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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┬ájury 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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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

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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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

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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Constitutional Law Criminal Law General

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 […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

NY Child Victims Act is Well-Intentioned but is Bad Criminal Justice Policy

OK I’m ready for the negative comments and hate e-mails. After all who could be against a law that gives more rights to victims of child sexual abuse? I mean besides the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America for their obvious reasons of self-preservation. Well, how about someone who has seen how the […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Wrongful Convictions

Three Sotomayor Dissents on Death Penalty Cases Are the Voice of Reason on the Issue

I am opposed to the death penalty. While my opposition principally comes from my work in wrongful conviction cases, my opposition is to the death penalty in all cases – even where the evidence of guilt is overwhelming or where the details of the crime are horrific and gruesome. I just feel it is a […]