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Law firms troll for “victims” of synthetic drugs

September 21, 2012

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I select my civil law/personal injury cases very carefully.  I just don’t see the moral value in legal extortion.  The cases I do take are as often defense as plaintiff.  So, with all the hype on synthetics – bath salts and cannabinoids – you knew full well the plaintiff’s attorney bar would jump in. I […]

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Cops & Quota Systems

February 27, 2012

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Cops & Quota Systems

Cops actually have a quota for the number of Terry Stops, traffic stops, arrests, etc.?  Go figure.  Aren’t all governmental interventions into our privacy supposed to be supported by reasonable suspicion or probable cause?  That’s certainly the Constitutional standard, but it seems not so much reality. A NYC cop has filed a lawsuit.  Here’s the […]

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Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

February 20, 2012

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Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

I think this case, Mitchell County v. Zimmerman, is telling us on page 2 that the entire Amish gig rests upon Romans 12:2, in particular, the opening phrase:  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Pissing on someone is outside the scope of employment

January 12, 2012

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Lawsuit of the Day: Pissing on someone is outside the scope of employment

The opening act: State troopers took Derena Madison into custody after a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop in which they arrested her friend for driving under the influence. When officers said they would tow the car, Madison exited to protest. Police arrested her for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct, putting her into handcuffs and restraining her […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: I’m not entirely sure what to do with this …

January 1, 2012

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Lawsuit of the Day:  I’m not entirely sure what to do with this …

So I pull a civil complaint – Estate of Stacie Smith v. Casto.  I immediately set aside that the attorney, filing on behalf of the mother as personal representative for the estate, misspelled Stacie’s name in the caption as “Stacice.”  I like civil cases that have underlying criminal matters.  Stacie, sad to say, was murdered. […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Can necessity excuse cannibalism?

December 28, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day:  Can necessity excuse cannibalism?

“Necessity,” which we’ll discuss later in this post, is a legal concept that excuses certain otherwise illegal acts.  A common example is torching a house to stop the progress of a fire which would otherwise take out an entire neighborhood.  The Arson is overlooked for the greater good. A less dramatic example is when a […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Know when to shut your mouth

December 15, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day:  Know when to shut your mouth

There’s a lesson in this story:  Shut your mouth.  Lying in legal matters never works out. So a 29-year old attorney gets caught speeding.  There’s no indication that he was doing 20 or 30 over the limit – which can toss a person into the aggravated range resulting in license suspension.  No indication that he […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Selective Perception leads to bad Warrant

December 10, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day:  Selective Perception leads to bad Warrant

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate: Here’s a 9th Circuit Opinion worth reading.  The upshot is this … there was a gang-related shooting.  In this particular gang (and maybe it’s common practice), when one gang member does the shooting, another gang member will stash the gun(s) in their home.  The cops had a […]

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Lawsuit of the Day: Married teachers ply 17-year old with alcohol for sex

December 6, 2011

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Lawsuit of the Day:  Married teachers ply 17-year old with alcohol for sex

Oh, my.  This grungy looking couple of 60-somethings got this kid drunk then commenced a threesome.  There seems to be additional victims.  The guy also got nailed for child porn.  Worse yet (from a defense perspective), they developed the relationships over years before commencing The Full Lewinski. The news first hit in April 2011: Daniel Shepard, 62, […]

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Lawsuit of the day: Kidnapper sues for breach of contract

December 2, 2011

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Lawsuit of the day:  Kidnapper sues for breach of contract

Too funny.  Here’s the drill: In his lawsuit, 25-year-old Jessie Dimmick of Aurora, contends that after breaking into Jared and Lindsay Rowley’s Topeka-area home while fleeing police, he and the couple reached a legally binding, oral contract that they would hide him for an unspecified amount of money. Dimmick, who is representing himself, is seeking […]

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