Prosecutorial Misconduct

  • O. Henry considers the ramifications of rain on his wedding day.

    Health Care / Medicine, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.12.14

    * Intellectual property lawyer chastised for plagiarism. Repeatedly. As they say, it’s like O. Henry and Alanis Morissette had a baby and named it this exact scenario. [Retraction Watch]

    * Legislator blocks an award to a wrongfully convicted man who served 11 years in prison because he thinks the guy should just feel lucky that he got released. His reasoning will surprise you… mostly because he doesn’t really offer any. [The Arkansas Project]

    * Mike Spivey of Spivey Consulting is racing a 5K on Vail Mountain (at an elevation of 10,000 feet) as a fundraiser for Law School Transparency. Give your donations here. [Fundrazr]

    * The family of the woman who posed for the iconic advertising character Aunt Jemima have sued alleging that the pancake peddlers screwed the model out of her duly earned money. [TMZ]

    * A mystery woman has been sitting in an Ohio jail cell for weeks after trying to use false documents to get a driver’s license. Now it turns out that she’s a disgraced lawyer that we’ve heard of before…. [WINK News]

    * The seeds of Halbig were sown a really long time ago. It’s a wonderful window into how a cynical gang of people make their plans. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Our friends from Aukland Law School that have given us parody videos of Royals and Blurred Lines have tackled House of Cards and adapted it to making your way into Biglaw. If you were wondering what a New Zealand accent impersonating Kevin Spacey impersonating a Southern accent would sound like, the video is after the jump…. [YouTube]

    5 Comments / / Aug 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM
  • money pocketed by man in suit 2

    Legal Ethics, U.S. Attorneys Offices, White-Collar Crime

    Did An AUSA Knowingly Produce a Forged Document Just to Get a Forfeiture Judgment?

    A “reproduction” is the same as “just making up stuff on a home computer,” right?

    8 Comments / / Jul 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM
  • "Hold that thought... I have to go call a guy."

    Baseball, Crime, Food, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.25.14

    * The legal price of adultery has apparently gone down. That’s good news if you’re trying to keep your motorcycle. [Verdict]

    * The title is “Apply to Law School Now!” No. Seriously, don’t. [Slate]

    * Professor David Bernstein says of Gawker: “So you can see how the headline is false on multiple levels but it certainly provides clickbait for Gawker.” The initial story Bernstein wrote kicking this off was: “YOU are a rapist; yes, YOU!” But, yeah all caps and exclamation points is in NO WAY click-baiting (oh, and it was also hyperbole on many levels). [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Barry Scheck was brought on as an expert to review the conviction that formed the subject of Capturing the Friedmans (affiliate link). Let’s just say he’s brought a different angle to it than the D.A.’s internal review. [WiseLaw NY]

    * Federal judge nixes the infamous “no-fly list” for denying due process. Looks like a certain judge is going to have a hard time leaving PDX next time. [The Oregonian]

    * If you’ve long feared injury from flying foodstuffs at baseball games, worry no more. [ABA Journal]

    * Gifts for the Homeless is hosting a Battle of the Law Firm Bands in Washington, D.C. tomorrow. Be there or be square. [Crowdrise]

    16 Comments / / Jun 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
  • Love_guru

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.29.14

    * A court in India has been asked to decide if a Hindu guru is dead or in a really, really deep meditation. In related news, Mike Myers is arguing to studios that The Love Guru was just “deeply meditating” at the box office. [The Telegraph]

    * Patton Boggs, or Squire Patton Boggs more accurately, is losing its health care policy group to Akin Gump. Remember when Patton Boggs had lobbyists? [Legal Times]

    * Take the “doctor” out of Juris Doctor and make law an Associate’s Degree. Sound crazy? Well, there are some good points in this quasi-satirical look. [The Legal Watchdog]

    * A crocodile was injured by an overweight accountant. That is all. [TaxProf Blog]

    * We’ve written before about the ongoing effort in Dallas to overturn wrongful convictions, but now that model is starting to pick up steam and reach other cities. [Christian Science Monitor]

    * Aspiring writers: don’t miss the AAWW Publishing Conference, taking place in New York on Sunday, June 8 (discount code for ATL readers: “aawwfriends”). [Asian American Writers Workshop]

