Ya Got Trouble, Folks!

by Norman Horowitz

Ya got trouble, folks, right here in River City
With a capital ‘T’ and that rhymes with ‘P’
And that stands for ‘pool’

— The Music Man

I know it’s an arcane notion that we are, in theory, a nation of laws.

Due process, to name but one, is guaranteed under the Fifth Amendment:

No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…

And the Fourteenth Amendment:

No State shall…deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Due process generally requires fairness in government proceedings. A person is entitled to notice and opportunity to be heard at a hearing when they have life, liberty, or property at stake.   Continue reading “Ya Got Trouble, Folks!”