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  • Criminalizing Americans for Government Profit

    08/08/2014 1:28:03 PM PDT · by Neoliberalnot · 17 replies
    Casey Research ^ | August 8, 2014 | Doug French
    Forget protecting and serving; we’re all potential bad guys in the eyes of the law that looks to jail us, fine us, and seize our property for profit. Retired LAPD Deputy Chief of Police Stephen Downing told FoxNews Latino, “The federal government has turned policing into policing for profit.” Cops are tracking down cash, rather than crime. Downing told Fox that departments now direct police assets to generate cash, instead of investigating murders and rapes. And there are plenty of abstruse laws to trip up even the most careful citizen. The American Bar Association task force reported that the body...
  • As number of law school grads rises in Florida, demand drops

    07/27/2014 4:04:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 27. 2014 | SUSAN TAYLOR MARTIN
    Ask Jason Fraser how many jobs he applied for after graduating from a St. Petersburg law school last year and this is what he says: “Maybe 10 or 20 when it was some place I wanted to work. Maybe 50 when I started getting desperate.’’ After searching as far afield as Ocala and Miami, Fraser finally landed a public defender’s post in Pasco County in June. But his months of job-hunting raises another question, one that nags at many in the legal profession: Does Florida have too many lawyers? Since 2000, the number of licensed attorneys has swollen from 60,900...
  • American Bar Association May Name Sexual Orientation a Human Right

    07/17/2014 12:33:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 16, 2014 | Austin Ruse, president, C-Fam
    The American Bar Association will vote on the controversial notion that being and acting LGBT is a human right protected in international law. The resolution will be considered by the ABA House of Delegates at their annual meeting this August in Boston. The resolution, proposed by James J.S. Holmes, Chairman of the Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, cites a number of international treaties as justification, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Holmes resolution relies on a broad reading of all the cited documents because none of them mentions LGBT, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Holmes claims,...
  • PHILLIPS: Liberal lawyers ensuring illegal aliens are never deported

    07/11/2014 8:21:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 11, 2014 | Judson Phillips
    On Wednesday, in a move that was missed by most of the mainstream media, a group of so-called “civil lights” lawyers filed a lawsuit in Seattle. The purpose of their suit is to compel the government to assign court-appointed lawyers to every minor illegal alien so they can fight their deportation. Left-wing groups are moving quickly to make sure those illegals stay and ensure that more come. This lawsuit will be successful. How is it possible to see the future? Simple. The left is using a strategy known as “sue and settle.” To put it mildly, it is nefarious. Liberals...
  • Family of Electrocuted 7-Year-Old Sues Pool Companies

    06/25/2014 3:11:15 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    NBC MIAMI ^ | 6/24/14
    The father of a 7-year-old boy who died when he was electrocuted in the family’s pool has filed a lawsuit against the company that made the pool light and the one that serviced the family’s swimming pool. Calder Sloan died on April 17 when he jumped into his family’s pool and was electrocuted. The child’s death was wake-up call to many pool owners around South Florida.
  • Mike Rowe Pens Scathing Facebook Post After Liquor Store Disagreement With a Lawyer

    06/24/2014 8:04:07 PM PDT · by AuditTheFed · 23 replies
    The Real Mike Rowe on facebook.com via toprightnews ^ | June 23, 2014 | The Real Mike Rowe
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsOne thing we love about Mike Rowe, the former “Dirty Jobs” TV host and current head of Mike Rowe Works, is that he always speaks his mind. Monday, he did so once again — and took on a lawyer in doing so.Mike hit his local liquor store last week and noticed a picture near the front of the shop: a man in a white shirt that the store was identifying as a shoplifter. “Good for you,” Rowe says he told the owner, as he retold the story on a Facebook post: “I wish every store in the country did...
  • Democratic Lawmakers Propose Lawyers for Immigrant Children