    1 Comment / / May 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • perjury lying fingers crossed RF

  • lawyers fighting fight club

    3rd Circuit, Deaths, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Federal Judges, Immigration, Judicial Nominations, Law Professors, Law Schools, Minority Issues, Morning Docket, Racism, SCOTUS, Securities Law, Supreme Court, Video games, Violence

    Morning Docket: 03.06.14

    * Foreclosure attorney Bruce Richardson alleges that Hogan Lovells partner David Dunn hit him with a briefcase in front of a court officer. That’s how they roll in state court. (Expect more on this later.) [New York Daily News; New York Post]

    * From cop killer to nomination killer: Mumia’s the word that stopped Debo Adegbile’s nomination to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. [Washington Post]

    * In happier nomination news, congratulations to former Breyer clerk Vince Chhabria, as well as to Beth Freeman and James Donato, on getting confirmed to the federal bench for the Northern District of California. [San Francisco Chronicle]

    * It’s been a good week for amicus briefs. Congrats to Professors Adam Pritchard and Todd Henderson for getting the attention — and perhaps the votes — of several SCOTUS justices. [New York Times]

    * How a Cornell law student got her father to foot the bill for half of her pricey legal education. [ATL Redline]

    * As I predicted, the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in United States v. Maloney didn’t sweep the alleged prosecutorial misconduct under the rug by granting the government motion without comment. [The Atlantic]

    * RACEISM™ alert: federal prosecutors allege that deputies to a North Carolina sheriff accused of racial profiling of Latinos shared links to a violent and racist video game. [Raleigh News & Observer]

    * Speaking of mistreatment of Latinos, a recent Third Circuit decision spells good news for some immigrant communities. [Allentown Morning Call]

    * Sarah Tran, the law professor who taught class from her hospital bed, RIP. [Give Forward]

    4 Comments / / Mar 6, 2014 at 9:35 AM
  • Who says she's not a career woman? This is 'Biglaw partner leaving Ken for her paralegal Barbie.'

    Biglaw, Clerkships, Contract Attorneys, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, Richard Posner, Sex, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court, Tax Law, Technology, Tony Mauro, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.19.14

    * With the impossible body ideal of Barbie gracing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover, perhaps we should consider the positives that Barbie has contributed to women over the years. Missing is the rare, vacuous “math class is tough” Barbie. [The Careerist]

    * A five-year-old writes the cutest response to the IRS. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Professor busted for taking upskirt pics. His defense? How else was he going to prove the girls weren’t wearing underwear? Touché. Touché. [The Smoking Gun]

    * The reasons to quit your Biglaw job. Now in listicle form! [Buzzfeed]

    * The Supreme Court has a chance to take a stand against prosecutorial misconduct. Will they take it? [The Atlantic]

    * If you’re violating your probation, be sure to videotape it and post it on YouTube. There’s no way your probation officer will see it. [IT-Lex]

    * More insight into the world of contracting and America’s emerging economic model. [Law and More]

    * On April 11-12, 2014, the Marquette University Law School will hold a symposium entitled “Judicial Assistants or Junior Judges: the Hiring, Utilization and Influence of Law Clerks.” Our own David Lat will be there, along with such luminaries as Judge Posner, Judge Sykes, Joan Biskupic, and Tony Mauro. [Marquette University Law School]

    0 Comments / / Feb 19, 2014 at 5:57 PM
  • Passing the buck

    Alex Kozinski, Crime, Texas, Trials

    Instances Of Known Prosecutor FAILS Are On The Rise

    Prosecutors should be embarrassed by these numbers.

