Medlin Law Firm - April 2022

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APRIL 2022

COURT CASES ARE LIKE PREPARING FORWAR The Lessons We Can Learn From History

The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775, with the battles of Lexington and Concord. When looking at the RevolutionaryWar, not only can we understand our history and where we came from, but we can also use these experiences in our own battles. Everyone has their own wars theymust fight — no matter how large or small they are. Alongwithmy battles, I am also helpingmy clients with their battles during their court cases. I see a lot of similarities between defending someone in court and the Revolutionary War. Although these two situations are taking place in two different time periods with other factors, the experiences, lessons, and preparation of the patriots in 1775 can help me with my cases.

time, dedication, and preparation, soldiers can fight their way to victory. These tools can also help my clients and me during cases. Quite often, we are the underdogs. We’re outgunned or facing an opponent with more resources and experience. But with our determination, we have a greater desire to win — we will prevail. I think preparation is the most essential part in times of war and during a case. During the American Revolution, GeorgeWashington took his troops to Valley Forge for the winter to prepare for battle the following season. This allowed him and his troops to stay ready to fight and win the war. Likewise, I prepare for cases by talking to witnesses, reviewing evidence, researching particular issues, and being aware of the difficult points or weaknesses of the case. Both war and court cases are long processes — things aren’t going to happen quickly and automatically. It takes time to get everything and everyone ready. But this waiting game is highly beneficial. I encourage my clients to play the waiting game. Patience is the key here because sometimes our opponents are unwilling to play the long game and stick with it. By waiting it out and seeing who can outlast the other side, we can be successful. It shows that we’re willing to put the time and effort into what you believe in. Defending people in court is a lot like fighting awar. The preparation and thought processes of the two are similar. I dedicate myself and my firm to providing you with the best experience possible and will do everything in my

Although we may have outcomes that we wish were different, there is always a chance that things can still go our way. Some battles will be lost within the war, but that doesn’t mean the war is over.

One of the biggest similarities is the wins and losses. In the early part of the RevolutionaryWar, the patriots lost almost every battle against the British. You would think by losing all these battles, they would’ve lost the war. But that’s not the case — and this resembles court hearings. Sometimes, my client and I will have setbacks with their case. We may have lost the motion or hearing, but that doesn’t mean our job is finished. Although we may have outcomes that we wish were different, there is always a chance that things can still go our way. Some battles will be lost within the war, but that doesn’t mean the war is over. With

power to help you get the outcome you deserve. So don’t worry if we lose some of our battles; we are still in this war — together.

– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.

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Fact or Fiction: Can Eating Food Before Bed Cause Nightmares?

As a kid, your parents probably said that eating before bed was bad for you, but is that really true? Recent data shows that it just might be.

For example, the International Journal of Psychophysiology conducted a study where participants added Tabasco sauce or mustard to a meal they ate before bed. Their study found that this addition affected the quality of sleep that night, since spicy food can cause your body temperature to rise, release heat, and induce restlessness. To top it off, Harvard Medical School found that conditions that wake you up during your sleep can influence your ability to recall dreams, making it easier to remember any potential nightmares. If you want a snack before bed, fruit is the best option. Grapes contain sleep hormones such as melatonin, which helps you fall asleep faster. Bananas are another option because potassium can calm and de-stress your muscles before bed. While more research is needed to connect your choice of midnight snacks or late-night dinners to nightmares, it’s easy to see that sweets and spicy dishes won’t help you get better sleep each night.

The Studies The University of Montreal discovered a correlation between late-night eating and nightmares in 2015, with 9.5% of their participants saying that they had bad dreams when they ate before going to bed. Another study by the Journal of the Mind and Body found that sugary sweets such as ice cream and candy bars can increase brain activity. During this increase after eating sugary foods, 70% of their participants experienced nightmares. However, Stanford University for Sleep Sciences and Medicine explains that this isn’t always siloed to sweets; other kinds of late-night snacks may cause nightmares as well. The Findings If you’re eating food containing spices, sugar, or dairy, this can trigger more brain waves in your sleep, making it more difficult to rest.

The Police Contacted Me — NowWhat? SPEAKWITH YOUR ATTORNEY FIRST!

If law enforcement contact you to come down to the police station to answer a few questions, here is what you should do.

them the police called you. Your attorney should also be present when you decide to speak with law enforcement.

Types of Questionings If a police officer wants to question you, they must explain your rights. These requirements can vary depending on the situation the police are asking you about. 1. A voluntary encounter is the type of questioning that doesn’t need proof or a warrant. Since it’s voluntary, you’re free to leave whenever you want. 2. Temporary detention can occur if the police officer has a “reasonable suspicion” that you’re involved in a crime they are investigating. 3. If law enforcement has probable cause, they can make an arrest . Even if you’re innocent of the crime, they can still take action if they think the evidence links you to the crime. ‘We Just Want To Talk’ If law enforcement calls you to answer a few questions, they often think you’re connected to the crime. If you’re innocent, you may answer questions that can hurt you. If the police ever contact you, you have the right to remain silent — even if you’re under suspicion. Afterward, you should immediately contact your attorney and tell

What if You Talk to LawEnforcementWithout anAttorney? A few things could go wrong if you decide to speak to a police officer without your attorney present: • Even if you’re innocent, you might say something that can be used to find you guilty . Anything you tell the police can be used against you in a court of law. • Everything you say to law enforcement will be analyzed and torn apart. You could lie or misspeak , which will bring more suspicion on you.