    06/23/2014 1:44:35 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 23, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Democratic U.S. lawmakers announced legislation on Monday that would provide lawyers for thousands of undocumented minors streaming across the border into the United States, saying forcing children to face deportation proceedings alone goes against fundamental American values. "It is a fantasy to believe that they have a fair shot in immigration proceedings without counsel," New York U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries told a news conference. Jeffries and the other House of Representatives Democrats introducing the bill said as many as 40 to 50 percent of the undocumented children would have legitimate claims to remain in the United States under...
  • President Obama Wants to Provide Border Children Legal Help

    06/06/2014 2:56:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 6, 2014
    The Obama administration is turning to a community service program to try to provide legal help to children who have crossed the border without a parent or guardian and later face deportation proceedings. On Friday, the administration said it would try to enroll 100 lawyers and paralegals into AmeriCorps to provide the legal services. They also would help to identify children who have been abused or victims of human trafficking and assist in prosecuting perpetrators, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
  • U.S. to Provide Lawyers for Children Facing Deportation

    06/06/2014 2:11:29 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 6, 2014 | Kirk Semple
    The Obama administration said on Friday that it was launching a program to help recruit lawyers for children facing deportation as it scrambles to deal with the soaring number of unaccompanied Central American minors illegally crossing the border from Mexico. Under the plan, the federal government will issue $2 million in grants to enroll about 100 lawyers and paralegals to represent children making their way through the immigration court system. “We’re taking a historic step to strengthen our justice system and protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of society,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a...
  • California Liberals Pass Bill to Regulate Sex....(Control Freaks)

    06/06/2014 10:00:05 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 63 replies
    IJReview ^ | 6/6/2014 | Kevin Boyd
    bill that has just passed the California State Senate could effectively make criminals out of many people- just for having sex. The bill, SB 967, would require “affirmative consent” before college-age couples can have sex. This would essentially outlaw sex that is had “while in the heat of passion”. From Breitbart News: SB 967, amended last week by state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), would mandate that college students obtain “an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.” ……….. “Obviously, there is a problem,” he said in the report. “SB 967...
  • Judge Beats Up Lawyer in FL: Justice Served

    06/04/2014 6:33:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | John Ransom
    Strike one for the little guy, judge. With your fists, in his face. Anyway, that’s what one Florida judge did to a public defender. He took him out back and gave him a butt whipping. In the face, with his fists. With lawyers it’s the same thing as a butt whipping, because most of them are all ass anyway. They are 100% certified USDA ass. “A Florida judge allegedly punched a public defender after the two stepped outside the courtroom to settle a beef,” reports the New York Daily News. “The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy began to argue...
  • Cal graduate sues In-N-Out over spilled coffee

    05/23/2014 3:57:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2014 | by Peter Fimrite
    A UC Berkeley graduate who was severely burned after spilling hot coffee on her lap filed a lawsuit Thursday against In-N-Out Burger claiming employees in Oakland refused to call an ambulance. Hedy Chen claims employees at the drive-through restaurant ignored her screams and repeated requests to call 911. Instead, she was given a pack of ice, which can exacerbate scarring, according to the suit filed in Alameda County Superior Court. "What they were supposed to do was call 911 because the operators know that" ice is bad, said Kirk Boyd, her lawyer. "They said there is a policy of not...
  • The Roots of CAIR’s Intimidation Campaign

    Brandeis sides with a spawn of Hamas over a champion of women’s rights. Author’s Note: This week, capitulating to Islamic-supremacist agitation led by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Brandeis University reneged on its announced plan to present an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the heroic human-rights activist. In my 2010 book, The Grand Jihad, I devoted a chapter to the origins and purposes of CAIR, its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Hamas-support network, and its aim to silence critics of Islamic supremacism. In light of the continuing success of this campaign — despite a federal terrorism-financing prosecution that...
  • Obama Celebrated Equal Pay Day by Fundraising with Wealthy Trial Lawyers

