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SCOTUS Overrules Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts But Were Stare Decisis and Abortion Also on Trial?

Back in August 2019 I wrote about Calvin Duncan, a jailhouse lawyer with only a 10th grade education who got the Supreme Court of the United States to look at the issue of non-unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases, a procedure permitted in only two states: Louisiana and Oregon. (see https://courtroomstrategy.com/2019/08/power-of-persistence-jailhouse-lawyer-takes-case-to-scotus/ ) Well in October […]

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Criminal Law

How to Fix a Drug Scandal? Netflix Answers: Good Lawyering

The four-episode Netflix series, How to Fix a Drug Scandal (HFDS) was released on Netflix on Wednesday. It comes from filmmaker Erin Lee Carr (also known for HBO’s 2019 amazing documentary¬†At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, as well as other compelling documentaries like I Love You Now Die and Mommie Dead […]

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Criminal Law

Avenatti Convicted of Extorting Nike. Lessons to Be Learned.

Michael Avenatti – remember him? He was the lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels, the porn star, in a lawsuit against President Trump. Well hours ago he was was found guilty of trying to extort sneaker giant Nike out of $25 Million. A New York federal¬†jury found Avenatti guilty on three counts, including extortion, wire fraud […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Power of Persistence: “Jailhouse Lawyer” Takes Case to SCOTUS

Only two States in the country, Louisiana and Oregon, allow for non-unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. One man – Calvin Duncan – has been fighting it in his home State of Louisiana for over 20 years. Duncan does not have a law degree. In fact he only had a 10th grade education when he was […]

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With “I Love You Now Die” Erin Lee Carr and HBO Bring Something You Rarely See in True Crime Docs: Good Lawyering!

For those of you unfamiliar with the Michelle Carter case or the HBO documentary “I Love You Now Die” about the case, let me set out HBO’s description of the case for you to catch up [SPOILERS ALERT!!]: “In July 2014, 18-year-old Conrad Roy died by suicide in his car at a parking lot in […]

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Criminal Law General

Why Mina Malik Should Be Queens DA

This blog post is a bit of a detour from the normal scope of the website. But even though I am not a Queens resident, the race for Queens County DA is too important for me to not to put in my two cents: I would vote for Mina Malik if I could. Why?: (1) […]

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In its treatment of Ronald Sullivan, Harvard Chooses Political Correctness Over the US Constitution

Harvard University said this week that Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., a law professor who has represented disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein would not continue as faculty dean of Winthrop House, an undergraduate house after his term ends on June 30, cowing to months of pressure from students. The professor, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., and his […]

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Criminal Law Entertainment Law

Lawyering vs. Extortion

Lawyer Michael Avenatti has enjoyed some time in the spotlight. As the one-time lawyer for Stormy Daniels, one of President Trump’s mistresses, Avenatti quickly became the darling of the cable news circuit. Quick on his feet with a sharp wit, he would bounce from show to show and dominated the news cycle for months and […]

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Time for NY to Pass Criminal Discovery Reform

Most people think of New York State as a bastion of liberalism and being “soft-on-crime.” In fact, New York has one of the worst sets of rules when it comes to providing discovery to people accused of crimes. An organization I am affiliated with called It Can Happen to You (ITCHY) which traditionally has supported […]