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Facebook and Lawyer Ethics

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While the title may cause the cynical to wonder aloud if lawyers do have ethics, the answer is yes we do. However, there are those among us who often fail to understand the ethical boundaries. Whether it is inexperience or misguided trial tactics, some lawyers push the ethical envelope in pursuit of trial advantages. The […] [Read More]
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Facebook and Trials

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As the phenomenon of social media grows lawyers continue to search for ways to use these tools to their advantage in litigation. Some are permissible while others are not. Rare these days is the person without a Facebook, Twitter or MySpace account. Despite increasing privacy protections offered by these sites, many people continue to allow […] [Read More]
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Cold Cases Growing Colder

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Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane testified before the legislature this last week that budget cuts and loss of personnel have caused his office to refuse to accept any new cold cases for investigation. The Connecticut Law Tribune, a weekly periodical serving the legal community, reported that Kane’s office presently has 20 cold case investigations and […] [Read More]
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Marijuana Legal: Not So Much!!

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July 1, 2011 was the new “Independence Day” for marijuana users in Connecticut. It was on that date that the new Public Act 11-71 became effective. The new act reflected Connecticut’s capitulation to a growing national trend to de-criminalize marijuana. Prior to that date, possession of any amount of marijuana less than four ounces was […] [Read More]
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Sandusky Victims: Protecting Anonymity

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Disgraced former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, is back in the news once again. Prosecutors are preparing to reveal to his attorney the identity of the 10 alleged victims in this prosecution. The Sixth Amendment mandates that an accused has the right to confront and examine his accusers in a criminal trial. This right of […] [Read More]
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GPS Tracking Collides with the Constitution

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In June I commented on the recent decision of the Circuit Court of Appeals, United States v. Jones, that was argued in the United States Supreme Court. (See GPS Tracking: Is Big Brother Violating the 4th Amendment?) At issue was the constitutionality of police use of secretly planted GPS devices without first obtaining judicial authority […] [Read More]
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Sandusky Needs To Do The Right Thing

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Football legend Joe Paterno died this week. Unfortunately, his integrity and legend were mortally wounded months ago when the revelations about accused pedophile, Jerry Sandusky, erupted. JoePa, the Penn State legend, and leader of Linebacker U. deserved better than the legacy Sandusky’s behavior has thrust upon him. You can debate whether Paterno did enough when […] [Read More]
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Online Gambling May Be Coming

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A recent opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, advisors to the U.S. Attorney General, may be paving the way for legalized online gaming. The opinion does not deal specifically with legalizing online gaming sites; rather, the advisement focuses on federal prohibition of internet sales of state lottery tickets. The opinion specifically addressed the lawfulness […] [Read More]
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Lights, Cameras, Action: TV Comes To Court

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Happy New Year to Connecticut’s media. On January 1st new rules took effect, passed by the Rules Committee of the Judicial Department, now allowing for the televising of nearly all criminal proceedings. What was previously an experiment is now going to be a permanent addition to our criminal courts. Matters involving allegations of sexual assault […] [Read More]
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Sandusky’s Waiver, or is he waivering?

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To listen to Joe Amendola, the attorney for embattled former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, in the weeks leading up to his Tuesday preliminary hearing, this was to be the first stages of the battle. Reportedly, his client was looking forward to exercising his right to confront his accusers in a public forum. Shockingly, the […] [Read More]
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