Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gandhi


When I was a child I dreamed that someday I would grow up and post worthy internet stuff....sigh.


Tomorrow morning I have "to go" in front of a judge. Our judicial system is so broken.

Rain today makes it a bad day to go to the zoo and enjoy a bad $18 coke.

Apparently I am not comfortable unless I have food in my fridge rotting and wasting away.  Is that an American thing, a human thing, or me just being  a bad person?


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Life is complicated


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TOP STORY
BIGLAW

Biglaw Associate Is First Confirmed Fatality Of The Paris Attacks

By DAVID LAT | November 14, 2015 at 12:05 PM
His firm describes the 26-year-old victim as “a talented lawyer, extremely well liked, and a wonderful personality in the office.”


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Nevada man is arrested for alleged Facebook threats against federal judge

Nov 17, 2015, 9:02 am CST


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For-profit education company will pay $95.5M to settle illegal recruiting claim

Nov 16, 2015, 1:20 pm CST


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Left to pay bill and arrested after man exits blind date mid-meal, woman also loses most of lawsuit

Nov 16, 2015, 11:45 am CST
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LEGAL TECHNOLOGY

Need money for an expert witness, legal fees or bail? Some turn to crowdfunding


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Pennsylvania pro bono lawyer Justin McShane turned to crowdfunding when he needed to pay for expert witnesses in a wrongful conviction case he had taken on pro bono. He raised more than $8,000 from the online pitch.
He’s not the only lawyer to see the value in crowdfunding, the Marshall Project reports. A lawyer created a crowdfunding site called Funded Justice to help people pay for a lawyer in criminal or civil cases. This fall, the Orleans Public Defenders in Louisiana used crowdfunding when confronting a $1 million budget deficit and raised $86,000.
Litigants and criminal defendants have also used popular crowdfunding sites such as Indiegogo and GoFundMe to raise money for bail, legal fees and fines, according to the article.
In some cases, however, monetary appeals on behalf of criminal defendants have been shunned by crowdfunding sites that cite their terms of use or standards. Both GoFundMe and Indiegogo have shut down fundraising appeals for officers involved in the deaths of suspects. GoFundMe, for example, bars crowdfunding for defendants accused of “heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts.”
See also:
ABA Journal: “Crowdfunding can be a great way to finance your case–or destroy it”


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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Ex-lawyer serving time in rare dog-maul murder case asks 9th Circuit to nix conviction


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A former lawyer serving time after a rare second-degree murder conviction in a dog-mauling case is hoping a federal appeals court will overturn her conviction in the death of a San Francisco neighbor more than a decade ago.
Arguments that the judge and prosecutor in Marjorie Knoller’s trial behaved inappropriately were heard Monday in San Francisco by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. While questioning whether the conduct made any difference in the outcome of the case, the panel also focused on claims that Knoller didn’t get a fair trial, the San Jose Mercury News reports. An earlier Mercury News article provides additional details.
“What concerns me is the muzzling of the defense attorney with a threat,” said Judge M. Margaret McKeown, referring to the then-possibility that Knoller’s counsel would be jailed over the way the high-profile case was defended. “It’s an important case and the issues are important.”
The case, which made international headlines at the time, involved two large aggressive dogs that escaped Knoller’s control and attacked and killed a neighbor as she was trying to enter her home from a hallway of the building in which Knoller also lived.
“The evidence in this case was very strong,” deputy attorney general Peggy Ruffa told the panel.
Hat tip: Daily Mail.
Related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: “Ex-Lawyer Again Convicted of Murder in Neighbor’s Dog-Mauling Death”



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Trump’s Focus on Muslims Distracting Him from Campaign Against Mexicans, Supporters Fear

After the billionaire said he would consider shutting down mosques if he were President, supporters expressed concern that such signature proposals as a wall with Mexico and mass deportations were being lost in the shuffle.

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Here is our state's lawyer in full bloom, even the GOP won't come to his aid:

Prosecutors Defend Securities Laws Challenged By Texas AG

Law360, Dallas (November 16, 2015, 11:04 PM ET) -- Prosecutors on Monday defended Texas securities laws that state Attorney General Ken Paxton attacked as unconstitutionally vague, saying that when Paxton was a state representative, he voted for the law and can’t escape it now that he is charged with felony securities law violations.

Paxton, who is trying to quash three felony charges alleging he misled investors and failed to register as an investment adviser, argued Nov. 2 that Section 29(I) of the Texas Securities Act is unconstitutionally vague, allows for arbitrary enforcement of the law and is...


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