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Fed Ct: Officer Immune for Arresting Florida Man with “I Eat Ass” Bumper Sticker on His Truck

In a funny-not-funny example of the wide berth given to police officers under the qualified immunity doctrine, a Federal Court in Florida dismissed a wrongful arrest suit brought by Dillon Webb after he was arrested for displaying an “I Eat Ass” bumper sticker on his truck. Dillon Shane Webb, 23, was stopped on a highway […]

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Copyright Law Intellectual Property

Score One for the Little Guy: SDNY says Fla Website Can’t Be Sued in NY Over Photos

My client Signatures4U.com is a Mom and Pop side business operating out of Florida that sells signed sports memorabilia, mostly through its eBay site. Last year it was served with a Federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of NY over alleged copyright infringement. The basis of the claim is that two sports photographers allege […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

Loss of Focus Caused Loss of Case -Top 5 Reasons for the Not Guilty Verdict

The acquittal of George Zimmerman may make me very uncomfortable, but it was inevitable. This case says less about racial equality and racial profiling in America than it says about the State of Florida and its criminal justice system. Here are some quick thoughts on why this verdict was rendered: (1) the Government overcharged the […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Prosecution Appears Asleep At the Wheel in George Zimmerman Case

OK, so the eyes of the nation (at least those without daytime jobs) are all on the George Zimmerman trial. I am not a fan of cameras in the courtroom as a general rule but I just caught a few snippets of what is transpiring and I am a little shocked at how the prosecution […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Litigation

With Equal Rights Comes Equal Responsibility

You would be hard pressed to find anyone more in favor of equal rights for gay men and women than yours truly. But I am completely dumbstruck at the outrage expressed over the arrest of Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18 year old girl from Florida, who was charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law General

Lack of Arrest Not Self-Defense Is The Issue in Trayvon Martin Case

OK, I know there is no need to tell you who Trayvon Martin is or why his case is getting all this attention, so let me jump right in to the issue as I see it. Yes, Florida has an absurd self-defense law when it states that you can use deadly physical force without having […]