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Acquittal of Queens Woman Who Murdered Her Husband Shows Value of Creative Effective Lawyering

OK, this blog post is not about whether Barbara Sheehan should have been convicted of murder for using two guns to shoot her husband 11 times. Her jury decided that she should be found not guilty and they did so today after being deadlocked for awhile. We can argue till we’re blue in the face […]

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Knox Verdict Overturned by Italian Appeals Court

In a stunning reversal of a conviction of Washington University student Amanda Knox, an Italian Appeals court, comprised of a jury and two judges, voted to overturn her murder conviction and immediately release her. She should be back home in Seattle very soon. If you’re not familiar with the case, I wrote about it when […]

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Litigation

Dog Helps Child Victim Testify in Court: Its Cute, Its Helpful But is it Fair?

A young girl of 15 testified against her father in a courtroom in Poughkeepsie the other day. The charges against the father was that he had forced his child to have sex with him and he impregnated her. No one can imagine the stress that the girl was dealing with in having to stare down […]

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General Litigation

Suffolk County Needs A Lesson in the First Amendment

Last week a Suffolk County Judge threw a blogger out of a criminal courtroom trial because she was blogging about events that happened in an open courtroom. The judge, James F.X. Doyle was concerned that the blogger had been posting “sensitive information” that prospective jurors had been revealing during the jury selection process. Apparently the […]

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Litigation

The Madness Of DSK Accuser’s Public Interviews

I have already written about the unusual openness and public nature of the DSK prosecution in an earlier blog post. Now the alleged victim herself has decided to publicly expose herself in a lengthy interview in Newsweek magazine,conducted at her lawyer’s office. (Note/Disclaimer: her attorney is also the same attorney who represented the accuser of […]

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General Litigation

Gov’t Seeks to Remove Lawyer From Criminal Case: A Warning to All Lawyers

Persons and corporations charged with federal offenses are wise to carefully select qualified counsel to represent them in Federal Court. Hip Hop mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond (he manages The Game, Brandy and Akon among others) did just that when he retained Jeffery Lichtman, one of NY’s most prominent and skilled Federal criminal defense lawyers. […]

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General Litigation

The Strangely Public Prosecution of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

I am amazed at the way the NY District Attorney’s Office is handling the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund accused of forcing a NYC hotel chambermaid to perform oral sex. Normally, the NY DA’s office has protected alleged victims of sexual crimes with a passion bordering on that […]

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Litigation

Supremes Cause Trouble for DWI Trials

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today ruled that the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause requires prosecutors to call the actual lab technician who did a DWI lab test on a defendant’s blood rather than just use another qualified technician to read the report prepared by the lab tech. In Bullcoming v. New Mexico the […]

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Litigation

Justice Takes a Punch to the Nose in Illinois Case

ABC-TV reports that a woman in Joliet Illinois is being charged with battery and reckless conduct for causing the death of one John “Fatboy” Powell by punching him in the face. So why is this noteworthy? Because Fatboy, who was performing at a party with his band the Krazy Killaz, was challenged that he would […]