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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Columbia Missourian 21 Aug 2019
JEFFERSON CITYMissouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday withdrew a legal brief he had filed in a defamation lawsuit arguing the First Amendment allows him to withhold some public records concerning private citizens that were requested by the plaintiff’s attorney....

Schmitt withdraws First Amendment argument in lawsuit

Columbia Missourian 21 Aug 2019
JEFFERSON CITYMissouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday withdrew a legal brief he had filed in a defamation lawsuit arguing the First Amendment allows him to withhold some public records concerning private citizens that were requested by the plaintiff’s attorney....

VIDEO: Newsmax TV Interviews Brevard Sheriff Wayne Ivey About New Recruiting Video

Space Coast Daily 21 Aug 2019
Officers who are out there putting their lives on the line everyday to protect the citizens are being handcuffed by their own leadership by not being allowed to enforce the law or even defend themselves, and as such are being put in harms way ... men and women of Law Enforcement!....

Wyoming lawmakers propose fix to allow tribal IDs for voter registration

Billings Gazette 21 Aug 2019
Indigenous people in Wyoming could have an easier time using their tribal identification when voting if newly proposed legislation eventually becomes law ... He said he doesn’t anticipate Congress making larger changes to federal law to allow tribal citizens to just use a tribal ID in the near future....

CITIZEN COLUMNIST: Laws passed must be enforced

SCNOW Morning News 21 Aug 2019
Red Flag is the moniker given to potential laws concerning gun control, and specifically, controls concerning assault weapons ... Why does an ordinary American citizen need an assault weapon? ... Laws that are enacted but not enforced are nothing but ink on paper and do nothing to help provide for the safety and security of our citizens....

Red flag laws are precrime!

The Ada News 21 Aug 2019
A “Red Flag Law” is a law that permits police or family members to petition the state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who they perceive to present a danger to others or themselves ... Criminals don’t obey laws, so the only person restricted when more laws are implemented is law abiding citizens....

OUR VIEW: More deputies needed at courthouse

McAlester News-Capital 21 Aug 2019
State law allows a sheriff to authorize certain county employees to carry a concealed firearm, if. ... That’s why citizens are not allowed to carry firearms within the courthouse ... Law enforcement officers are trained and certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) before being allowed on the streets to protect citizens....

Democracy won't die if we don't let it

The Courier Times 21 Aug 2019
Democracy’s premise is that ordinary citizens can make solid decisions on complex issues. But this basic principle and the structure of laws and practices erected over the centuries to safeguard it are being questioned as rarely before ... It’s no exaggeration to say the future of our country depends on citizens stepping forward....

Bernie Sanders is right on criminal justice reform but should stay Senator to achieve it ...

Philadelphia Daily News 21 Aug 2019
It would also go a long way toward satisfying the needs of justice, something that has long been absent in our criminal law ... Much of the mutual distrust that exists between police and the citizens they are sworn to protect has arisen because of a growing body of law that criminalizes all manner of victimless behavior....

China adopts two laws, revises ten by late June

Xinhua 21 Aug 2019
... penalty law, he added. In a bid to expand citizens' participation in legislation, to date, the NPC Standing Committee has solicited public opinions on 15 draft laws this year, Zang said....

Ohio law prohibits categories of people from legally purchasing, possessing, owning guns

Cleveland Jewish News 21 Aug 2019
That being said, Ohio law makes it a felony offense for anyone, including a private seller, to “recklessly sell, lend, give or furnish any firearm to any person prohibited.” However, Ohio does not require a background check to be conducted on a firearm purchaser when the seller is just a private citizen....

Pastors partner with JCSO on victim outreach mission

Cleburne Times-Review 21 Aug 2019
As law enforcement officers we frequently deal with terrible and sad situations ... “Due to our large call volume, law enforcement misses many opportunities to address the needs of our citizens,” King said ... “Basically, the deputies often just don’t have the time needed to guide a citizen through difficult times....

Massey renews call for Citizens Review Board

The Chester News & Reporter 21 Aug 2019
Chester citizen John Massey, who has been an advocate for community issues for some time, is calling for the creation of a Citizens Review Board to provide community oversight and accountability on law enforcement matters .......

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