Crime

  • Steven Davis, Joel Sanders, and Stephen DiCarmine

    Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf

    Pissed Prosecutors To Retry Dewey & LeBoeuf Defendants

    Perhaps this time around, prosecutors will get lucky and draw a jury that’ll be able to get a better grasp on the complicated financial charges involved in this case.

    18 Comments / / Dec 4, 2015 at 11:09 AM
  • justice-handcuffs-e1372182679824-300x286

    Crime, Police

    Criminally Yours: The Mentally Ill And The Police

    Instead of just pushing the mentally ill into corners and hoping to never see them again, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tackling the issue head on.

    11 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 1:32 PM
  • Judge Alex Kozinski

    Alex Kozinski, Death Penalty, Quote of the Day

    Judge Alex Kozinski Speaks His Mind — On National Television — About The Death Penalty

    Judge Kozinski poses the question on 60 Minutes: Should we bring back the guillotine or the firing squad?

    33 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 11:57 AM
  • Laquan McDonald last moments

    Police, Racism

    When Cops Do Their Jobs, Black People Die

    I’m thankful i haven’t been shot by a cop… yet.

    149 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 3:11 PM
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    Crime

    Criminally Yours: Sex In Vegas

    Sex registry is important, but it’s far too blunt an instrument to deal with alerting and protecting the public from former offenders.

    37 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 11:46 AM
  • Daniel Spitalnic

    Crime

    This Attorney Allegedly Stole 6 Figures From Clients

    Hope he still has enough to afford a fancy lawyer. Sounds like he needs one.

    54 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM
  • Telephone wires

    Technology

    Defense Lawyers Claim FBI Illegally Bugged Outside Steps Of County Courthouse

    We may get to see just how far the courts are willing to extend the expectation of privacy in public places

    52 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 10:02 AM
  • Jared Fogle (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.20.15

    * Jared Fogle, Subway’s former spokesman, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to sex with minors and child pornography, and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. His creative defense? Losing weight on the Subway diet made him choose to erm… “eat fresh.” Yuck. [Washington Post]

    * Biglaw firms have been announcing their new partnership classes over the past few weeks, and it goes without saying that the vast majority of new partners attended highly ranked law schools. Take a wild guess at which school was the most represented. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Per the latest report from the NALP, women and African-Americans continue to falter in their career progress at Biglaw firms. James Leipold says it’s “troubling” that the numbers are “reversing course.” We couldn’t agree more. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * UnitedHealth recently announced that it expects to suffer in terms of its insurance sales under the Affordable Care Act, and has gone so far as to threaten that it may pull out of the exchange. Here are five things you need to know about that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * One of the members of Survivor filed a copyright infringement suit against Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign after the song “Eye of the Tiger” was played during a rally held for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Now it’s stuck in your head. Welcome! [Reuters]

    39 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Justice Elena Kagan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.19.15

    * Earlier this week, Justice Elena Kagan went back to the law school she used to call her home to discuss statutory interpretation. It seems the former Harvard Law School dean fancies herself a “textualist” these days, just like her hunting buddy. Gee, thanks for that, Justice Scalia. [Harvard Crimson]

    * A recent graduate of Appalachian School of Law with an affinity for criminal law has been accused of murder after shooting his uncle’s girlfriend in the chest and killing her. He waived his preliminary hearing, and the charges he’s facing will now go straight to a grand jury. [WV MetroNews]

    * As Election 2016 inches closer, Biglaw firms are beginning to show their political stripes. Paul Weiss is holding a big old fundraiser for Hillary Clinton tonight. Look out, big spenders, because tickets for this event cost $2,700 each. [Washington Free Beacon]

    * After nearly three decades as chairman, Gary LeClair of LeClairRyan is stepping down and letting someone else take over — three someone elses, to be precise. The firm’s leadership structure is changing completely. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A senior analyst at BrownGreer was the recent victim of a carjacking. He was forced by his assailant to lead police on a chase, and was later shot in the head. He was last listed as being in critical, but stable condition. We wish him well. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

    42 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Benchslaps, Canada

    The View From Up North: Court Of Appeal Benchslaps Trial Judge

    It seems that the trial judge suffered through a herniated brain cramp while presiding over this trial.