    10 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 6:10 PM
  • Elizabeth Wurtzel

    Alex Kozinski, Books, California, Elizabeth Wurtzel, Job Searches, Lawyer Advertising, Non-Sequiturs, Sonia Sotomayor, Student Loans, Videos, YouTube

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.04.14

    * Elizabeth Wurtzel: “I am a lawyer. The first rule of law: All the promises will be broken. Attorneys could not be in business if people did not fail to do what they agreed to do all the time — and lawyers are very busy.” [Nerve.com]

    * Laura Ingraham clerked for SCOTUS, so presumably she knows that Puerto Ricans are American citizens. [Media Matters]

    * Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, known for zero tolerance of prosecutorial misconduct, has written the foreword to a new book on the subject. [Facebook]

    * In addition to the one we mentioned yesterday, here’s another petition for the Obama Administration that’s aimed at addressing the student debt crisis. [WhiteHouse.gov]

    * Thomson Reuters Concourse keeps getting bigger and better. [Thomson Reuters]

    * Appellate law? In California? What’s not to like? Check out these job openings in the California SG’s office. [California Department of Justice; California Department of Justice]

    * Want to know the backstory behind the awesome Jamie Casino Super Bowl ad? Keep reading….

    Georgia personal injury lawyer Jamie Casino spoke with Mike Sacks of HuffPost Live about the lawyer ad heard around the world. What kind of reactions has Casino been getting to the ad? Is the kid in the video really his son? And does Jamie Casino harbor any Hollywood ambitions? Watch the video to find out.

    5 Comments / / Feb 4, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • benchslap-RF

    9th Circuit, Alex Kozinski, Benchslaps, Harry Pregerson, Kim McLane Wardlaw, Trials, Videos

    Who Wants To Watch a Prosecutor Get Benchslapped En Banc?

    Another question: Why don’t we have a Chief Judge Kozinski and Judge Pregerson buddy comedy?

    30 Comments / / Sep 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM
  • legally blonde RF

    Celebrities, Drinking, DUI / DWI, Texas

    Legally Blonde: A Potpourri of Disorderly Conduct Claims

    What would Elle Woods have to say about these legally blonde antics?

    13 Comments / / Apr 22, 2013 at 1:04 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….

    24 Comments / / Mar 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM
  • Sonia Sotomayor RF Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, Drugs, Minority Issues, Racism, SCOTUS, Screw-Ups, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Texas, Trials, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Benchslap of the Day: Justice Sotomayor Thinks You Should Turn Off Your Racist Light Bulb

    Justice Sotomayor is generally very nice, but don’t get her angry. A federal prosecutor in Texas who made improper, racially charged remarks during a trial learned this the hard way.

    24 Comments / / Feb 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM
  • ambulance

    Crime, Drinking, Violence

    You Hit An EMT? Yeah You Know Me!

    A Brooklyn prosecutor has been accused of assaulting an EMT. What might have provoked the alleged attack? Here is one theory.

    12 Comments / / Nov 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
  • teeth-bared

    Attorney Misconduct, Crime, Drinking, Litigatrix, Violence

    ‘Apparently Intoxicated’ Prosecutor Allegedly Takes a Literal Bite Out of Crime at an Adult Store

    The hangover is going to be that much worse for a prosecutor who has become the prosecutee…

    69 Comments / / Sep 26, 2012 at 3:09 PM
  • 9th Circuit, Benchslaps, Department of Justice, Federal Government, Federal Judges, U.S. Attorneys Offices

    Benchslap of the Day: Say My Name, Say My Name

    Judge Carlos Bea is one of Lat’s favorite members of the Ninth Circuit. He’s refreshingly conservative, on a famously (or infamously) liberal court. He has a fascinating personal history, and he tools about town in a vintage Rolls-Royce (which, rumor has it, he received as payment for legal work before he took the bench). Well, it looks like one assistant U.S. attorney has some expensive tire marks on his back. Check out the epic benchslap that Judge Bea just dished out — not just to the poor prosecutor, but to the United States Department of Justice….

    34 Comments / / Feb 16, 2012 at 6:18 PM
  • Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, California, Department of Justice, Federal Judges, Legal Ethics, Quote of the Day, Screw-Ups, U.S. Attorneys Offices, White-Collar Crime

    Benchslap of the Day: What Not To Do If You’re A Prosecutor

    [T]his Court is compelled to find that the Government team allowed a key FBI agent to testify untruthfully before the grand jury, inserted material falsehoods into affidavits submitted to magistrate judges in support of applications for search warrants and seizure warrants, improperly reviewed e-mail communications between one Defendant and her lawyer, recklessly failed to comply […]

    9 Comments / / Dec 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM