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Yearly Archive for 2011

: 2011

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

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

Death at Neverland, is it Manslaughter?

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

Preparing for Trial

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.

Miranda Warnings Given More Teeth

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

Eyewitness Identification: The Rules are Changing

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

Retrying the Rocket, Roger Clemens

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

Amnesty for Marijuana Convicts

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

How Would You Pick A Lawyer?

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

Casey Anthony: Enough is Enough!

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

Casey Anthony Verdict

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