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Constitutional Law

Cosby Reversal Not a Vindication for Him

Online commentators and graduates of Twitter law school are screaming that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s overturning of the sexual assault conviction of Bill Cosby is a blow to the #MeToo movement and an insult to the women who came forward to testify and accuse him. While it certainly must be seen by those women as […]

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Constitutional Law

SCOTUS Gives Students Big Win in 1st Am. Case

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former high school cheerleader who argued that she should not be punished by her public school for posting a profanity-laced caption on Snapchat when she was off school grounds. The case involving a Pennsylvania teenager was closely watched to see how the court would balance the free speech rights […]

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General Litigation

We’re Returning to Normal. But What If I’m Not Ready?

I was a guy in the courthouse halls you wanted to run into. I liked to chat people up; tell a joke or quick war story; ask for and give advice on a case, a judge, etc. As we are coming out of the pandemic with courts returning to live in-person appearances you would think […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

SCOTUS Decision on Juveniles is Harsh and Wrong on Many Levels

Where to begin with a discussion on SCOTUS’ 6-3 decision in Jones v. Mississippi that effectively reinstated Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP or LWOP hereafter)? Do I point out that its author Brett Kavanaugh wept crocodile tears before Congress about how mean they were to hold him accountable for actions and indiscretions he did as […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Quirky Minn. Law Comes Back to Bite Officer Chauvin’s Defense

It’s an old legal adage and one of my favorites in law that “Bad Cases Make Bad Law.” While the phrase has been interpreted a variety of ways for me its meant that cases that arise out of extreme examples or unique situations often end up creating a law either from judicial decisions or by […]

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Constitutional Law Employment Law

SCOTUS dissent is message to reverse Church/State law

The Supreme Court deciding not to hear a case is a regular occurrence. Getting SCOTUS to hear a case is exceedingly hard, and as Chief Justice, John Roberts has shrunk the Court docket to 1960s numbers. But what seems like a quiet little denial of certiorari yesterday is actually a not-so-cryptic message from the right […]

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Intellectual Property

Fed Ct. Chooses Law Over Art: Warhol Piece Was Not Fair Use of a Prince Photograph

In a major loss for the Andy Warhol Foundation, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the famed artist did not make “fair use” of celebrity photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s 1981 portrait of Prince for his own 1984 series of similar-looking images. The decision overturns one made in 2019 by the Southern District Court of […]

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Intellectual Property Litigation

SCOTUS Saves Google Billions By Finding its Copying of Oracle Software was Fair Use

The copyright case of the century Google v. Oracle has been resolved – in Google’s favor.  The SCOTUS decision was 6-2 with Barrett not voting since she was not on the bench for oral argument. VERY BRIEF AND STRIPPED DOWN VERSION OF FACTS: • 1990 – Sun Microsystems developed Java programming language critical to operation […]

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Constitutional Law Wrongful Convictions

NYC Bill Limiting Qualified Immunity Is a Big Deal

New York City’s council has passed legislation that would effectively end qualified immunity for police officers in cases of excessive force and unreasonable searches, making it easier for people to sue individual officers. So-called “qualified immunity” policies shield on-duty officers from being held personally accountable in civil rights lawsuits if their conduct does not violate […]