Crime

  • Alecia and Andrew Schmuhl

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.14.15

    * Andrew and Alecia Schmuhl, the husband-and-wife lawyer duo accused of treating a law firm managing partner and his wife to a “torture session,” had a hearing this week where it was revealed that Andrew allegedly slit the managing partner’s throat. [Washington Post]

    * ‘We’re asking you to choose life. Yes, even for the Boston Marathon bomber.” Jurors began deliberating in the death penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial late yesterday afternoon. It’s worth noting that the last time someone was executed in Massachusetts was 70 years ago. [Boston Globe]

    * “Explaining these persistent gender disparities in income … has proven to be much more difficult than simply identifying them.” Per a study conducted by Harvard Law, the wage gap for women in the law has been growing since 1975. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * The deadly Amtrak derailment hit too close to home for attorneys in the Northeast who travel frequently on the Acela line. In fact, some of our best tips have come from Acela trips. Our thoughts are with those who were affected by the crash. [National Law Journal]

    * A sexy little spat: Dov Charney, the ex-CEO of American Apparel, filed a $20M defamation suit against the company, claiming that despite what employees were told, he never agreed that he’d stay away from American Apparel for good. [Los Angeles Times]

    7 Comments / / May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Die Judge Ransom Font

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.13.15

    * According to a recent survey conducted by Altman Weil, Biglaw managing partners and chairs say that overcapacity and a lack of work for their partners is putting a dent in their overall profitability. Please don’t take the easy way out here — the weather is way too nice for layoffs. [Am Law Daily]

    * Beverly Cochran, the wife of Judge Edward Najam of the Indiana Court of Appeals, was charged with obstruction and false reporting after allegedly carving “die judge” on their front door in the hope that her son-in-law would be arrested. [WBIW via ABA Journal]

    * When Harvard Law alums say their business education “was a joke,” you know you’ve got a problem. Law schools are finally coming around to the fact that their graduates don’t have a clue about business, and some of them are trying to fix that. [Bloomberg Business]

    * Nicole Eramo, UVA’s associate dean of students, has filed a $7.5 million defamation suit against Rolling Stone for tarring and feathering her in the magazine’s now discredited campus rape story. She’s also upset this “unflattering” photo was published. [CNNMoney]

    * Say aloha to admission to the University of Hawaii School of Law without an LSAT score. We figure that a few more schools will decide to try this program out since the ABA recently indicated its regrets about introducing the initiative in the first place. [KHON2]

    32 Comments / / May 13, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • Criminal That I Am

    Books, Crime, Legal Ethics

    When A Lawyer Becomes A Criminal

    A lawyer falls in love with her famous client and slips him drugs in prison. But that’s not the end of her story.

    27 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 5:22 PM
  • sexual harassment

    Books, Crime, Rape

    The Monster In The Three-Button Suit: Why You Should Worry More About Your Colleagues Than A Rapist In The Bushes

    That trusted friend in the suit is far more likely to rape you than anyone hiding in the shrubbery, as sex-crimes prosecutor turned novelist Allison Leotta explains.

    57 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Jury Duty, Trials

    Criminally Yours: Etan Patz, The Boy On The Milk Carton

    When it comes down to it, no matter how hard or soft the evidence, the jury does what it wants, and if there’s a ground swell of support for one side over the other, then that’s the opinion that usually prevails.

    24 Comments / / May 11, 2015 at 4:52 PM
  • UMass-Law-hats-540x286

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.11.15

    * UMass School of Law has a burgeoning deficit of $3.8 million, so instead of attempting to increase enrollment, the school has decided to cut its class size to 72 students. Hmm, we have a feeling those “cuts” aren’t intentional. [Boston Globe]

    * Reddit’s Ellen Pao may have lost her gender discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins, but she sure as hell doesn’t want to pay the nearly $1 million in “grossly excessive and unreasonable” court costs that the venture-capital firm has requested. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It’s no shocker that members of the T14 have the most competitive LSAT scores in the country, but you may be surprised by which two schools had the absolute lowest median LSAT scores. Hint: Cooley isn’t one of them. [Short List / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Baltimoreans will surely be pleased by this news: Officers in the Freddie Gray case filed a motion to get their charges dismissed, and have asked that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby recuse herself for her “overzealous prosecution” and conflicts of interest. [Baltimore Sun]

    * Jury selection is complete for the criminal trial of failed firm Dewey & LeBoeuf’s former top brass. “It’s a very diverse jury,” with jurors ranging from members of the unemployed to day traders. Best of luck to Joel and the Steves — they may need it. [Am Law Daily]

    * MVP? No, MVD! A UNH Law prof will teach a college course called “Deflategate: The Intersection of Sports, Law and Journalism” because a dean thought it would be a great way to use pop culture to hook undergrads on the law. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    20 Comments / / May 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • camera LF

    Crime, Legal Ethics

    Peeping Tom Attorney Can Lawyer No More

    What happens when a lawyer is a peeping Tom?