    7 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 10:01 AM
  • kitty-genovese

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.18.15

    * Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the lateral raids of lawyers from competing law firms. Wilson Elser just poached 11 litigators from Lewis Brisbois, including the firm’s regional managing partner, who now holds the same title at his new firm. Ride ’em, cowboy! [Houston Business Journal]

    * “I think almost 50 years of paying for those crimes is enough.” Winston Moseley, the man convicted of killing Kitty Genovese in an infamous case that came to define the meaning of bystander apathy, was recently denied parole for the eighteenth time. [AP]

    * We love an underdog story: On the topic of lateral moves, it seems like Greenberg Traurig has a habit of “cherry picking” top talent from higher-ranked law firms like Davis Polk, White & Case, and McDermott Will & Emery. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * When it comes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s in-house judges, Chairman Mary Jo White says that while its court system could be “modernize[d],” it’s still a fair process — for the SEC. The house usually wins in these proceedings. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * How old is too old to be a judge? Pennsylvania voters are going to be asked this question next year when a referendum on a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution to raise the judicial retirement age from 70 to 75 hits the ballot box. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    48 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Prison sad

    Crime, Free Speech, Politics

    The Criminalization Of Politics: Is It Happening, And Is It A Problem?

    Sure, politics is an icky business — but should it be criminal?

    12 Comments / / Nov 16, 2015 at 6:55 PM
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    Crime

    Criminally Yours: The Black Hole Of Discovery

    The decision to plead guilty is often made in the dark, based on fear and a shortage of information. Why does this happen?

    6 Comments / / Nov 16, 2015 at 12:37 PM
  • Valentin Ribet

    Biglaw, Deaths

    Biglaw Associate Is First Confirmed Fatality Of The Paris Attacks

    His firm describes the 26-year-old victim as “a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office.”

    / Nov 14, 2015 at 12:05 PM
  • stat image

    Politics, Prisons, Sentencing Law

    Stats Of The Week: A Stupid Policy Is Unpopular

    A growing consensus against mandatory minimum sentencing?

    18 Comments / / Nov 13, 2015 at 4:14 PM
  • Keila Ravelo

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.13.15

    * Steven Metro, an ex-managing clerk at Simpson Thacher who was accused of passing insider info about mergers and other business transactions to his law school buddy in a $5.6 million insider trading scheme, has pleaded guilty. He faces up to 20 years in prison. [Reuters]

    * Remember Keila Ravelo, the Willkie Farr partner who allegedly stole millions from that firm and her prior firm, Hunton & Williams? It turns out her involvement in the $5.7 billion MasterCard/Visa antitrust settlement could ultimately become its kiss of death. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Chief Judge Morrison England (E.D. Cal.) says he and his colleagues are incredibly overworked, sometimes putting in more than 80 hours per week. It’s too bad it doesn’t make a difference — the court is at a “crisis point” in its backlog of cases. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Last summer, a federal judge ruled the death penalty was unconstitutional in California because an appeals process with the “slight possibility of death” was cruel and unusual. Here’s a real shocker: the Ninth Circuit overturned the decision. [New York Times]

    * Embattled Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane is well past the point of having 99 problems, but there’s no end in sight. Former prosecutors have filed suit against her, alleging she retaliated against them for exposing her alleged criminal misdeeds. [Tribune-Review]

    38 Comments / / Nov 13, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • ban comic sans

    Crime, Rank Stupidity

    Comic Sans: The Perfect Font For A Subpoena… If You’re As Dumb As This Clerk

    Welcome to Montgomery County, Texas — the town(s) that fonts forgot.

    25 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 2:29 PM
  • No, you can't take pictures in that courtroom.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.11.15

    * A person of interest in the shooting of Texas Judge Julie Kocurek has been apprehended and arrested — not for the shooting, mind you, but for a completely unrelated crime. Judge Kocurek continues her steady recovery after being seriously injured not by a bullet, but by shrapnel and glass. [Austin American-Statesman]

    * Barnes & Thornburg partner Vincent “Trace” Schmeltz may be sanctioned for tweeting pictures that he took of the evidence that was presented during a trial. He claims he didn’t see the huge sign outside the courtroom prohibiting “photographing, recording or broadcasting.” [Chicago Tribune via ABA Journal]

    * Schneiderman, Schneiderman! Bans sports-betting wherever he can! New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a cease-and-desist order against DraftKings and FanDuel, saying the daily fantasy sites constituted illegal gambling. [New York Times]

    * Dentons finally formalized its merger with Dacheng Law Offices yesterday, thus making it the official largest law firm in the world. At 6,600 lawyers strong, just think about how many scandals we’ll be able to cover in 2016. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * According to the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, more women are being welcomed into the ranks of partnership at major firms. Out of 118 firms, women made up 34.4 percent of new partner classes. Let’s celebrate that less-than-50-percent benchmark! [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Fred Auston Wortman III, the Tennessee attorney who tried to murder his estranged wife, Staci, by lacing her toothpaste with poison, and later hired an inmate to do the deed after his plan failed, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. [Commercial Appeal]

    * Here are three ways you can balance your law school applications with your college responsibilities, but to be honest, if you’re having trouble balancing these things, then perhaps you don’t belong in law school. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    62 Comments / / Nov 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM