TAILIEUCHUNG - Gale Encyclopedia Of American Law 3Rd Edition Volume 9 P34

Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Volume 9 P34 fully illuminates today's leading cases, major statutes, legal terms and concepts, notable persons involved with the law, important documents and more. Legal issues are fully discussed in easy-to-understand language, including such high-profile topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act, capital punishment, domestic violence, gay and lesbian rights, physician-assisted suicide and thousands more. | 318 SPOUSAL ABUSE area. Such a practice can clash with a community s established plan for land use. Spot zoning is usually invalid because it amounts to an arbitrary capricious and unreasonable treatment of a limited area within a particular district and is therefore a deviation from the comprehensive zoning plan. FURTHER READING Salkin Patricia E. 2009. American Law of Zoning 5th ed. St. Paul Minn. West. CROSS REFERENCES Land-Use Control Zoning. SPOUSAL ABUSE See DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. SQUATTER An individual who settles on the land of another person without any legal authority to do so or without acquiring a legal title. In the past the term squatter specifically applied to an individual who settled on public land. Currently it is used interchangeably with intruder and trespasser. Yet a squatter or a person who enters premises without permission and has been in occupancy for at least 30 days has a somewhat more murky status. For example New York law RPAPL 713 3 authorizes summary EVICTION proceedings against squatters. A squatter is defined as an occupant of the premises who intruded into or squatted upon the premises without the permission of either the owner her or his predecessors in title or someone else entitled to possession. Robbins v. De Lee 34 870 310 804 3d Dep t 1970 . SS An abbreviation used in the portion of an affidavit pleading or record known as the statement of venue. The abbreviation is read as to wit and is intended to be a contraction of the Latin term scilicet. In a caption at the top of a court filing for example the abbreviation tends to be used in the following format STATE OF ILLINOIS SS. COUNTY OF CHAMPAIGN. This very standard and straightforward notation in this instance would mean that a matter is before a state court in Illinois and more particularly that the local subdivision is the County of Champaign which is where the courthouse is located. v ST. CLAIR JAMES DRAPER James Draper St. Clair was a distinguished attorney who

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