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Why Do They Call Them Smartphones?

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Why do they call them smartphones when people seem to continue to do stupid things with them? I find myself asking this question almost daily as I read the morning news. The combination of video and picture capability, together with with postings to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media, has encouraged the terminally stupid […] [Read More]
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Steubenville Rape Case: Liquor is Quicker Way to Jail!

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The late American poet and humorist, Ogden Nash, was known for his witty phrases. One that every hormonal school boy has heard, probably without knowing whom to credit, was, “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” To the chagrin of two testosterone and liquor fueled football players from Steubenville, Ohio, it wasn’t the quick way […] [Read More]
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Skakel Part III

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The ongoing saga of Michael Skakel is set for round 3 in Rockville Superior Court in mid-April, as trial starts in the second of his collateral attacks on his conviction in the death of Martha Moxley. Skakel was first convicted in the decades-old cold case in 2002. In that first trial “celebrity” lawyer, Mickey Sherman […] [Read More]
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Jodi Arias: The Right to Testify

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The sensational murder trial of Jodi Arias became the seeming theater of the absurd in the 18 days of testimony by Arias. Adding to the drama from the exhausting and often inconsistent proffer of facts from Arias, was the unusual role played by the jury. Arizona permits jurors to put questions to a witness, not […] [Read More]
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Lawyer Advertising– lowering the bar

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Last weekend I was privileged to be inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in their spring meeting in Naples,Fl. Driving along I-75 on Florida’s gulf coast I was overwhelmed by the epidemic of lawyer billboards. The ads ran the gamut from dignified to the absurd– there was one guy in […] [Read More]
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Appealing Crime–The End Game

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What do convicted killer, Drew Peterson, and child molester, Jerry Sandusky, have in common? Both filed appeals this week from their criminal convictions. Each of these felons, facing the rest of their lives in prison, has vowed to fight on to clear their names. So what will the road ahead be for these two bad […] [Read More]
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Arizona v. Jodi Arias–Is It Self-Defense?

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A gruesome homicide case is playing out in the arid climate of Arizona, that has garnered the interest of TruTV’s In Session, Nancy Grace and other legal commentators. Jodi Arias is a seemingly harmless looking 32 year old photographer charged in the vicious killing of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. When they met in 2006 […] [Read More]
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Conn.’s Assault Weapon Ban

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In the wake of the Newtown massacre the debate over assault weapons continues. Recently, New York strengthened its gun control laws and existing assault weapons ban. Each time the topic is raised the opponents of gun control trot out the Second Amendment, citing it as an absolute proscription on the power of government to place […] [Read More]
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