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In order to present a case, attorneys need evidence. That evidence may take the form of witness testimony, documents, or physical evidence, and that evidence must be presented in court. But not all evidence is easily obtainable or voluntarily makes its way into court. And for those instances, courts have subpoena power.

A subpoena is a court order to produce documents or testify in court or other legal proceeding, and, as evidenced by its Latin translation "under penalty," those who defy valid subpoenas risk civil or criminal penalties. So is there any way to avoid complying with a subpoena?

It took President Trump six days to address the devastation that Hurricane Maria wreaked on Puerto Rico, a United States territory. And even then, the messages have been mixed. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it did not expect to waive the Jones Act, a century-old regulation that limits shipping into Puerto Rico to U.S. flagged vessels. On Thursday, the Trump administration reversed course, temporarily waiving the Jones Act, ostensibly in an effort to get more aid to the island.

But how does the Jones Act really work? And will waiving it work to get more humanitarian aid to people in need?

Remember Seth Rogen's character in Pineapple Express? No, he wasn't a butler -- he was a process server, an obscure yet essential part of the legal system tasked with delivering the bad news of a lawsuit to the person being sued. After all, if people don't know they're being haled into court, it's kind of hard to defend themselves.

Because service of process is the necessary first step to a lawsuit, many think if they can just avoid the process server for long enough, they can't be sued (hence Rogen's disguises). But is that true?

It seems like every big news story has a legal angle. What are the limits for free speech when it comes to racism and public demonstrations? Can the president do anything he wants when it comes to immigration, and are courts allowed to stop him? What is a grand jury subpoena?

Knowing the nuts and bolts of the laws underlying these controversies may affect how we view them, but not all of us have law school degrees, so how do we assess the legal assertions made in news coverage of the biggest stories? Lucky for us, we have the American Bar Association, who just launched their Legal Fact Check website, designed to "separate legal fact from fiction."

Betty Dukes, the lead plaintiff in the Dukes v. Walmart class action case filed back in 2001, died this month at the age of 67. While the cause has not been announced, Ms. Dukes will be remembered as a fighter. As a result of her devotion to fighting for equal rights, she became known more than just locally, where she lived in Antioch, California. In fact, class action lawyers likely won't forget her name for years to come.

Dukes had a reputation for helping people. Whether it was feeding the hungry, or standing up for equal rights, she was determined to make a difference.

There were certainly questions about presidential power during Barack Obama's presidency, especially when it came to Obamacare and his executive actions on gun control. But those questions have reached a fever pitch under President Donald Trump, as he has attempted to remake the presidency in his own image.

So what are the limits on the president's power, if any?

Before the obscenity standard of 'know it when you see it' came to be, simple four letter words could have been considered obscene and illegal. In those days, courts placed more emphasis on whether or not something that was allegedly obscene contained any "redeeming social importance."

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, one of the co-founders of City Lights Bookstore and the publisher of "Howl" by Alan Ginsberg, played a big role in fighting for the First Amendment rights of authors, publishers, and the public. While Ferlinghetti was on trial for selling obscenity at his bookstore (he sold a copy of "Howl" to a cop), his fight would pave the way for San Francisco's future.

For White House staffers and even high level officials, there are strict ethical standards that are supposed to be followed. In fact, some of those ethical standards are codified in criminal laws. Among the most well known type of ethics crime occurs when an official accepts a bribe.

Generally, the ethics rules seek to prevent government officials and employees from making decisions that they have a personal or financial stake in. This breaks out into two topics: conflicts of interest and personal financial interests. Not surprisingly though, the rules do contain enough leeway, and the executive branch is vested with enough power, that even clear conflicts can sometimes fly under the radar. Additionally, using a public office to garner publicity for private industry, such as by making an endorsement, even if no money is exchanged, is prohibited.

Criminal prosecutors are generally assigned by jurisdiction -- county, state, and federal. The U.S. Attorney General is the nation's top prosecutor. But newly-appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions has found himself in a bit of a political and legal bind.

It was revealed this week that Sessions had two meetings with the Russian ambassador last year, but when asked about such contact during his confirmation hearings, Sessions said under oath, "I did not have communications with the Russians." Amid calls for an investigation into President Trump's administration and the Russian government, Sessions announced yesterday he has recused himself from that investigation, leaving the door open for the appointment of a special prosecutor. So what are special prosecutors, and what's next for the Trump/Russia investigation?

Can Trump Cancel the Iran Deal?

In 2015, the United States and Iran negotiated a historic deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program in return for a rollback on international economic sanctions. But, like many other Obama-era policies, President Trump has indicated his displeasure with the deal, declaring Iran "should write us a letter of thank you" for "the stupidest deal of all time."

This would seem to be a clear indication that Trump would want the U.S. to back out of the Iran deal, but is that even possible at this point?