    04/14/2014 4:06:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/14/2014 | Andrew Stiles
    President Obama celebrated “Equal Pay Day” on April 7. The next day, he attended a DNC fundraiser at the Houston home of Steve Mostyn, a fabulously wealthy trial lawyer who has donated millions to Democrats over the years, before leaving for another Democratic fundraiser at the home of multi-millionaire trial lawyer John Eddie Williams Jr. Democrats hoped to raise at least two millions dollars from the events.Both Mostyn and Williams have accumulated sizeable fortunes by winning large class-action lawsuits against corporations and state governments. Williams, according to his firm’s website, is “passionate about the law and helping the proverbial ‘little...
  • “Congress Is No Place” for Farmers Statement Defended

    03/30/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 45 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2014 | John Semmens
    Iowa Democratic Senatorial candidate, Representative Bruce Braley’s assertion that Congress is no place for a farmer has not gone over well among the state’s rural population. “I’m not saying that farmers don’t have a meaningful role to play in our society,” Braley said in his own defense. “Obviously, someone has to grow the crops and raise the livestock to feed this nation. What I’m saying is that farmers lack the skill necessary to make our laws.” The persons with the necessary skills, according to Braley, are lawyers. “The job of Congress is to enact laws,” Braley observed. “Lawyers are trained...
  • Rep Bruce Braley [D-Iowa] Apologizes to Grassley for ‘Farmer’ Slight

    03/26/2014 2:24:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, apologized for his critical comments of Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, that were posted online Tuesday by a Republican research group. Speaking at a fundraiser, Braley, who is running for the Hawkeye State’s open Senate seat, said the Senate could end up with “a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” before identifying that person as Grassley. “I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” Braley said in a statement released a couple of hours after the video...
  • Oklahoma Adds New Drugs to Lethal-Injection Protocol

    03/24/2014 10:29:34 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 15 replies
    NBC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | NBC News
    "Lawyers for two men on death row in Oklahoma say the state has informed them it has a new execution protocol that would allow it to choose from any of five lethal injections. The change comes days after the state revealed that it had been unable to obtain the chemicals for its existing protocol: pentobarbital and vecuronium — prompting a court to delay the executions of convicted murderers Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett for a month. In the revised protocol given to the men's defense team, prison officials outline five possible one-drug and three-drug injections it could use to kill...
  • Fort Worth SWAT Standoff: Who Pays For The Damage On Permian Lane?

    03/19/2014 10:47:10 AM PDT · by fella · 4 replies
    WFAA ^ | 18 March 2014 | MARIE SAAVEDRA
    FORT WORTH — What started as a murder case ended as a standoff at a two-story home on Permian Lane in Fort Worth on December 31, 2013. John St. Angelo, a contractor, had been here before, and chose it as a place to hide from Fort Worth police as they tried to track him down for the murder of his estranged wife, Suzanne Parsons. Police used tear gas and more to break into the home until St. Angelo finally gave up. All the owner of the house could do was watch. "We’re about 12 hours ahead, so I found out...
  • ‘Spoiled’ 18-year-old Cheerleader Moving Back in With Parents After Judge Throws Out Her Lawsuit

    03/13/2014 9:38:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3/12/2014
    A New Jersey cheerleader who sued her parents for child support after she moved out was today pictured leaving her family's home with her mother after returning to the house this week. In an apparent sign that the family were attempting to return to normality after their embarrassment, Rachel Canning, 18, climbed into her car to head to school on Thursday while her mother Elizabeth climbed into a separate vehicle. They were followed by her father Sean and a younger sibling. Rachel returned to the Morris County home with her tail between her legs on Tuesday night after a judge...
  • NY Judge Rules for Chevron in Ecuador Case

    03/06/2014 4:50:29 AM PST · by La Lydia · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 4, 2014 | Larry Nieumeister
    A federal judge on Tuesday blocked U.S. courts from being used to collect a $9 billion Ecuadorean judgment against Chevron for rainforest damage, saying lawyers poisoned an honorable quest with their illegal and wrongful conduct. "Justice is not served by inflicting injustice. The ends do not justify the means," U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan wrote. The judge said it was a sad outcome to have to rule that the Ecuadorean court judgment "was obtained by corrupt means," because it will likely never be known whether there was a case to be made against the San Ramon, Calif.-based oil company…....
  • Politically-based faculty discrimination, a test case

    02/14/2014 7:01:29 PM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | 2/13/2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral argument in the case of Wagner v. Jones. Our friend Peter Berkowitz discussed the case in a Wall Street Journal op-ed (it’s behind a pay wall). Teresa Wagner accuses the University of Iowa College of Law of violating her First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by refusing to hire her for its legal analysis, writing, and research program due to her strong pro-life views and activism. Her accusation is strongly supported by a comparison of her qualifications for the position and those of the two individuals selected by the law school. Wagner...
  • Is Anyone Really Surprised That The System Is On The Brink Again?

