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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Bad Forensics: A Main Cause of Wrongful Convictions

TV viewers are addicted to forensic cop shows – CSI, NCIS, etc etc. The shows make it look like every crime can be solved by forensics and that forensic science is unassailable. In fact, bad forensics is one of the leading causes of wrongful convictions across the country. When I talk about “bad forensics” I […]

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Constitutional Law Intellectual Property

Will Roy Moore Win His $95 Million Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen? Hint: No, He Will Lose.

Former Alabama Senate candidate and State Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore has filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime and CBS after he appeared on Cohen’s series, “Who Is America?” In July, Moore appeared on the third episode of Who is America?, a Showtime series where the comedian disguises himself […]

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Criminal Law

Is It Legal For an Attorney to Record A Client’s Conversation?

The news that Michael Cohen recorded conversations between him and Donald Trump has led to the usual and predictable firestorm. And in this day and age the usual and predictable firestorm includes “legal experts” on the many cable news channel opining on the legality of a lawyer taping a conversation. Some that I have seen […]

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Wrongful Convictions

NY Ct.: We Have Broad Powers to Correct Systemic Wrongs

In powerful language that will likely find its way into many future briefs to overturn wrongful convictions, a NY appeals court has reminded everyone that, when it comes to the criminal justice system, courts should not place form over substance. The case is People v. Hargrove 2018 WL 1833080, and it was handed down on […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law

Secret Proceedings in Holtzclaw Case Raise Serious Issues

I was recently made aware of the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer currently serving a 263-year sentence for 18 sex-related felonies, arising out of alleged crimes committed during traffic stops. Journalist Michelle Malkin invited me to join a panel discussion on wrongful convictions after the screening of her documentary Railroaded at […]

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Criminal Law Litigation

Cohen Search Warrant is Nothing New

The President is screaming that the search warrant executed on the offices Michael Cohen, his longtime attorney, is an attack on our country and a violation of the attorney-client privilege. First of all, 9-11 was an attack on our country; this search is just one step in a long criminal investigation. But Presidential histrionics aside, […]

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Copyright Law Litigation

Court Labels Attorney as “Copyright Troll” and Fines Him $10,000 Over Frivolous Case Involving Photograph

2018 has been a bad year for copyright infringement troll attorney Richard Liebowitz. He specializes in bringing hundreds of suits over the alleged infringing use of a digital photograph. In February, in the case of McDermott v. Monday, Monday LLC Southern District of NY Judge Denise Cote labeled him a “Copyright Troll” for filing over […]

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Litigation

Top 5 Tips for Lawyers Arguing Their First Appeal

Back in 2010, I wrote an article for this blog on Top 10 Tips for Young Trial Lawyers It remains one of the most viewed and re-viewed articles on my blog. Since its publication, there has not been a week that it has not been viewed. This week, I judged New York Law School’s Wagner […]

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General

Can’t You Just Write a Letter for Me?

At least once a month, I get a new inquiry from a prospective client; a current or former client; or, most commonly, from a family member or friend asking for legal help about a small dispute. The underlying damages are usually worth under $5,000 in total and often involve matters of $1,000 or less. When […]