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Escape on Christmas Eve: Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 23, 2011

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Escape on Christmas Eve:  Merry Christmas Everyone!

Some cases bring holiday cheer without a need to editorialize or instruct outside the opinion.  Enjoy, everyone.  Merry Christmas. 311 So.2d 381 (1975) Johnny Diamond HELTON, Appellant, v. STATE of Florida, Appellee. No. W-217.District Court of Appeal of Florida, First District.April 24, 1975.382*382 Alan R. Parlapiano, Asst. Public Defender, for appellant. Robert L. Shevin, Atty. Gen., and A.S. Johnston, […]

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In re: PFC Manning and Rushes to Judgment

December 19, 2011

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In re: PFC Manning and Rushes to Judgment

Every once in a while a trial comes along that concerns an incident broadcast widely.  When I was cutting my teeth as an attorney, it was OJ Simpson.  Recently, it was Michael Jackson’s doctor and that girl in Florida that supposedly killed her daughter.  Today, it is PFC Manning. Manning allegedly downloaded a ton of […]

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Lawsuit Abuse

December 18, 2011

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Lawsuit Abuse

I sat in court the other day.  I had completed my rounds in the courthouse – met with my old judge from Wyoming County (now retired and filling in for an untimely departure on the local bench), the active judge’s secretary, the prothonotary, et al. – and wanted to watch local counsel.  It’s a habit […]

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Yes, I’ll sue an organizing labor union in a heartbeat. Zero hesitation

December 17, 2011

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Yes, I’ll sue an organizing labor union in a heartbeat.  Zero hesitation

Labor unions are run by criminals that engage in illegal conduct to force new union locals on companies so that they can thereafter engage in legalized extortion.  And if the company owners tire of taking it up the ass?  The union leaders compel a strike, complete with vandalism and personal threats.  Oh, and all the […]

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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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Law Office Opening Set

December 8, 2011

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Law Office Opening Set

I went to the office yesterday to meet with the landlord.  Very nice guy.  Seems like a hard worker.  Owns this building and a business in town.  The office has been vacant for three months, and I’m surprised by that.  It’s a perfect set up for a professional office, and is even fully wired with […]

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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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Is law school worth it?

November 22, 2011

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Is law school worth it?

I had a good number of my students – graduate and undergrad – tell me that they were going to go to law school because of my teaching.  They liked the way I think, they said.  That kinda sorta felt good.  And I know that some of them actually went through with it (as opposed […]

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