    02/05/2014 5:32:42 AM PST · by blam · 27 replies
    Is Anyone Really Surprised That The System Is On The Brink Again? Phoenix Capital ResearchZero Hedge 02/04/2014 15:07 -0500 We find it truly extraordinary that anyone is surprised the financial system is under duress again. After all, what have the Central Banks accomplished in the last five years? 1) Did they clear out the bad debts that caused the 2008 collapse? NOPE 2) Did they implement structural reforms to insure another 2008 didn’t happen? NOPE 3) Did they punish fraud or corruption in any way to insure that the system was clean? NOPE So what did they do? They cut...
  • A Great Way To Lower Health Care Costs…Ignored

    01/27/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/27/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    The cost of defensive medicine, those tests and procedures ordered solely to protect hospitals and physicians from medical malpractice (Med-Mal) litigation, are estimated to cost as much as $200 billion each year. That’s more than seven percent of all the money spent on health care annually. A number of Republicans tried—to no avail—to include some aspect of tort reform in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). So did Bart Gordon (D-TN), a Blue Dog Democrat, and he also failed. In the summer of 2009, Howard Dean, a physician, onetime presidential candidate, and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, was asked...
  • Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to help Wendy Davis in Texas governor's race

    01/21/2014 8:46:40 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-21-14 | David Yates
    HOUSTON — The Mostyn Law Firm and its attorneys are spending a small fortune to ensure Texas Sen. Wendy Davis' political ambitions come to fruition. The most recent contribution came on Dec. 31, with the Mostyn Law Firm ringing in the New Year by donating $1 million to the Texas Victory Committee -- a joint project of Wendy R. Davis for Governor and Battleground Texas, according to the Texas Ethics Commission. Davis, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is no stranger to law firms specializing in civil litigation, as she first joined the Fort Worth law office of Haynes & Boone in...
  • Lawyers And Headhunters - Waiting On Accidents To Happen

    01/21/2014 3:31:39 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 9 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/21/14 | LD Jackson
    This post is inspired by something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago, so it is on a much more personal level. We recently had a small ice storm in our area. I was stuck at work until about 5:00 PM and I knew it was going to be interesting trying to make it home. I was coming down a side street and saw the accident as it happened. A red Camaro failed to stop because of the ice and came across in front of me. I managed to avoid hitting it broadside, but there was a collision....
  • Wendy Davis has two million-dollar donors

    01/16/2014 12:55:46 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 72 replies
    State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has reported two million-dollar donors to her campaign for governor: Austinite Carolyn Oliver and Houston’s Mostyn Law Firm.
  • California illegal immigrants can get law license, state Supreme Court rules

    Citing a new state law allowing illegal immigrants to get their law licenses, the California Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for a Chico man to fulfill his dream of becoming an attorney despite his not being a U.S. citizen. In a unanimous ruling, the state Supreme Court determined there is no reason to block Sergio Garcia's bid for a California law license, now that a new law permits the state's high court to give such licenses to immigrants who are not yet citizens. State legislators, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, pushed the legislation last fall as Garcia's case...
  • Greggs forced to rename their Cornish pasties by the EU because they contain peas and carrots

    12/28/2013 7:37:04 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:18 EST, 28 December 2013 | Jennifer Smith
    Greggs the baker is being forced to change the name of its best-selling Cornish pasty under new EU laws because the product contains peas and carrots. The new rules mean manufacturers must follow the traditional recipe of beef, potatoes, onions, swede and seasoning, if they wish to use the name. […] Cornish pasties were awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in 2011 after a lengthy campaign by the Cornish Pasty Association to see their delicacy’s name protected. Protected Geographical Indication status prevents anything that is made outside the designated region from using the traditional name. …
  • Dad ‘unfit parent for refusing son McDonald’s’

    11/08/2013 11:39:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 7, 2013 | Julia Marsh and Reuven Fenton
    <p>Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent — for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner.</p>
  • Attorneys for Apple Valley man argue fetus' death was an abortion

    10/23/2013 4:53:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 10-21-13 | Marino Eccher
    When an Apple Valley woman died in March, her 15-week-old fetus, too young to survive outside the womb, died with her. Margorie Holland's husband, Roger Holland, is charged with murder in the deaths. But with his trial scheduled for Monday, his attorneys are making a novel argument: The death of the fetus was an abortion, not a murder, and the only person whose rights that such an act could have violated -- the mother -- already was dead. Dakota County prosecutors disagree, arguing the murder charge is appropriate and that the idea Holland can't be charged in the death of...
  • How to Become a Member of the new Nobility*

    10/12/2013 6:02:00 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    If you want to become part of the new nobility that is emerging in the American population, the good news is that it is possible.  The bad news is that it is not without cost in time, energy, money and effort. Here are ways to become a member in the new nobility: 1.  Become a police officer.   A street level police officer is at the low end of the noble class spectrum.    The lower end of a noble class always have greater numbers than the highest ends.   Police are treated with deference and have special privileges and immunities that the...
  • Unreal! New Law Allows Illegal Aliens To Practice Law In California

    10/05/2013 9:14:20 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 42 replies
    Reuters on The Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-5-2013 | By Noreen O'Donnell Reuters and posted by Rachel Pulaski
    Over 2.6 million illegal immigrants reside in California and Gov. Jerry Brown is signing more illegal laws to give them the same rights as U.S. citizens. On Thursday, he signed a bill that will allow up to 1.3 million illegals up to obtain CA drivers licenses. Another bill signed by Brown prohibits employers to retaliate against workers because of their lack of citizenship. The CA Governor also signed the “Trust Act” which halts the deportation of illegals when arrested for minor crimes and prohibits law enforcement to contact I.C.E. agents. To add to the illegal bills signed by Gov. Brown,...
  • SharkNATO is Real!

    09/18/2013 6:31:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    IO9 ^ | September 18, 2013 | Annalee Newitz
    Remember when Thunder Levin, the writer of Sharknado, said that when he was approached to write the film he misheard and thought they were pitching a movie called SharkNATO? About a daring international treaty organization battling a shark army? NOW IT IS A THING.
  • An illegal alien doing your legal work? CA bill will make it so

    09/16/2013 9:35:00 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 12 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | September 16, 2013 | Chad Groening
    An immigration enforcement activist says he expects illegal aliens in the state of California will be more empowered thanks to a new law in the state. The bill that would allow illegal immigrants to become lawyers passed the state Assembly last week in the waning hours of the legislative session. It would authorize the California Supreme Court, which finalizes applications to become licensed as a lawyer in the state, to admit qualified applicants regardless of their immigration status. The legislation was prompted by the case of an illegal alien from Mexico, Sergio Garcia, who was brought to the United States...
  • CA Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Illegals To Practice Law

    09/14/2013 9:49:45 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9 13 2013
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A California bill to let undocumented immigrants become lawyers passed its last legislative hurdle on Thursday and will be sent to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
  • The Great Law School Debate: 2 or 3 Years?

