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GPS Tracking: Is Big Brother Violating the 4th Amendment?

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In high school many of us read the classic 1984, in which George Orwell posited a society where citizens were subject to constant surveillance by the omni-present Big Brother. Advocates of civil liberty often pointed to Orwell’s classic as the end result of a society where individual privacy rights were subordinated to the public “good.” […] [Read More]
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Death at Neverland, is it Manslaughter?

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Evidence began this week in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the embattled former personal physician for pop icon, Michael Jackson. Jackson died from an overdose of an anesthetic, propofol, prescribed by Murray. What is not in dispute is that Murray had been administering propofol to Jackson to treat his chronic insomnia. What is disputed […] [Read More]
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Preparing for Trial

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Trial lawyers are like directors of live TV or theater productions. When a case is finally reached for trial there are a number of tasks to be completed to set the stage for the final presentation. Civil jury cases have a definite shelf life in Connecticut, having already gone through a number of stages. Depending […] [Read More]
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Miranda Warnings Given More Teeth

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In 1966 the U. S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Miranda v. Arizona, acknowledging that a person in police custody may not be interrogated without being warned of certain of his 5th and 6th Amendment rights. Principally, those rights are the right to remain silent; to be informed that anything said will be […] [Read More]
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Eyewitness Identification: The Rules are Changing

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In criminal jury trials jurors may rely on two types of evidence: direct and circumstantial. Circumstantial evidence allows a factual conclusion to be reached based on inferences built from other indirect facts. Direct evidence, by contrast, is direct proof of a fact, usually based upon testimony from a witness as to what that person saw […] [Read More]
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Retrying the Rocket, Roger Clemens

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September has always been a defining month for major league baseball. Rosters expand from 25 to 40 as teams either begin their tuneups for the ensuing playoffs or expose their youngsters to the big league, looking to the future. September was also the month that Roger Clemens would focus on another World Series ring or […] [Read More]
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Amnesty for Marijuana Convicts

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Since the mid 19th century laws attempting to regulate, tax and finally criminalize marijuana use proliferated. The 1936 classic, Reefer Madness, painted the grim picture for parents of the evils of marijuana use. Decades of criminal prosecutions followed as the drug flourished in the 1960′s and ’70′s on college campuses. Youngsters found with small amounts […] [Read More]
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How Would You Pick A Lawyer?

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Last week I had the privilege of being inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to 500 trial lawyers in the U.S. and a distinguished group of practitioners in 30 other countries. The vetting process is extensive. Candidates are asked to submit a […] [Read More]
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Casey Anthony: Enough is Enough!

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Raise your hand if you have had enough of the Casey Anthony drama! CNN has long been considered as a valid international news source. Its correspondents have brought to our living rooms real time reports of crisis throughout the world. We have watched smart bombs target terror and protests in remote corners of this globe. […] [Read More]
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Casey Anthony Verdict

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Unless you live under a rock, by now you have learned that the jury in this sensational murder trial has acquitted Casey Anthony on all homicide counts, convicting her only of the four misdemeanor counts of giving false information to law enforcement. Courtroom observers, in particular the legion of media present, had fully expected a […] [Read More]
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