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John M. Kaman

John Kaman’s Legal Guides

330 total


  • New Gun Rights Legislation Before Congress

    A summary of a proposed new law which would allow those with concealed carry permits in one state to travel to other states with their heat if if the new state's requirements are different. A brief guide to the new bill.

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  • Gun Right Restoration Pt 2

    What are the circumstances under which you may have your gun rights restored in certain states? This guide provides an explanation.

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  • State Relief from Federal Firearms Laws

    I have long taken the position that certain persons disqualified from owning or possessing firearms cannot have their gun rights restored under state law. The list of such persons is set forth at 18 USC 922g and it seems unequivocal in its terms. Some states, not California, do a...

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  • Can a Public Defender Refuse to Defend Your Case?

    In this era of budget crises and mass lay-offs of public workers, regardless of whether refusing a case for lack of resources is ethical or not it is being done. In San Francisco County the Public Defenders Office refuses whole categories of cases, specifically those that are goi...

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  • Amanda Knox: Innocence and Guilt

    Most people commonly understand jury trials to determine the innocence or guil of the accused. Such is not the case however. The jury can return one of two substantive verdicts: guilty and not guilty. Not guilty is not synonmous with innocence. It simply means that the prosecutor...

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  • Pro Bono Criminal Lawyers

    One of the most persistent questions I see on Avvo is a request for a pro bono lawyer. This guide will hopefully clear upsome misconceptions about such lawyers. Do they exist? Yes they do and they are calledpublic defenders. They don't work for free, however, as generally their s...

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  • Why we kill the people we kill

    Many people advance arguments in favor of the death penalty that either have been disproven by scientific evidence or are flawed in some other way. First of all some argue that the death penalty deters crime. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact studeis have shown tha...

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  • Eliminate the Death Penalty

    Numerous arguments exist for eliminating the death penalty even when the subject is dead guilty and everyone knows that. Practical arguments first. It costs more to execute someone than it does to imprison them for life. You have to figure in the costs of appeals and lawyers as w...

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  • Troy Davis

    Any article like this must begin with a recitation of the author's opposition to the death penalty. Otherwise every intelligent reader will brand him a barbarian. So it is with Troy Davis. I signed the petitions for clemency and held out hope that his sentence would be commuted. ...

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  • Helping Avvo Questioners

    I am making this a legal guide because many Avvo questioners don't seem to understand the limits on what I can and can't do. I get calls now everyday from people in distant states indicating it is an emergency and they need help. If I'm in Court they usually ask that I call them ...

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