Crime

  • plaintiffs lawyer 2 trial lawyer jury trial

    Books, Jury Duty, Trials

    Defending The Jury: An Interview With Laura Appleman

    How can we improve the American criminal justice system by strengthening the community’s role in the process?

    9 Comments / / Apr 16, 2015 at 4:01 PM
  • Judge Holding Documents

    Environment / Environmental Law, Quote of the Day

    Federal Judge Doesn’t Trust Southern Lawyers

    A judge delays sentencing in an environmental case. But not before quoting a Golden Oldie.

    5 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 2:17 PM
  • Muslim rebel

    Crime, Romance and Dating

    Lawyer: My Client Not A REAL Terrorist, Was Just Trying To Get Laid

    Confined terrorist suspect was just trying to get some fly women out of their religious coverings…

    1 Comment / / Apr 15, 2015 at 1:40 PM
  • Dean Michael Schill

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.15.15

    * Sorry, Chicago Law, but it looks like you’re going to lose your dean. Michael Schill, the school’s departing dean, will leave to assume the presidency at the University of Oregon. It’s an upgrade for UO, and a potential downgrade for UChiLaw. Yikes… [Willamette Week]

    * FYI, D.C. Circuit litigants, you really need to “avoid using acronyms that are not widely known.” This is your second warning, your colleagues have already been benchslapped for this behavior, and the clerk’s office literally can’t even anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * After six months spent completing a domestic violence program, the battery charge against Judge Mark Fuller has been dropped and expunged from his record. Whether he’ll be allowed to keep his job on the federal bench is another story entirely. [Reuters]

    * Your law school application is a great place to explain why your undergraduate GPA is so damn low, because at this point in the process, the law school of your choice may be happy that you actually have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Theo Shaw, a member of the “Jena Six” who had to spend 7 months in jail because he couldn’t afford bail for his alleged participation in a gang-beating, is going to law school on a full ride. He’s “profoundly grateful” to Washington Law. Congrats! [Business Insider]

    20 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Emily Cohen (from her Facebook page)

    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Lawyer Becomes Fugitive From Justice

    Lawyer facing upwards of six years in jail skipped out on sentencing and is now a fugitive.

    31 Comments / / Apr 14, 2015 at 2:12 PM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Police, Videos

    Criminally Yours: Videotaping Crime Is Not Enough

    In our system of checks and balances, the prosecutors are the first line of defense for all of our rights. This is why they need more more healthy skepticism toward the police officers they work with.

    9 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • Nelly

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.13.15

    * It’s gettin’ hot in herre, so take off all your clothes. Nelly’s gettin’ so hot, he wanna take his clothes off — for his jailhouse strip search? The rapper was arrested in Tennessee this weekend for felony and simple possession of a potpourri of drugs on his tour bus. [CNN]

    * “It usually takes much longer for a position to become so disreputable that no respectable lawyer will touch it.” If you haven’t noticed, Biglaw firms don’t want to touch the SCOTUS gay marriage arguments with a 10-foot pole. [New York Times]

    * “I think we’re going to see a 10,000-lawyer law firm within five years.” In case it’s not entirely obvious by now, Dentons is trying to become the largest firm in the universe, with “no logical end” in sight to its lawyer hoarding ways. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * “[T]his one has me bumfuzzled.” Like other legal experts, this law prof isn’t sure how to tackle Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s lawsuit to preserve her power, but he does win the award for best usage of “bumfuzzled.” [Lacrosse Tribune]

    * Yikes! Pennsylvania State Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently found herself embroiled in scandal after two of her offices were searched and she was ordered to explain to a three-judge panel her reasoning for firing one of her prosecutors. [Morning Call]

    29 Comments / / Apr 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • Gun 2nd amendment

    Courthouses, Guns / Firearms

    Gunman Shoots Up Courthouse, Killing His Former Lawyer And A Judge

    Another shooting highlights the security risks of courthouses.

    24 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 3:10 PM
  • prison prisoner jail convicted criminal

    Crime

    Oklahoma Defines ‘Juvenile’ By When Defendant Charged, Not When Act Committed

    Shoddy police work and lazy prosecutors now hold more sway over juvenile status than being a juvenile.

    31 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 2:00 PM
  • 640px-MotherTeresa_094

    Crime

    Game Perfectly Sums Up Everything Wrong With Prosecutors

    What they do for fun tells you a lot about what’s broken in America.

    25 Comments / / Apr 9, 2015 at 11:09 AM
  • Jamyra Gallmon and David Messerschmitt

    Biglaw, Crime

    A Second Arrest In The DLA Piper Associate Slaying

    Another arrest announcement suggests an accomplice in the killing of David Messerschmitt.

    / Apr 8, 2015 at 5:18 PM
  • St_Louis_Rams

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.08.15

    * SLU Law clinic threatens to sue the city of St. Louis if they try and shell out public dollars to keep the Rams in town. I’d sue if I had to watch the Rams every week too. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * How many law school applicants do we expect for the Fall? [The Faculty Lounge]

    * DMX’s lawyer says his client didn’t just up and rob a dude at gunpoint. Which is obviously true, because X Gonna Give It To Ya, not take it from ya. [Design & Trend]

    * The TL;DR here is that Elizabeth Wurtzel wants to be noticed. Double f**king newsflash. [Jezebel]

    * A spirited debate on where the FISA court went wrong. The crux of the argument is [REDACTED]. [Lawfare]

    * We’re not above telling the good stories from time to time. Like this kid who went from homeless to NYU Law grad. [Patch]

    * Lawyer suspended for sexual conduct with a 17-year-old and blogging. Thankfully, not blogging about the sex. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * Jeopardy! gets a legal response when it wanted a science answer. [YouTube]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-B-BFQwng

    Frankly, the question (answer?) is kind of bulls**t. Consent is something that gets legislated and I’ve seen Game of Thrones — those ages sound about right for that world. On the other hand, puberty is something that just happens. Unless you’re a gymnast.

    16 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 5:02 PM
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

  • law_school LF

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.08.15

    * “Take it from me, dealing with the complex criminal legal system can be difficult and intimidating for most people.” This ex-Troutman Sanders partner may be facing nine felony charges, but who cares? He’s starting his own firm. [Am Law Daily]

    * It’s kind of cute when law school deans lie to themselves to make themselves feel better. For example, the dean of Oregon Law says now is “excellent” time go to go law school, and he doesn’t make decisions “based on what moves the rankings needle.” [Daily Emerald]

    * Per the latest Altman Weil survey, the first quarter of 2015 was one of the best ever for law firm mergers. The pace with which law firms merged was the second-quickest since the company started tracking mergers to begin with in 2007. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * The Rutgers Board of Governors has approved of the proposed merger between Rutgers-Newark and Rutgers-Camden Law. Now they just have to wait for the ABA’s rubber stamp, which they’ll obviously get — the ABA would rubber stamp a shoe. [NJ Advance Media]

    * “[T]he law is a noble profession – but it’s also an oversubscribed one, due in large part to excessive federal lending.” Maybe if the government stopped handing out student loans like candy, law schools would be forced to lower their tuition rates. [Washington Post]

    * The University of Virginia’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi is definitely going to try to sue Rolling Stone over its fraternity gang-rape story, but the question is whether “bad journalism [will] amount to legal liability.” What do you think about this? [WSJ Law Blog]

    89 Comments / / Apr 8, 2015 at 8:57 AM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Trials

    Criminally Yours: The Boston Bombing And Etan Patz — Should The Defendants Testify?

    The conventional wisdom among defense attorneys is don’t put your client on the stand if there’s already reasonable doubt without him.

    20 Comments / / Apr 6, 2015 at 11:59 AM
  • Jamyra Gallmon and David Messerschmitt

    Biglaw, Crime, Deaths, Violence

    Additional Details Emerge In DLA Piper Associate’s Killing

    What did suspect Jamyra Gallmon allegedly tell the police?

    / Apr 2, 2015 at 5:34 PM
  • Bob McCulloch

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.02.15

    * “He said what he wanted people to hear and he didn’t fully answer questions.” St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch of Ferguson infamy spoke at Missouri Law yesterday. We understand there was some sort of an “incident” with the SBA as well. We may have more on this later. [KBIA]

    * “Don’t panic; you’re bound to get something eventually.” California had some of the worst employment statistics for law graduates after the recession. If you’re a member of the Lost Generation, these stories may resonate with you. [California Lawyer]

    * New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez was federally indicted on corruption charges yesterday for allegedly accepting more than $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for political favors. Way to do Jersey lawyers proud. [AP]

    * Jury selection begins on April 27 for the criminal trial against the former members of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s top brass. The prosecution dropped three counts, but Joel Sanders and the Steves must still defend themselves against 100 others. Yikes! [New York Law Journal]

    * Gordon Smith, one of the writers for Better Call Saul, doesn’t think the show’s portrayal of lawyer life will inspire young people to “run out to become attorneys.” After all, Jimmy McGill’s home and office haven’t exactly been depicted as “glamorous.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    14 Comments / / Apr 2, 2015 at 9:07 AM
  • David Messerschmitt

    Biglaw, Crime

    Arrest Made In DLA Piper Associate’s Killing

    Breaking news: An arrest in the David Messerschmitt case.

    / Apr 1, 2015 at 7:10 PM