Crime

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    Crime, Rape

    Criminally Yours: When Rape Is Tolerated

    When is a crime so serious that in spite of political expediency and local customs, it’s time to upbraid your allies and force some change?

    62 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 11:48 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.28.15

    * Jurors in the criminal trial for former leaders of Dewey & LeBoeuf have reviewed evidence for a full week already, and will return to court today for their eighth day of deliberations. At least the defendants will be able to keep killing time on Candy Crush. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A federal judge denied the UFC’s motion to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit that was filed against it by current and former fighters over the organization’s monopolization of the MMA industry. It’s time to bring in an armbar submission artist to stop the UFC for good. [ESPN]

    * “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn.” Hot on the heels of his surprise resignation, House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to avoid a government shutdown and pass some legislation before his time is up. Well, it’s good to have goals. [Reuters]

    * Volkswagen can expect nothing less than a “tsunami” of lawsuits and legal proceedings thanks to its emissions scandal. On the bright side, Kirkland & Ellis is going to be able to reap the rewards of thousands of billable hours. [Chicago Tribune; Automotive News]

    * TV staffers who worked on “The Following” and “The Blacklist” filed suit against production companies Warner Brothers, NBC, and Sony, alleging they were forced to work 24 hours straight — and pee in bottles — without being paid overtime. [New York Post]

    22 Comments / / Sep 28, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Damn you, bar exam!

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.25.15

    * Why are so many law grads failing the bar exam? Law profs, a law dean, and a Biglaw recruiting specialist all have answers to this question… and only some of them come close to being satisfactory. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * Jurors in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial have deliberated for five days thus far, and seem to be no closer to coming to a verdict than when they first started. They’re quibbling over thesaurus entries for the word “fake” (i.e., “fake income”). [Am Law Daily]

    * Thanks to the OnRamp Fellowship, more women lawyers are making a reentry into the legal profession through Biglaw firms than ever before. Participating firms now include Skadden Arps and MoFo, amongst others. Congrats! [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Law school enrollment may be stagnant across the country, but at Colorado Law, it’s booming. The size of the school’s incoming class is 22 percent larger than last year’s was. What can we say other than students were sTOKEd to get in. [Boulder Daily Camera]

    * If you’re ever fired from your job, charged with insider trading, and the SEC wants access to your work phone, take heart in the fact that your personal passcode is just that — personal. The SEC can’t treat it as a business record thanks to this ruling. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Richard Cudahy Sr., longtime Seventh Circuit judge, RIP. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

    39 Comments / / Sep 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    White-Collar Crime

    Schadenfreude is Bad Public Policy

    If prison is a bad option for so many people, why is there a call for throwing more executives in prison.

    36 Comments / / Sep 24, 2015 at 10:41 AM
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    Crime, Student Loans

    Lawyer Charged With Soliciting A Bribe… To Pay Off Student Loans

    Student debt can make people do some crazy things. Can it also make people do some criminal things?

    26 Comments / / Sep 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM
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    Crime

    This Is Not At All How To Do Your Job

    Working at a law firm can be tough, but would you take this shortcut?

    25 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 5:27 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.22.15

    * In case you missed it, on top of her perjury and obstruction charges, Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane’s license to practice law was suspended. As a law professor attempting to make a sick burn noted, “She may be at this point our paralegal general.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Tracy Morgan made an appearance at The Emmys on Sunday night that earned him a standing ovation, but David Jay Glassman, the attorney representing the Walmart truck driver who hit the comedian’s car last summer, wasn’t applauding. Hmm, perhaps his wife suddenly got pregnant? [The Wrap via Yahoo!]

    * If the former leaders of failed firm D&L are convicted this week, we seriously hope that they’re not so disillusioned as to believe they’ll be shipped to a “Club Fed” facility. How long Dewey think these Biglaw alums will last at a place like Rikers? [Am Law Daily]

    * New Biglaw associates at some firms are being treated to a second college experience filled with orientation programs, resident advisers, summer reading, and even parties. (At least they get to drink champagne, not Franzia.) [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * The president of UMass says its law school will be fully accredited by the American Bar Association within one year’s time. Given that everyone gets a turn when it comes to ABA accreditation, this is one low-expectation-having educator. [Boston Business Journal]

    59 Comments / / Sep 22, 2015 at 8:58 AM
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    Crime, Police

    Criminally Yours: Lying To Get To The Truth

    Why would someone ever admit to a crime he didn’t commit? How could anyone be so naive or stupid? But not only does it happen, it happens more frequently than you would imagine. Why?

    26 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 2:15 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.21.15

    * Somewhere in Florida, Casey Anthony can rest a little easier knowing that Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman she falsely implicated in the kidnapping and death of her already deceased child, just had her defamation suit thrown out. [WKMG]

    * Better late than never? The Judicial Conference finally decided impeachment is warranted for Judge Mark E. Fuller, who recently resigned from his position on the Middle District of Alabama’s bench in the wake of his “reprehensible” domestic violence scandal last summer. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * In case you were wondering which Biglaw firms were reaping financial rewards in the race to represent clients in space, Squire Patton Boggs and K&L Gates have both performed at least six figures of work from their mission control centers. [Am Law Daily]

    * Thomas Rubino, a paralegal at Manhattan firm Paris & Chaikin, allegedly forged the names of 76 judges on fake orders to make his life easier at work. Now that he’s facing 234 counts of forgery, something tells us his life is going to be more difficult. [New York Post]

    * Lindsay Lohan’s defamation case against Fox News over comments made on The Sean Hannity Show that she did coke with her mother was dismissed because as Justice Wright noted, “truth is a defense.” He clearly didn’t think LiLo’s claims were fetch. [MSN News]

    41 Comments / / Sep 21, 2015 at 9:06 AM
  • UrsulaTheLittleMermaid

    Crime, Movies

    The People v. Disney Villains

    Sure, we are used to thinking of Disney villains as in the wrong, but what if they aren’t?

    36 Comments / / Sep 17, 2015 at 3:16 PM
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    Marijuana, Murder

    Law Grad Allegedly Murdered Fellow Classmate In Drug Deal Gone Bad

    Both law school graduates were apparently “in the game” of selling marijuana.

    / Sep 17, 2015 at 10:03 AM
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    Biglaw, Crime

    Dewey Know How Closing Arguments Ended?

    The Dewey & LeBoeuf trial is about to go to the jury, but not before a parting shot.

    21 Comments / / Sep 16, 2015 at 3:30 PM
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    Crime

    Man Finds Practicing Law (Without A License) Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

    Would you trust this man’s legal advice? You probably shouldn’t.

    33 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 5:27 PM
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    Crime

    Dennis Quaid Helps John Oliver Rewrite Miranda Warnings

    The Public Defender system is so screwed up it’s not funny, but John Oliver tries.

    0 Comments / / Sep 14, 2015 at 12:17 PM
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    White-Collar Crime

    An AUSA Would Like His Time To Be Worth More Than Ted Olson’s; Or, DOJ’s New Appellate Threat So It Can Avoid Work

    Spending any time actually “lawyering” should demand a high price for federal prosecutors.

    30 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 9:59 AM
  • Michelle Carter

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.10.15

    * “We saw the light at the end of the tunnel, and she just blew that tunnel up.” Massachusetts teen Michelle Carter was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend after she texted him numerous times, encouraging him to kill himself. If you haven’t seen them, her messages are chilling. [Associated Press]

    * “If you are a lawyer thinking about having sex with your client, you better think first.” Go ahead, argue that your client’s 30-day suspension from practice was “just” because the woman kept coming back for more. Maybe your judge won’t be as sarcastic. [Knoxville News Sentinel]

    * If you’re starting law school, you probably haven’t heard about the biggest law firm bankruptcy in history, and you likely don’t know what the Dewey & LeBoeuf criminal trial is about. Here’s a listicle of reasons to doubt the prosecution’s case. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Biglaw firms are rethinking their office space at the same time as they’re building up their posh amenities. At the end of the day, associates may be forced to move to cubicles, but it’s all for the clients’ benefit, so hooray for them. *golf claps* [Commercial Observer]

    * Our congratulations go out to Alicia Ouellette, Albany Law School’s newest president and dean. We’re certainly hopeful that she’ll be able to handle the tenuous employment situation with the school’s tenured faculty better than her predecessor did. [Times Union]

    70 Comments / / Sep 10, 2015 at 9:09 AM
  • Kim Davis (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 09.09.15

    * Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed over her refusal to give marriage licenses to gay couples, was released by order of Judge David Bunning — with a warning not to interfere with her deputy clerks’ duties. Hmm, yeah, she’s totally going back to jail. [New York Times]

    * The law school applicant pool is still dwindling after all these years, so it’s interesting to see which schools are offering students the biggest bribes scholarships and grants (some of which may later disappear) so they can fill the seats in their classes with asses. [Bloomberg via PreLaw]

    * This Montana Law professor claims that he was forced to retire from his teaching position early due to the school’s ongoing budget cuts: “I am the first full-time member of the law faculty upon whom the ax has fallen.” We’ll have more on this later. [Missoulian]

    * Hmm, what Dewey know about the standard of evidence for conviction in the D&L fraud trial? “Woulda, coulda, shoulda is fine for cocktail party conversation. In this courtroom and in any courtroom, the proof must be beyond a reasonable doubt.” [Reuters]

    * Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, who received an LL.M. in taxation from NYU School of Law, is making a $20 million donation to the school, its largest gift ever. We wonder how much he’s giving to his alma mater, Wayne State Law. [WSJ Law Blog]

    60 Comments / / Sep 9, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Thomas R. McCarthy, Jr.

    Crime

    Lawyer Turned Teacher Has Read Too Much Penthouse

    The “naughty schoolgirl” is a popular sexual fantasy, but PEOPLE it’s got to be consensual. Otherwise it is a crime.

    41 Comments / / Sep 8, 2015 at 2:49 PM