    18 Comments / / May 8, 2015 at 1:56 PM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime, Police

    Criminally Yours: The Indictment Of Cops

    There’s far too much at stake when whole cities go up in flames due to perceived police misconduct not to make sure that when police are the alleged actors, some oversight of the grand jury is exercised.

    14 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 2:33 PM
  • Goldman Sachs

    Crime, Technology

    Stupid Prosecution Devolves Into Jury Room Food Fight

    Sergey Aleynikov gets a verdict after a missing slice of avocado, a blood test, and a food poisoning conspiracy theory nearly trigger a mistrial.

    23 Comments / / May 4, 2015 at 11:40 AM
  • Floyd Mayweather (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.01.15

    * Floyd Mayweather’s lawyer says that his client will post Suge Knight’s insanely high $10 million bail if he wins his fight against Manny Pacquiao. Suge says he was “really going to pull for him to win, but now [he’s] going to have to pray for him to win.” [Los Angeles Times]

    * Northwestern University School of Law is launching a first-of-its-kind loan repayment assistance program to help grads in “modestly salaried private sector jobs” — that is, if you make less than $85,000, the school will pay your loan interest for up to a year. [National Law Journal via CBS]

    * If you haven’t heard, the class of 2014 was much more employed than the class of 2013 by a factor of a few percentage points. Apply to law school right now! (No, don’t do that. The class of 2014 was smaller, so it looks like the job stats were better.) [ABA Journal]

    * “[T]he jury is out and the only sane thing you can say about Dentons is check back in three years.” Hot on the heels of the announced merger between Dentons and McKenna Long, many lawyers are running for the exits. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’re interested in going to law school on the east coast, then you may want to take a look at this list of schools, ranked by total employment of the class of 2014. We’d shudder to see what this list would look like if only long-term, full-time jobs were used. [BostInno]

    * A lawyer who’s suing former U.S. Representative Aaron Schock on behalf of a campaign donor says he’s been unable to locate the disgraced politician to serve him. What will happen now? We bet you can find out on the next episode of Downton Abbey. [ABC News]

    0 Comments / / May 1, 2015 at 8:55 AM
  • Hillary Clinton

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.15

    * Hillary Clinton vows to end the era of mass incarceration. Just one of many things Bill Clinton left his mark on that she wishes you’d forget. [Huffington Post]

    * Protesters arrested on Monday in Baltimore weren’t even charged until today and are being held functionally without bail. Because at this point the most important industry in Baltimore is “being the setting of The Wire: The Ride.” [Gawker]

    * It’s cute when non-lawyers find out there was a person named “Learned Hand.” [io9]

    * At 10:00am tomorrow, the Constitutional Accountability Center is live-streaming a panel, “Home Stretch at the Supreme Court.” Amy Howe of SCOTUSBlog is moderating and panelists include Yaakov Roth of Jones Day, Elizabeth Wydra Chief Counsel of CAC, and Paul Smith of Jenner & Block, who incidentally argued Lawrence v. Texas. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * New York Law School has a beautiful building and have been renting out space to Rochester’s Business School to make a quick buck on the side. Now they’re going to offer joint programs with the business school, maybe their grads can find jobs in other fields. [Crain’s]

    * Chief Justice Roberts doubted the marriage equality arguments, instead championing the importance of letting legislatures decide. Like, if the Senate passes a law unanimously we should respect that intent, right? Derp. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * From Amanda Devereux: 13 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Lawyer. [Cosmopolitan]

    * Everything you need to know about videotaping the police. [Concurring Opinions]

    17 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 5:05 PM
  • orange-jumpsuit-handcuffs

    Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Jury Duty, Trials

    Dewey & LeBoeuf Criminal Trial Kicks Off With Jury Selection

    What happened when the firm’s former leadership reported to court for their upcoming trial? See how we didn’t make a “Dewey” pun? Aren’t you proud?

    21 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 3:32 PM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Crime

    Criminally Yours: How Can You Defend Those People?

    For the couple of bad apples who are truly difficult to deal with and completely unsympathetic, there’s the majority of others who you can relate to, communicate with, and feel great about helping.

    12 Comments / / Apr 27, 2015 at 1:51 PM
  • Jamyra Gallmon and David Messerschmitt

    Crime

    Latest From The DLA Piper Associate Killing — A Secret Double Life

    Unsealed court documents offer new revelations about the case.

    / Apr 27, 2015 at 10:53 AM
  • Themis statue and handcuffs

    Bail, Cellphones, Crime

    Criminally Yours: Let Them Have Cell Phones!

    It’s time to think creatively about how to get people back to court without jailing them. Jail should be reserved for the truly dangerous and for those convicted of crimes — not mostly the poor awaiting trial.

    8 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 2:30 PM
  • 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