publicly stated bigotries, should have the option to buy as many guns as they consider necessary to secure their happiness at any given moment....

FEC v. Ted Cruz For Senate Is Just The Latest In A Wretched Line Of Cases 

TPM 17 May 2022
As I wrote about here, the Roberts Supreme Court has been deregulating corruption since its very first term by kicking big holes in campaign finance laws and by making white collar crime harder to prosecute as it lets shady politicians — from Bob McDonnell to Bridget Anne Kelly — off the hook for corrupt acts. ....

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