Murder

  • Mike McLelland Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland

    Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Texas, Violence

    Another Texas Prosecutor Is Killed in Cold Blood

    Additional thoughts on the recent killing of a second prosecutor in Texas, Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.

    32 Comments / / Apr 1, 2013 at 12:13 PM
  • sleeping-beauty

    Adam Liptak, Biglaw, Billable Hours, Books, California, Crime, Deaths, Disability Law, Gay, Gay Marriage, In-House Counsel, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Sandra Day O'Connor, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 04.01.13

    * Can you DIG it?! Well, SCOTUS can’t, at least when it comes to the Prop 8 case, but perhaps that’s what the conservative justices planned all along. You can probably expect a judicial punt on this one. [New York Times]

    * The case for cameras at the high court became even more compelling last week, because people just now realized that having to “spend money to see a public institution do public business is offensive.” Damn straight. [National Law Journal]

    * Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s new book, Out of Order (affiliate link), didn’t exactly get a glowing review from the NYT’s Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak. It’s a “gift shop bauble”? Ouch. [New York Times]

    * Oh, Lanny Breuer, you tried to be all coy by saying you were interviewing elsewhere, but we knew you’d return to Covington. That “vice-chairman” title is a pretty sweet new perk, too. [Legal Times]

    * DLA Piper’s bills may “know no limits,” but in-house counsel claim that while the firm’s emails were “flippant,” they won’t have an impact their already meticulous billing review. [New York Law Journal]

    * The true love’s kiss of litigation: Bingham McCutchen’s Sleeping Beauty may have found her prince in Judge Vincent O’Neill Jr., because he ruled that the firm won’t be able to compel arbitration. [Recorder]

    * It’s really not a good time to be a prosecutor in Texas. Two months after the murder of ADA Mark Hasse, DA Mike McLelland and his wife were gunned down in their home. RIP. [Dallas Morning News]

    * Good news, everyone! The class of 2012 — the largest on record, according to the ABA — was only slightly more unemployed than its predecessors. Cherish the little things, people. [National Law Journal]

    8 Comments / / Apr 1, 2013 at 9:11 AM
  • amanda-knox-RF

    Crime, Murder

    Foxy Knoxy Appeal — Come on Italy, It’s Done. Get Over It.

    Italian Supreme Court to hear whether or not Foxy Knoxy gets retried.

    14 Comments / / Mar 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM
  • Debra Milke RF Arizona version of Casey Anthony

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Federal Judges, Murder, Police, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Reverse Benchslap of the Day: Arizona Attorney General Predicts SCOTUS Smackdown of Ninth Circuit

    Who is Debra Milke, and why is she sometimes called “Casey Anthony’s Arizona sister”?

    8 Comments / / Mar 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM
  • Chief Judge Alex Kozinski speaking at Yale Law School last year.

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Crime, Death Penalty, Deaths, Federal Judges, Murder, Police, Videos

    Benchslap of the Day: Kozinski & Co. Overturn a Murder Conviction

    Can you believe the egregious Brady violations in this case? The Ninth Circuit barely could, it seems….

    21 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM
  • Paul Bergrin (via Getty Images)

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Drugs, Legal Ethics, Murder, New Jersey, Paul Bergrin, Trials, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Paul Bergrin, ‘The Baddest Lawyer in the History of Jersey,’ Convicted at Last

    A former federal prosecutor gets convicted of murder, racketeering, and a whole host of other crimes.

    11 Comments / / Mar 18, 2013 at 2:53 PM
  • jodi arias RF

    Media and Journalism, Murder, Quote of the Day, Television, Trials

    The Jodi Arias Trial Is Just Begging For a Lifetime Movie

    Because with all the HLN coverage and her mug shot smile, how could Lifetime NOT make a movie?

    14 Comments / / Mar 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM
  • police tape RF

    Crime, Family Law, Murder, Solo Practitioners

    Lawyer Killed In Office, Found By Cleaning Crew

    Being murdered in your office sounds absolutely horrible.

    11 Comments / / Mar 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
  • Crushing-Debt-Obligations2

    Crime, Murder, Student Loans, Suicide

    Debt Is Possible Motive In Law Graduate’s Matricide/Suicide

    Police blame debt for law grad’s murder/suicide…

    43 Comments / / Mar 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM
  • Uhh... thanks for the bonus?

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Partner Profits

    Morning Docket: 02.22.13

    * Law School Transparency? Nay, Biglaw Transparency! Peter Kalis, global managing partner of K&L Gates, just opened the kimono wide on his firm’s financial performance in an “unusually detailed” fashion. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Talk about a pain in the pocketbook: according to American Lawyer, profits per partner and revenues are slowly swirling down the drain at several Biglaw firms, with shrinkage of 16 percent in PPP at one firm. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * The ABA is just now thinking of trying to find someone who will audit the graduate employment data that law schools release each year. Gee, it only took 15 fraud lawsuits to get the ball rolling. [National Law Journal]

    * Oh my God, you guys, carrying six figures of law school debt on your shoulders is “unsustainable” in the long run, especially when your salary sucks. This is new information that no one’s heard before. [News-Gazette]

    * Former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is now Tulane Law’s new assistant dean for experiential learning. For the school’s sake, hopefully he’ll be able to control his students better than he did his AUSAs. [Tulane Hullabaloo]

    * “You’re a cold-blooded murderer and I’ll stare you down until I die.” Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years in prison for the murder of his third wife. A sequel to the Lifetime movie is likely forthcoming. [Reuters]

    2 Comments / / Feb 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM
  • She didn't want to be a 'sexytary.'

    Biglaw, Career Alternatives, Death Penalty, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Divorce Train Wrecks, Family Law, Federal Judges, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Small Law Firms

    Morning Docket: 02.20.13

    * Should the mentally disabled receive the death penalty? Neither SCOTUS nor Georgia’s Supreme Court stayed Warren Lee Hill’s execution, but the Eleventh Circuit saved the day. [Washington Post]

    * If you’re looking for a mishmosh of Biglaw news, from new offices to new hires to new firm leaders, then look no further. If only this list were in alphabetical order! [Law Firm Insider / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Dewey know why this partner who was sued by Barclays in the U.K. over his capital loan is suing the bank in the U.S.? It involves an alleged fraud and Joel Sanders. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * So much for that “silly sideshow”: Judge Richard Sullivan of the S.D.N.Y. hasn’t made a ruling in the Greenlight case yet, but he says David Einhorn may have a “likelihood of success on the merits” if the matter proceeds further. [Bloomberg]

    * One of the partners at this small law firm apparently watched Secretary a few too many times, and he’s now accused of threatening to “whip” his ex-assistant into shape because she was a “bad girl.” [New York Post]

    * The University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law named an interim successor to former dean Hiram Chodosh, but we can’t say he’s a law dean hottie. He looks like Van Pelt from Jumanji. [Salt Lake Tribune]

    * The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law will house the first clinic in the nation devoted to pardons and the law. It figures that a religious school would focus on legal Hail Marys. [Blog of Legal Times]

    * Career alternatives for law school dropouts: mining magnate and financier of the Titanic II. Much like the value proposition of going to law school for today’s generation, this idea is unsinkable. [New York Times]

    * Prosecutors have upgraded the charge against Oscar Pistorius to premeditated murder, and one could now say the track star doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to being released on bail pending trial. [CNN]

    * D is for… divorce? Sesame Street is talking about divorce in a way that children can understand, but alas, the series neglects important topics like “why mommy is a whore” and “why daddy drinks.” [Law Firm Newswire]

    4 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 9:04 AM
  • Blade Runner Bullet ad

    Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dewey Ballantine, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Sports

    Dewey Know Why Blade Runner Allegedly Shot His Girlfriend?

    Oscar Pistorius wasn’t fast enough to outrun murder charges.

    27 Comments / / Feb 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM
  • delaware shooting LF

    Courthouses, Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Violence

    Gunfire Erupts Inside Courthouse, Multiple People Killed

    Some additional details about yesterday’s shooting at a Delaware courthouse.

    20 Comments / / Feb 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM
  • Beautiful female college student doing an exam

    Biglaw, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Pepper Hamilton, State Judges, Trusts and Estates

    Morning Docket: 02.06.13

    * Oh my God, Debevoise & Plimpton is dropping its entire trusts and estates practice. Was the economy the cause? What about the eight newly unemployed lawyers? And most importantly, what would Josh Lyman’s father think?! [DealBook / New York Times]

    * Major props go out to everyone at O’Melveny & Myers for hitting an all-time high in terms of both profits per partner ($2.06 million) and revenues per lawyer ($1.1 million). Here’s hoping the bonus situation reflected those incredible numbers. [Am Law Daily]

    * We probably should’ve known when Pepper Hamilton acquired the Freeh Group back in August that exciting things would happen. Say hello to Louis Freeh, the firm’s new chair. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Are we supposed to be surprised that the Millennials who are considering applying to law school are more self-confident than those who preceded them? They’re all special little snowflakes! [National Law Journal]

    * If you’re taking the LSAT on Saturday, here are some tricks to keep yourself focused. But don’t worry, it’s only one of the most important tests you’ll ever take. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Sorry, George Zimmerman, but even though you’re poor, your trial isn’t going to be delayed. Perhaps Judge Nelson made this announcement to serve as a poetic birthday present for Trayvon Martin. [Orlando Sentinel]

    2 Comments / / Feb 6, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • USPS-post-office

    Biglaw, Defamation, Education / Schools, Gender, Job Searches, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Ridiculousness, SCOTUS, Sexism, Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 02.04.13

    * Aside from writing powerful opinions that will last the ages, being a mentor “is the most valuable thing” this Supreme Court justice can do. Sonia Sotomayor: motivational speaker? [New York Times]

    * Aww, poor Biglaw partners. You want bigger cuts of your firm’s profits, but according to the latest Peer Monitor report, expectations like that are incredibly “unrealistic.” [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * This actually isn’t something women like to shop for: the $200 million class action suit over the Greenberg Traurig “boys club” is currently being held up in two federal courts by arbitration and forum shopping issues. [Am Law Daily]

    * With news that the legal industry is shedding jobs faster than the ABA can accredit more unnecessary law schools, career services officers must be hanging their heads in shame. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * Dear law schools, your crappy business model is making us take a look at all crappy higher education business models, and we don’t like what we’re seeing here. Pls hndle thx. XOXO, Moody’s. [Washington Post]

    * This is justice, Texas style: District Attorney Mike McLelland says the reward fund for tips in the brutal slaying of ADA Mark Hasse will grow to an “astronomical amount” until the killers are found. [Dallas Morning News]

    * This lawyer allegedly had a fling with his sister-in-law out of the goodness of his heart, and in return, she accused him of sexual assault. Now he’s suing her for $7 million. You can’t make this sh*t up. [New York Post]

    * In trying to get $700 in tickets dismissed, this lawyer says the U.S. Postal Service is immune from state and local traffic regulations. Other USPS immunities include not losing my mail on a regular basis. [USA Today]

    0 Comments / / Feb 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM
  • The crime scene.

    Crime, Deaths, Guns / Firearms, Murder, Texas, Violence

    Prosecutor Shot and Killed Near Courthouse

    The situation is still developing; it’s not clear why the prosecutor was targeted.

    20 Comments / / Jan 31, 2013 at 12:50 PM
  • Casey Anthony: Paralegal?

    Biglaw, Drugs, Immigration, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Marijuana, Money, Morning Docket, Murder, Paralegals, Partner Profits, Technology

    Morning Docket: 01.29.13

    * “[W]e cannot continue as a nation with 11 million people residing in the shadows.” And we especially can’t have all those people in the shadows without hundreds and hundreds of drones in place. Civil liberties be damned! [Huffington Post]

    * According to this Wells Fargo survey, Biglaw did quite well in terms of revenues last year. Given that PPP was up nearly five percent, it’s now appropriate to bitch about why your bonuses weren’t even bigger than they were. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * “Being a lawyer is a damn good profession.” To be fair, it could be an even better profession if things in legal education were subjected to some serious change, and Hofstra Law’s new dean seems to understand that. [New York Law Journal]

    * Stoners everywhere would like to know when the federal government is going to legalize marijuana, but to be frank, they should thank their Lucky Charms they’re not getting prosecuted in states where it is legal. [TIME]

    * Russia is officially trying to prosecute a dead man — a dead lawyer, no less. That said, we’re pretty sure it’s safe to say that not even Yakov Smirnoff himself could come up with a reversal for this one. [New York Times]

    * Oh my god, some of Lat’s pop culture prophecies are coming true: Casey Anthony wants to become a paralegal. Nancy Grace is in the process of birthing a herd of cows over Tot Mom’s ambitions. [ABC News]

    * The grand jury in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case thought there was enough evidence to indict the Ramseys on child abuse charges. This would’ve been a great thing to be outraged about in 1999. [CBS News]

    * I’ll be tweeting from the LegalTech show today. Follow me on Twitter to get all the latest updates. [Twitter]

    8 Comments / / Jan 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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