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Attorney-Client Confidentiality in the Tech Age

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There is no greater privilege of confidentiality than that accorded the communications between an attorney and a client. No one, not even the Supreme Court, can invade that privilege without the express consent of the client. The rule appears in every state’s Codes of Professional Responsibility and Evidence. The only true exception is when an […] [Read More]
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The Supremes ain’t just a singing group!

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The first Monday in October marks the traditional opening of the new term of the United States Supreme Court. The Court term extends to the following October. The Court was created by the Judiciary Act of 1789, and has annually reconvened since its organization in 1790. The nine justices are lifetime Presidential appointees, confirmed by […] [Read More]
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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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