    09/06/2013 1:55:33 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 18 replies
    MainStreet.com ^ | 9-6-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Are three years of law school really necessary? President Obama does not think so. During an August 23 speech at the State University of Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, Obama broached the subject of cutting the law school curriculum by one year. During a Q & A session, the president talked about ...
  • Destroying Football: The Left's Endgame

    08/09/2013 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Dysart · 74 replies
    AT ^ | 8-9-13 | Timothy Birdnow
    The latest fad among football sportswriters and commentators seems to involve crowing about head injuries and long-term health effects from playing football.BREAK All this teaches a lesson to the children: private, individual action is dangerous and should be avoided. Life must be lived within the guardrails, carefully planned and safeguarded by society. Even more distressing to the left is that sports started as a means of training for soldiers. That is why football is so appealing to America; it is a he-man sport, a vestige of the old America, where an association of free men stand together in battle. Yes,...
  • The Law School Crisis: the economic recession has caused a significant dips in demand for lawyers

    08/08/2013 12:38:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/08/2013 | Ben Taylor
    You've seen the law school rants. You've heard about dropping attendance. You've read the frightening stories about criminally low-paying legal jobs for recent law graduates who are already $100K in debt. Certainly, some of the teeth-gnashing is well-founded. As a combined result of the global economic recession, new do-it-yourself legal services, and an over-saturated market of lawyers, the legal profession was due for a downturn. But does this mean that law school is dead? Should bright, legally minded college graduates automatically cross law school off their list? The answer: not necessarily. Most of these doomsday stories start with intriguing data,...
  • UC Motto Should Be: Where's Mine?

    08/01/2013 1:45:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    John Pike -- the University of California, Davis police lieutenant whom the university fired for pepper spraying Occupy protesters Nov. 18, 2011 -- has filed a workers' compensation claim based on a "psychiatric injury." UC should change its motto from "Fiat lux" ("Let there be light") to "Fiat meum" ("Where's mine?"). The protesters got theirs when they sued the University of Deep Pockets. Ironically, they were protesting rising tuition while telling themselves they were underdogs who courageously stood up to authority. Please, their demands for more state money were in perfect harmony with the aspirations of UC brass. Protesters set...
  • A Trayvon Martin fashion statement [parents/Crump want more $$$]

    08/01/2013 6:51:12 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    New Pittsburgh Courier ^ | Aug 1, 2013 | William Reed
    (NNPA)—Do you feel George Zimmerman is “a racist?” Make a fashion statement to let the world know how you feel. The issue of “race in America” was clearly illustrated in the attention African-Americans paid to the Zimmerman trial. Nowadays, Black Americans are no longer asking, rather, they’re demanding “Justice for Trayvon Martin.” If Zimmerman thought he’d live out his days as a happy camper, he’s sadly mistaken. The “Justice for Trayvon Martin” campaign has morphed into an enterprise that’s not going anywhere, anytime soon, especially if Parks & Crump, attorneys at law, have any say in the matter. Parks &...
  • 'Terror Lawyer' Lynne Stewart wants out of jail due to cancer

    07/30/2013 6:58:14 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 30 July 2013 | Rich Schapiro
    The 73-year-old attorney was sentence to 10 years in prison for helping her client Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman - who plotted to blow up New York City landmarks - send messages to terrorists in Egypt, and for perjury. Court papers filed say that Stewart only has 18 months to live her with her incurable cancer.
  • Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries

    07/29/2013 4:17:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/29/13 | ADAM LIPTAK
    WASHINGTON — Last month’s Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage were major gay rights victories. But countless questions about the legal rights of gay men and lesbians remain. Here’s one: May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation? The federal appeals court in California will soon decide the issue, which turns out to be surprisingly knotty. It arose at the 2011 trial of an antitrust fight between two giant drug companies. After a potential juror appeared to reveal that he was gay, a lawyer for Abbott Laboratories used a peremptory strike — one that does not...
  • First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers

    07/29/2013 4:05:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2013 | Mike Adams
    The New York Times and the Huffington Post have been very critical of recent legislation by the House and Senate of the State of North Carolina. But neither of those liberal news outlets - and I use the term "news outlets" loosely - have recognized their recent attempt to restore due process in one of the most oppressive judicial systems in the country. Indeed, the UNC system is among the greatest antagonists of fairness and due process in the entire nation. Since this is a bold assertion, it demands elaboration. Students in the UNC system are routinely brought up on...
  • "Planet of the Apes" ... Advocacy Group to Name Captive Chimp as Plaintiff in Historic Case

