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Legal Phrases and Trivia

By David PeelDavid Peel

The words “insane” and “insanity” are legal, not medical terms.
The word “freelance” comes from medieval times when a knight’s lance (long spear)  was free for hire.
Irony. The New Hampshire state license plate that says “Live Free or Die”  is made in prisons.
It has long been thought that the word “testify” originates from olden courts where men could swear on their testicles.
Bibles are seldom used in court today and “so help me God” is practically unheard.
Knights in full armor used to raise their metal visors to identify themselves to others and royalty. This developed into the modern military salute.
In Britain, each shire (or area)  had a reeve who was the law for that shire. It was Americanized to “sheriff.”
U.S. Interstates that run North and South are odd numbers which start at I-5 in California, and the Routes which run East to West are even numbers South to North, from I-10 at Gulf northward.
Police dogs are often commanded in German to avoid suspects words from distracting the dogs from biting them.
The words “Alma mater” mean “bountiful mother.”
“You have the right to remain silent…”.  These Miranda rights arose from the case called Miranda v. Arizona, but  he was still convicted and died several years later in a bar fight.
Lawyers are called “advocates.” But the term “devil’s advocate” originated in the Roman Catholic church. During hearings to determine whether a nominee should be officially  sainted, a “devil’s advocate” argues against it.
During the development of the top secret atomic bomb, babies born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during the highly secretive Manhattan Project were legally listed as having been born at Post Office Box 1663 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Employment cases and discrimination dominate the news sometimes.  In olden times,  if you wanted someone to be “moved along” you might burn down their house and this was known as “firing” the person.
Jesus stated His purpose was to “testify to the truth” in John 18:37.
Ms. Roe in the famed case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in all of the United States, now vocally speaks out for the pro life cause.
The only fifteen letter word in the English language that can be spelled without repeating any letter is a legal term: “uncopyrightable.”
Esquire (abbreviated Esq.) generally designates individuals licensed to practice law. Esquire suggests “squire,” which originally meant an apprentice or assistant to a knight.
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.

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