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Litigation

Aunt Loses Lawsuit Against 8 yr Old Nephew For Birthday Hug That Broke Her Wrist

You can file this story under a number of headlines: (1) Why People Hate Lawyers (2) Thank God Common Sense Prevailed (3) Worst Lawsuits of the 21st and 20th Century and (4) Is This From The Onion? A Manhattan woman actually filed a lawsuit against her 8 year old nephew because when she arrived at […]

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Litigation

Blast Lawsuit Is Desperate Plea For Attention – But Women in Suit Claim They Were Wrongly Portrayed

Today as I was getting my morning coffee, I glanced at the NY Post headline that read “Trauma Queens” over a picture of two twenty-somethings who had filed a lawsuit over the East Village explosion that occurred on March 26th. The article stated that the young women had filed lawsuits seeking $20 Million apiece over […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Cannibal Cop Juror Speaks Out About Overturned Conviction

I was contacted by a juror from the notorious Cannibal Cop case who wanted to break the jury’s silence following the stunning reversal of their guilty verdict by the judge presiding on the case. Since the person wants continue to remain anonymous for as long as possible, I’ll call them Juror X (“JX”).  What JX […]

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Constitutional Law General Litigation

Courts Should Allow Jurors To Ask Questions and Take Notes

In most states in the Union, including NY where I primarily practice, the concept of allowing jurors to take notes and even ask questions is gaining in popularity. Most federal courts allow juror note-taking but not juror questioning of witnesses. Having recently tried a lengthy civil trial where the jury was allowed to both take […]

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Constitutional Law Litigation

This is Not Your Father’s Jury

Back when I was a young lawyer just starting to try cases for the Manhattan Trial Unit of the NYC Law Department, I got a quick introduction in selecting jurors about 15 minutes before I picked my first jury. Though it was over 25 years ago, I can hear the speech from the wizened old […]

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General Litigation

Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Decision Serves as Reminder of Importance of Legal System

Yes, yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. There were various blog posts, FB status updates and other commemorations of the historic event. But very little was written about the 40th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that changed this country forever. On November 22, 1971, the Supreme Court issued Reed […]

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Litigation

Medford Pharmacy Shooting Lawsuits Will Not Succeed

I guess it should be expected that the families of the tragic shooting of four people in a pharmacy in Medford, NY, would want to attach blame to the Suffolk County Police Department for its failure to remove guns from the shooter David Laffer after it had received a complaint that brought the SCPD to […]

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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 […]

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General

Death Penalty Dad Trying to Taint Jury Must Be Stopped

No one in their right mind can actually blame Dr. William Petit for wanting blood.  In 2007, his wife and two daughters were viciously slain during a home invasion robbery.  Since then he has become a famous advocate for the death penalty and has gained national recognition for his testimony before legislative bodies in favor […]