Speaking to the Feds is Always Dangerous and to Be Avoided if Possible

Admiral Akbar knows what's up

Rumors are swirling that President Trump’s personal lawyers are suggesting to him that he not voluntarily meet with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to answer questions in Mueller’s Russia probe. Of course they are and they well should tell him to not go gently into that good night. As any good criminal defense lawyer who has… Continue reading Speaking to the Feds is Always Dangerous and to Be Avoided if Possible

Silver Verdict Shows Risks of “Right to Remain Silent”

The recent “Guilty” verdict in the criminal trial of powerful NY politician Sheldon Silver sent a lot of loud and clear messages. Many in power in Albany use their positions for personal gain. Politicians who stay too long get to feel invincible and untouchable. When the Feds come after you, you’re in trouble. But it… Continue reading Silver Verdict Shows Risks of “Right to Remain Silent”

Proposed Ban on Swastika Not Enforceable

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray held a press conference yesterday to propose a ban on use of the swastika in any location including the air. Joined by Jewish leaders, she made her comments at Point Lookout Town Park, where a plane trailing a swastika banner flew along the beach Saturday. Was that act offensive?… Continue reading Proposed Ban on Swastika Not Enforceable

Supremes Rule You Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that a person who is being interrogated by the police cannot just remain silent in order to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, he must actually invoke the privilege before he can obtain its benefits. In Salinas v. Texas the court, split 5-4 along the traditional ideological lines… Continue reading Supremes Rule You Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

Louis Vuitton Wins Big in Knock-Off Case That Awarded Attorney’s Fees On Top of Statutory Damages

Famed handbag maker and design house stalwart Louis Vuitton won a major victory yesterday in the Second Circuit, the Federal Appeals court covering cases arising out of New York, Connecticut and Vermont. In a potentially game-changing decision, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. LY, USA Inc. et al , the court settled an unclear issue in… Continue reading Louis Vuitton Wins Big in Knock-Off Case That Awarded Attorney’s Fees On Top of Statutory Damages

Penn State Coach and his Lawyer Prove Value of the 5th Amendment

I’ve blogged about the Fifth Amendment before. Back in April of last year I wrote a post to explain that while the 5th Amendment is often thought of as a refuge for the guilty, it in fact is there for the protection of the innocent. Not having to ever tell your side of the story… Continue reading Penn State Coach and his Lawyer Prove Value of the 5th Amendment

High Profile Cases Make Some Lawyers Forget Their Obligations

Lindsay Lohan’s search for a new lawyer led to a Chicago Lawyer named  Stuart Goldberg. How she found Mr. Goldberg, I don’t know, as his website seems to indicate he specializes in State and Federal street narcotics cases.  But in any event, he was flown to LA to meet with Lohan for six hours to… Continue reading High Profile Cases Make Some Lawyers Forget Their Obligations

“Taking the Fifth”

What does it mean when a person invokes his rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution or “takes the Fifth” or  “pleads the Fifth”  or “lawyers up” as they say in the vernacular.  Of course, you could actually teach an entire law school semester on the various nuances involved, so this is… Continue reading “Taking the Fifth”