• Whatever you discuss with law enforcement could be misunderstood — even if you have an alibi or no criminal record.

If the police have contacted you to answer a few questions, allowyour friends at Medlin Law Firm to assist you. We will be happy to defend you and help navigate your discussion with law enforcement. We can oftentimes have the case dropped or prevent your arrest. Give us a call today and we can help you navigate this issue.

The bottom line is this: NEVER talk or answer any questions without an attorney!

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Peanut Butter During the 1880s, Dr. Ambrose Straub created a peanut paste for his patients who had trouble swallowing or had bad teeth. Around the same time, John Harvey Kellogg was the first to develop the process for manufacturing peanut butter. In 1893, peanut butter was introduced at the Chicago World Fair, and in 1904, Straub got a food company to develop peanut butter. Then, the peanut spread began to gain popularity, and stores started ordering it. The Sandwich In 1901, the Boston Cooking School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics published the first peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe. However, the sandwich didn’t gain a lot of popularity until World War II. It was on U.S. military ration menus because it was high in protein and easily portable. Once the soldiers arrived home, the PB&J spread like wildfire. Everyone loved this tasty and easy sandwich. Who knew that the three simple ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich had so much history?

April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! This simple yet delicious sandwich is probably the meal we all have had once in our lives. But do you know the history and how it was created? In honor of National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, let’s take a look at its origins. Bread In the early 1900s, Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the bread slicer. After a few modifi - cations, Rohwedder’s invention was ready to be used in bakeries, and he coined the term “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Once customers began buying sliced bread, they needed a condiment they could spread over the top of it. Jelly In 1917, Paul Welch obtained a patent for puréeing grapes and turning them into jelly. He named his invention Grapelade and advertised it to American troops during World War I. Once the soldiers were back from war, Welch’s invention became a huge hit, and soon, Grapelade was the most popular thing to spread across your presliced bread. You can still findWelch’s grape jelly in supermarkets.

Celebrate the PB&J!

THE HISTORY OF THE PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICH

HEALTHIER, LIGHTER DEVILED EGGS

Hard-boiled eggs are essential for Easter, so why not transform them into a healthy appetizer?

Ingredients

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6 large eggs

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Optional: Hot sauce, to taste

3 tbsp Greek yogurt 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp lemon juice

Optional: Paprika and chives, chopped, for garnish

Directions

1. In a large pot, add eggs and cover with water. Put on high heat, and then boil eggs for 10 minutes. 2. Once boiled, peel eggs by gently tapping and removing the shell. (Adding the eggs to an ice bath after boiling can make this task easier.) 3. Cut eggs lengthwise and place yolks into a medium mixing bowl. Set egg white halves open side up on a plate. 4. In a bowl, combine yolks, yogurt, mustard, lemon juice, and hot sauce (if desired) until smooth. 5. Transfer the yolk mixture into the egg white halves. Garnish with paprika and chives if desired.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. Let’s Play theWaiting Game

2. Are You Eating a Nightmare- Inducing Snack?

Anything You Say Can Be Held Against You

3. What Came First — Sliced Bread, Peanut Butter, or Jelly?

Healthier, Lighter Deviled Eggs

4. Try Your LuckWith This Eggtastic Game!

Egg-splore TheseWays to Celebrate Easter FUN HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES THE WHOLE FAMILYWILL ENJOY

Easter Cookie Kit Cost: $29.99 | ThePopcornFactory.com

Easter is approaching, and there are tons of activities you and your family can do to celebrate the holiday. These activities will let your children or grandchildren unlock their imaginations, all from the comfort of your own home.

Did somebody say cookies? Yes, we did! With this cookie kit, you and your kids will be creating edible bunnies, flowers, and eggs! The kit provides all the ingredients you need to bake delicious cookies, which is a perfect time to teach your child about the fundamentals of baking while also having fun. This activity satisfies your creative needs and your cravings for a sweet treat. The traditional activities around Easter are fun, and now you have even more options to choose from — but these items will go fast so pick one up ASAP.

KiwiCo Eggsperiments Cost: $26.95 | KiwiCo.com

Egged On Cost: $24.50 | Amazon.com

These experiments bundle creativity, science, and education in one fun, family- friendly package! Instead of having your kids decorate eggs with paint, you can use this kit to conduct scientific experiments. Your child will be able to color eggs and create crystalized shells by using chemistry, physics, and biology.

You’ve heard of casino roulette, but have you heard of egg roulette? Well, now you have with Egged On, a Hasbro board game that will have you and your children laughing in no time. You first spin the wheel to see how many eggs you will crack over your head or someone else’s. Some of these eggs are filled with water, which are the eggs you don’t want. Try your luck with this fun-filled game.

These activities are enjoyable for the entire family, and you can create memories that will last a lifetime. Happy Easter!

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