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What The United States Supreme Court Teaches About Colin Kaepernick

Summer 2020 - In what may be the Court’s most eloquent and admired statement of First Amendment principles, Barnette found in favor of two Jehovah’s Witnesses school children who refused to salute the flag. To fully appreciate Barnette, it is important to first understand the social climate in which it was decided.
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At Long Last, Lying Jailhouse Snitches Are Muzzled in Connecticut Courtrooms

Summer 2020 - The process of “turning” witnesses to testify against a defendant in exchange for some benefit is commonplace in our criminal justice system. Yet, there is a dearth of legislative or judicial analysis into the corrupting effect of this breed of testimony. As most defense attorneys can attest, prosecutorial reliance on jailhouse informants is one of the most insidious and destructive of law enforcement practices.
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Killer Police Officers Roam Our Streets

Arpil 2019 - These days, even the most ardent law enforcement loyalists find their allegiances shaken. From coast to coast, police officers are beating and killing ordinary citizens in complete disregard to the rule of law and the promise they made to uphold it.
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Remembering Melvin Belli, “The King of Torts”

March 2019 - In the course of over 60 years of practice as a San Francisco based lawyer, Melvin M. Belli became the most famous lawyer in America involved in its most famous cases.
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The Polygraph: A criminal defendant’s friend or foe?

January 2019 - The idea of possessing a lie detection machine capable of determining false testimony has fascinated scientists, criminolo - gists and lawyers for centuries.
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Do the police have the right to “stop and frisk” any citizen they encounter? Federal district judge Shira A. Scheindlin and the Fourth Amendment say no

December 2018 - The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
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Former Legislator Owes Estate $2M

August 2018 - A probate judge has ruled that a former state legislator “unjustly enriched” himself at the expense of his family’s Enfield tobacco farm and that he owes his father’s estate more than $2 million.
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College Kangaroo Courts: Why Students Wrongfully Accused by Schools of Rape Can and Should Use the Courts to Fight Back

July 2018 - In the last few years, college age men wrongfully accused of sexual misconduct have brought over 200 lawsuits to clear their names. These suits have shown that accused parties are being denied their right to due process by school panels afraid to lose Title IX funding.
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For legal drama, probate court is the place to be

June 2018 - Most trial lawyers regard probate courts as humdrum backwaters. They assume serious litigation and gripping courtroom drama are the province of civil state and federal trial courts.
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Defending Mr. Jesus

July 2017 - For over three decades until the time of his death in 1988, Hartford native Edward Bennett Williams was the most famous lawyer in America.
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June 2017 - Whether it’s the government intercepting a terrorist for your protection, or google tracking your searches, technology and the national security state it supports is at war with your privacy- and the civil liberties that protect it.
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Judicial Delay is Nothing New

February 2017 - There are many novelists who have written with great insight and wit about lawyers, an endlessly rich subject matter for any writer. Charles Dickens was one of the best.
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Freedom with a Criminal Record is Not Really Freedom: Pardons and Commutations of Criminal Sentences

January 2017 - The United States leads the world in the number of people in prisons. In 2009, with 4.6 percent of the world’s population, the United States had 22.4 percent of the world’s prison population.
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Why Lawyers are Important in the Time of Trump

December 2016 - On January 20, 1692, in the Town of Salem, Massachusetts, two young girls by the name of Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris began demonstrating outrageous behavior.
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Mother Sues Hartford Schools

August 2016 - The mother of a 13-year-old girl who police say received sexual text messages from a longtime Hartford school administrator is suing the school system, top school officials and the city of Hartford over alleged negligence in the case.
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Connecticut Prosecutors Are Gone Baby Gone

July 2016 - For the past several decades nearly all criminal prosecutions of consequence in Connecticut have been brought by federal prosecutors who have successfully pursued a succession of spectacular cases involving municipalities, high level politicians (including a sitting governor), police departments, and other significant cases.
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Lawsuit Lenders: Borrowing Money Secured by Potential Settlements and Verdicts is a Bad Idea

June 2016 - Litigating plaintiff’s cases on behalf of someone who has suffered injury - whether at the hands of a citizen, corporation, or government representative - is a very difficult enterprise.
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