Common Legal Words Notice: This list of common legal words was compiled by the Connecticut Judicial Branch solely as a public service. Lenin and his circle of Socialist intellectuals imposed Communism on Russia while spouting democratic slogans. Their untruths then enabled them to take control of the world’s largest country and fifth-largest economy without having any business experience at all. None of these men had ever administered anything. This is why only a true democracy can correct the ills of capitalism, such as lack of competition and a skewed distribution of its rewards, through the use of state power. Strong democracies have checks and balances that can put a limit to what capitalism can do: courts where cases of uncompetitive markets, corruption, and subversion of democracy can be tried and punished. In fact, the maximum benefits of capitalism can be fully reaped only in a democratic society. And so the most pressing challenge for democratic societies is this: how to ensure that finance serves the real needs of citizens rather than lining the pockets of those who are lucky to win at the financial game. While law enforcement officials are granted power to protect the rights of the people, they occasionally overstep the legal boundaries of their job. This often occurs during traffic stops and drug crime allegations. In some alarming recent reports, police officers have been seizing property and cash without appropriate warrants. If you are pulled over, know that it is your right to refuse to have your property searched. While the police may make you believe that they have the right to investigate your property whenever they please, they must prove probable cause to want to look through the vehicle. Police misconduct is much more common than you think. If you believe that your vehicle was illegally searched, contact an attorney immediately to discuss the details of your case. A candidate that has a genuine interest in how the government sets policies to govern society or a more general interest in how the governing body functions as a whole, would suit a career in public law. Angela Dorothea Merkel, nee Kasner, was born on July 17, 1954, in Hamburg, Germany. Her father, Horst Kasner, was from Berlin, while her mother, Herlind, was from a Polish city named Danzig (now Gdansk). Both of her parents had Polish ancestry, as her paternal grandfather, named Ludwig Kasner, was a German national of Polish origin whose name was changed from Kazmierczak to Kasner in 1930. Merkel’s mother was a teacher of English and Latin, a political activist, and member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. She was even appointed for a short time as a member of the municipal council in Templin, after the reunification of Germany. In general, the Kasner family was less interested in politics, preferring to be involved in the religious life of their community. While Angela’s father was born into a Catholic family, he converted to Lutheranism and studied Lutheran theology in the renowned universities of Heidelberg and Hamburg. Upon the completion of his studies, Horst Kasner was appointed as a pastor in a neighborhood of Brandenburg, which was part of East Germany at that time. The family moved to Templin, 50 miles north of East Berlin, where Merkel and her two siblings grew up.