In the more than 20 years since Mary Beth Whitehead sued for the return of Baby M, the child she carried as a surrogate for William and Elizabeth Stern, the science of reproduction has expanded dramatically and with it new and difficult legal challenges perhaps unforeseen by the parties involved and their lawyers are emerging.… Continue reading New Forms of Surrogacy May Cause Legal Nightmares
The Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee this week issued an opinion that judges should not “friend” lawyers who appear before them on Facebook. The Committee stated that doing so “reasonably conveys to others the impression that these lawyer ‘friends’ are in a special position to influence the judge.” All states have rules that require judges… Continue reading Fla: Judges Should not “Friend” Lawyers on Facebook
Amanda Knox, a 20 year old Dean’s List Student from the University of Washington studying abroad for a year in Perugia Italy, has been convicted of murder and related charges in connection with the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student from Leeds University. The evidence against her? That during a 30… Continue reading Italian “Jury” Convicts American Student of Murder in a Tale of Sex and Drugs – All that was Missing Was Evidence!
As soon as the inevitable fourth hung jury rendered its verdict, reporters asked the US Attorney’s Office if there would be a fifth re-trial of Junior Gotti. The government responded with its usual stock response “No determination has been made yet.” Well it should be crystal clear that the fifth trial should never take place… Continue reading Giving up Gotti – Why Feds Need to Let Junior Go
One of the most unusual cases of the year is on trial in Federal Court in Brooklyn where Hal Turner, a New Jersey blogger, is accused of using his blogs to incite assault and murder against three Chicago Federal judges. The case was transferred to Brooklyn from Chicago to avoid any conflicts of interest. Turner’s… Continue reading “I was an Undercover Blogger for the FBI”
So much needless attention has been directed to the couple who crashed the President’s first State Dinner that there is only one solution: Arrest them immediately. Two US senators have finally stepped forward to make this pronouncement: WASHINGTON – Two senators said Sunday that authorities should pursue criminal charges against the Virginia couple who… Continue reading White House Party Crashers Must be Arrested
The New York Law Journal reported today that the Court of Appeals,(NY’s highest court), has been accepting more criminal cases for argument than it has in the past twenty years. This increase in opening the court up to criminal defendants was encouraged by and attributed to the Court’s new chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. This is… Continue reading NY Court of Appeals Hearing More Criminal Cases under Judge Lippman
The criminilization of civil wrongs continues in the arrest of James Roppo. Roppo was the Island Records executive in charge of an appearance for some tweenie singer I never heard of, named Justin Bieber. More fans show up than were anticipated at the Long Island mall where the appearance was set up for. Around 3,000… Continue reading Record Executive Arrested Nassau County for Not Tweeting!
So why did I decide to start a blog with so many legal blogs (“blawgs) out there? Well, many of the other blogs are about very specific legal fields or are just spaces for lawyers to rant about things that tick them off. While some of my posts may be in that genre, I intend… Continue reading What’s the blog about?