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Cellphone user had no expectation of privacy in pocket-dialed call, 6th Circuit rules

PRIVACY LAW Cellphone user had no expectation of privacy in pocket-dialed call, 6th Circuit rules POSTED JUL 21, 2015 02:24 PM CDT BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS Image from Shutterstock. A federal appeals court has ruled that the former chairman of an airport board in Kentucky had no expectation of privacy in an inadvertent “pocket dial” call. The decision (PDF) […]

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Lawyer is Disbarred for “Social Media Blitz”

LEGAL ETHICS Lawyer is disbarred for ‘social media blitz’ intended to influence custody case and top state court POSTED JUL 08, 2015 05:45 AM CDT BY DEBRA CASSENS WEISS A divided Louisiana Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who used Twitter and an online petition to urge readers to contact two judges she accused of being […]

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Judge accused of stealing cocaine from evidence

Judge accused of stealing cocaine from evidence likely impaired, says lawyer in conviction challenge POSTED JUL 02, 2015 05:00 PM CDT BY MARTHA NEIL A retired Pennsylvania judge accused of stealing cocaine from evidence and replacing it with baking soda while still on the bench likely was impaired when he decided a murder case four years […]

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Don’t do this…

Don’t do this…   Nominee No. 1: [San Jose Mercury News]: An unidentified man, using a shotgun like a club to break a former girlfriend’s windshield, accidentally shot himself to death when the gun discharged, blowing a hole in his gut.   Nominee No. 2: [Kalamazoo Gazette]:  James Burns, 34, (a mechanic) of Alamo, MI, […]

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“All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy”

I'm sure most of us remember this famous proverb: "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." And most of us can probably relate to feeling "burned out" at work at some point. But in a legal setting, we expect our court-appointed officials to continue to handle their job functions in a fair and accurate manner, […]

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