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Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that President Trump blocking Twitter users from accessing his @realDonaldTrump account violates their First Amendment rights. Interestingly, the judge declined to order Trump to unblock those users, instead issuing this veiled warning:

"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President ... will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional."

Well, we all know the old adage about what happens when you assume. And we're pretty well familiar with Donald Trump's response to people who try to tell him what to do. So, will he unblock any of the users that sued him? And will he refrain from blocking users in the future?

Can Your Immigration Case Get Reopened?

With the campaign of Donald Trump, illegal immigration took center stage during the run up to the 2016 presidential election. With controversial speeches about a border wall and increased deportations, the debate reached new levels of fervor. And with President Trump in office, that debate rages on. 

Now, the latest battle on the immigration warfront has many undocumented immigrants worried that their previously-closed immigration cases will be reopened.

When news breaks about someone being punished or fired from their job for things they say -- like the NFL penalizing teams if their players do not show respect for the national anthem -- the first question from many people is, "What about the First Amendment?" And while we generally have the freedom of speech, there are limits on our First Amendment protections.

One of those limits is the employment context. Because most employment is at-will, meaning an employer can generally fire an employee for any reason or no reason at all, you might get fired for something you say, even if it's not at or involving work. There are limits on that as well, and some types of speech that are protected at work. Here are a few of the biggest questions when it comes to free speech in the workplace, and some answers as well.

Previously reserved for getting small business and creative ideas off the ground, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe have morphed into online money pools funding everything from legal fees to medical expenses. So, for those toiling under the crushing burden of student loans, it's only natural to wonder whether you can crowdfund your way out of that debt.

But before you go asking strangers to pay back that law school loan, here are a few legal considerations to take into account.

Anti-LGBT Adoption Laws

The conflict between equal rights advocates and freedom of religion proponents has been going on for a long time and doesn't show signs of letting up any time soon. One current battleground is the issue of same-sex adoption. While advocates see it as a 14th Amendment equal protection issue, proponents of anti-LGBT adoption laws argue for religious exemptions.

But where does the law currently stand?

You hoped it wouldn't come to this. You encouraged and cajoled. You begged and pleaded. You offered them money to help them get settled elsewhere. You even drafted and delivered five eviction notices. And yet, your 30-year-old adult child refuses to move out of your house.

What do you do? Well, you sue them in county court, of course.

Nobody really wants to file for bankruptcy. But being in financial dire straits can be a truly frightening experience for anyone, and one to be avoided at all costs. Many people who might qualify for bankruptcy try to put off filing for as long as possible, perhaps out of an innate optimism about their financial future or due to the stigma attached to declaring bankruptcy.

But putting off bankruptcy may actually be more fiscally risky than filing, so when is it too late for you to file for bankruptcy?

Who's on the Hook When Public Officials Settle Lawsuits?

It seems like every other week we hear about a new scandal coming out of Congress. Whether it's another sordid affair, allegations of sexual harassment, or an abrupt and mysterious resignation, Congressional headlines are reading like trashy, unoriginal bedside novels these days.

But there are victims to these stories -- usually more than we know given the prevalence of nondisclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses. And although some victims do finally receive some sort of compensation, it begs the question, "Who actually pays for these lawsuit settlements?" In many cases, you do. But that could be changing.

Although the U.S. department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement was only created in 2003, it feels like it's been around forever. Perhaps that's due to its impact on immigrants and their families. ICE has stepped up its detention and deportation efforts over the past couple years, with immigration arrests rising 30 percent in 2017 over the previous year. Those arrests have occurred at courthouses, schools, and even hospitals.

And there has been no shortage of stories involving people, including sheriff's officers and even school principals, threatening to call ICE on people they think may be illegal immigrants. So, what should you do if someone threatens to call ICE on you or or someone you know?

Judge Invalidates California Life-Ending Drug Law

Whether it's euthanasia, abortion, or the death penalty, life-and-death issues are highly controversial and hotly debated. Talking heads rankle over the issues and politicians use them as rallying devices. In an ongoing debate out of California, an end-of-life law seems to be meeting its own end as a judge has ruled it was unconstitutionally approved by lawmakers.