Judge Gerald A. Williams talks baseballs and tort liability

Fly Ball Judge Gerald A. Williams talks baseballs and tort liability. It’s May. School will soon be out for summer, spring training seems like a distant memory, and our Arizona Diamondbacks will play 28 games (just in May). So what happens if you go to a baseball game and get hit by a baseball? Can you sue? Probably not successfully. The legal concept involved is called assumption of risk. Like many of our ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams drops in on a government class at Boulder Creek High School to discuss the Constitution

Constitutionality Judge Gerald A. Williams drops in on a government class at Boulder Creek High School to discuss the Constitution.   I recently had an opportunity to speak to some government classes at Boulder Creek High School. My topic was, “How Courts Examine Constitutionality.” Part of the lecture focused on two schools of thought: believers of a living Constitution vs. an originalist or textualis ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams on why being under the influence of medicine can trigger a DUI

DUI Judge Gerald A. Williams on why being under the influence of medicine can trigger a DUI. When most people think of a DUI, they think of drunk driving. They don’t think about being under the influence of prescription medicine. However, the results can be tragically similar. There are basically two different kinds of DUI drug charges. First, there is a DUI charge for merely having a drug in your body unde ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams answers commonly asked court questions

In Session Judge Gerald A. Williams answers commonly asked court questions.   For this month’s column, I asked our court staff to let me know the most common questions they receive from members of the public. These were some of them. Q: I live in Anthem and have never even been to Surprise. Why do I have to go to Surprise for my case? A: The short answer is “because that is where Maricopa County put th ...

Read more

Why you should respect the police

Respect the Police  Judge Gerald A. Williams talks about why you give should law enforcement officials the same level of respect that he or she should be showing you. My father was briefly a military police officer; but I have never been a cop. Based on my observations as a private citizen, as a judge, and as someone who watches the news; being a law enforcement official is clearly difficult. It’s not a job ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams on the various liabilities posed by at-work holiday parties.

Holiday Minefield Judge Gerald A. Williams on the various liabilities posed by at-work holiday parties. In my family, we have a tradition that I read The Christmas Story each Christmas Eve. One of the holiday traditions we have at our courthouse is a cookie exchange. Employees that want to take part, sign up, and then agree to bring two or three cookies to everyone who participates. It’s a fun activity and ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams on the presidential backstory behind the November holiday of giving thanks

Presidents and Thanksgiving By Gerald A. Williams Thanksgiving is hopefully an opportunity for family to get together, to share a meal, and to give thanks for what is going right in their lives. If you like college football, you may lament that Texas and Texas A & M or Oklahoma and Nebraska never play each other around Thanksgiving (or ever) anymore. But Thanksgiving as a holiday has some odd history. W ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams explains why you should never ignore court fines––especially speeding tickets!

Court Fines Judge Gerald A. Williams explains why you should never ignore court fines––especially speeding tickets! By Judge Gerald A. Williams All bills are important, and at some point, must be paid. However, some of the worst bills that you can ignore are fines generated by municipal and by justice courts. A simple mistake and some hard times can cause a downward spiral. For example, perhaps you get a sp ...

Read more

Local Judge Gerald A. Williams describes the structure of our Constitution and some of the fireworks preceding it

When U.S. History Really Began: The Constitution and Bill of Rights  Local Judge Gerald A. Williams describes the structure of our Constitution and some of the fireworks preceding it. Given that we’ve just celebrated our nation’s birthday and that some of the most significant recent cases from the U.S. Supreme Court have had a chance to take root in public consciousness, it’s a good time to look at where we ...

Read more

Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses what everyone should know about contracts

Contracts Judge Gerald A. Williams discusses what everyone should know about contracts. Our entire economic system is based in part on a belief that contracts are obligations that will be honored, and if they are not, then there will be some type of penalty. Every contract has at least three elements: an offer, an acceptance of that offer, and consideration. An offer is a proposal to enter into a contract o ...

Read more

© 2018 85086 Magazine. A Division of Strickbine Publishing Inc.

Scroll to top