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Tort Reform or Tort Deform

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Tort reform is a constant refrain in every political cycle. Litigious plaintiffs and we greedy trial lawyers are frequently blamed for every financial evil society has to endure. A vocal group of doctors continue to blame us and our injured clients for forcing them to practice “defensive medicine” driving the cost of healthcare to astronomical […] [Read More]
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Legal Pot; The New NORML

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There is a growing movement to legalize marijuana. The folks at NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) must be high with the results of referenda in Washington and Colorado, and not because they are eating too many hash brownies. Voters in both states approved ballot initiatives legalizing possession of limited amounts of […] [Read More]
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They Still Talk Latin at Court

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“Nullum tempus occurrit regi” a mouthful of ancient Latin, was resurrected recently by our Connecticut Supreme Court in a decision that has the public construction industry spinning in its togas. The lofty sounding Latin phrase, literally translated, means, “no time runs against the King.” In reality the ancient common law doctrine provides that the State […] [Read More]
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Election Day Thoughts

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“We the People, in order to form a more perfect union . . .” It is the morning of election day and I am getting ready to exercise that most precious right guaranteed to us by our Constitution, the right to vote. It is days after the worst Hurricane disaster this area of the country […] [Read More]
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Sandusky: At Least He’s Consistent!

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In the whacky world of convicted pedophile, Jerry Sandusky, this week presented him the opportunity to again advance his conspiracy theory and claims that he did nothing wrong. He saw his sentencing as a chance to tell the judge and the rest of us that he was really a humanitarian who just loved throwing young […] [Read More]
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It’s Not Enough To Just Show Up–Duties of a Litigator

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The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right to counsel in criminal proceedings. Courts have interpreted it as requiring the effective assistance of counsel. It’s not enough to just show up in a pretty suit and look the part. Criminal trial lawyers have responsibilities that go far beyond. I am reminded of the scene […] [Read More]
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Habeas Corpus-The Great Writ and Jeffrey MacDonald

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In 1979 then Captain Jeffrey MacDonald was convicted in the federal court in North Carolina for the brutal murders of his wife and three daughters in 1970. MacDonald maintained that three men accompanied by a drug fueled woman chanting, “Acid is groovy, kill the pigs” entered his home, brutally beating and stabbing him. MacDonald awoke […] [Read More]
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The Duchess and the Phone Booth

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What does a royal duchess and a bookmaker in a phone booth have in common? Well, nothing really except that in 1987 the United States Supreme Court defined the concept of “reasonable expectation of privacy” in the context of the attachment of a listening device on a closed phone booth in the case of United […] [Read More]
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Your lying eyes!

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Can We Stop the Distracted Driving?!!

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My wife and I went out for pizza tonight and found the street blocked before the entrance to our favorite pizza restaurant. In the roadway yellow police tape had cordoned off an obvious accident scene, as the local police major crime squad went about the task of documenting the crash site. Standing upright in the […] [Read More]
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