    07/17/2013 7:18:39 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 8 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 14, 2013 | Chris Berdik
    Should chimpanzees have legal rights? The ‘animal personhood’ movement believes dolphins, great apes, and elephants deserve to be able to sue — and now it has a plaintiff. Somewhere in America—its lawyers won’t say where—a chimpanzee is about to have its day in court. In the next few months, an animal advocacy group called the Nonhuman Rights Project plans to file a case on behalf of its first animal client. It has already chosen the plaintiff, a captive chimp, on whose behalf it plans to file a writ of habeas corpus and ask a state court judge to grant the...
  • Strangling Life

    07/17/2013 4:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2013 | John Stossel
    There are now 175,000 pages' worth of federal laws. Local governments add more. I'm not so cynical that I think politicians pass laws just to control us. Someone always thinks: "This law is needed. This will protect people." But the cumulative effect of so many rules is to strangle life. Yet lawyers like George Washington Law professor John Banzhaf want more rules. Banzhaf requires his law students to sue people, just for practice. "And we keep winning!" he bragged to me. They do. But his legal "victories" hardly benefit the public. He and his students have sued Washington, D.C., hairdressers,...
  • Fox News: Judge Yelling At Zimmerman's Lawyers 'Inappropriate,' 'Emblematic' Of 'Unfair Case'

    07/11/2013 12:02:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/11/13 | Fox News
    7/11/13 - Fox News Channel legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. scolded the judge presiding in the case against George Zimmerman for the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin. He said that the judge was "inappropriate" when she raised her voice at Zimmerman's lawyers and prodded the defendant repeatedly over his choice not to testify in the case against him. Doocy said that, given the evidence presented so far, some are asking why Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder in the first place. He also wondered if Zimmerman had received a "fair trial." After playing a clip of Judge Debra Nelson...
  • Only Lawyers Now Can Argue Before Supreme Court

    07/01/2013 9:27:50 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/1/13 | ap
    You must be a lawyer to argue before the Supreme Court. Thought that already was the case? It wasn't until Monday, when the Supreme Court revised its 80-page rule book for the first time since 2010. The update covers items such as filing deadlines but also adds Rule 28.8, which requires anyone arguing before the court to be a lawyer. The high court says the new rule simply codifies a "long-standing practice of the court." A nonlawyer hasn't argued before the justices in more than three decades, though not for a lack of trying. A magazine publisher, entrepreneur and paralegal-in-training...
  • How America Lost Its Way

    06/09/2013 11:29:53 AM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2013 | Niall Ferguson
    It is getting ever harder to do business in the United States, argues Niall Ferguson, and more stimulus won't help: Our institutions need fixing. Not everyone is an entrepreneur. Still, everyone should try—if only once—to start a business. After all, it is small and medium enterprises that are the key to job creation. There is also something uniquely educational about sitting at the desk where the buck stops, in a dreary office you've just rented, working day and night with a handful of employees just to break even. As an academic, I'm just an amateur capitalist. Still, over the past...
  • West Yorkshire: Hundreds of lawyers ‘face axe’ warning

    06/01/2013 3:53:29 PM PDT · by davemac.439 · 6 replies
    Yorkshire Evening Post ^ | 01 June 2013 | YEP
    Hundreds of lawyers’ jobs face the axe in West Yorkshire as a result of controversial legal aid reforms which could leave ordinary people trying to defend themselves in court, solicitors have warned.
  • Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits

    10/18/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by girlangler · 42 replies · 2,202+ views
    The Capital Press ^ | 10/15, 2009 | Mitch Lies
    Taxes fund environmental suits - Environmental law firms reap billions in fees to fund lawsuits October 15, 2009 The federal government has paid out billions of dollars to environmental groups for attorney fees and costs, according to data assembled by a Cheyenne, Wyoming, lawyer. Karen Budd-Falen of Budd-Falen Law Offices [main@buddfalen.com or 307-632-5105] said the government between 2003 and 2007 paid more than $4.7 billion in taxpayer money to environmental law firms -- and that's just in the lawsuits she tracked. The actual figure, she said, is far greater. "I think we only found that the iceberg exists," she said....