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10 Nov

Mikes in the courtroom: Check, check

In a society where a person can barely go anywhere outside the home without being picked up on camera, some courts are using microphones to playback oral argument to the public. For instance, the Supreme Court provides same-day oral argument transcripts. The Supreme Court releases...

08 Nov

To Blog or Not to Blog

The free speech fanatic I am, I fully support everyone’s access to the Internet, no matter the content or quality of the communications being bandied about. Consequently, I share the following practical tips and tricks to lawyers and non-lawyers alike for launching and running a...

06 Nov

Death Penalty – Always Unjust

Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death. The man was a walking violation of human rights, who was no friend of death penalty abolitionists. Consequently, why should death penalty abolitionists -- including myself -- care whether he is executed? Because the message of death penalty abolition...

06 Nov

Frank Dunham Leaves the Planet

Sadly, on November 3, Frank W. Dunham, Jr., passed away. Mr. Dunham was the first federal public defender for Alexandria, Virginia. He apparently operated his federal public defender's office with the full independence that is critical for all public defender offices. The most striking professional information in Mr. Dunham's obituary...

05 Nov

If Neil Young were a trial lawyer

© 1976 Mark Estabrook. Republication permitted, as detailed here. Click here for YouTube clip. If Neil Young were a trial lawyer -- at least if he were arguing on the side of the angels, which is the only side I could imagine him arguing --...

05 Nov

Defending Reckless Driving in Virginia

Following is an out-of-state trial lawyers' listserv message by me that gives a good overview for defending reckless driving in Virginia: For jailable offenses, I think a pro se defendant has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, plenty of defendants show up pro se for reckless charges;...

02 Nov

Selecting a prison

By the time a criminal defendant is convicted and sentenced, the defendant's attention often is focused on where s/he will be housed. Here is a Wall Street Journal article discussing former Enron CEO Jeff Skilling's efforts to obtain his first choice for prison. In any event, the article's title...

02 Nov

Feds targeting employers of unauthorized workers

Federal authorities are bringing enforcement actions against employers of unauthorized workers. One of the targeted companies is IFCO Systems, with federal authorities claiming that 53 percent of the company's 5800 employees had faulty Social Security numbers. Marks & Katz believes strongly in widely opening the United...

02 Nov

Politicians – Weed out security goons

  Security goons are not wedded to any one political party, political stripe or politician. Witness, for instance, the First Amendment-violative arrests and hyper-security at recent Democratic and Republican national presidential conventions. Witness the manhandling of my former client and political conservative Ben Wetmore, who, after...

31 Oct

When Governments Cage People

On this Halloween day, here is some chilling reality, mixed with hope: Jails and prisons are cages that warehouse and restrain legions of people (1) presumed innocent and awaiting trial, (2) who are innocent but wrongfully convicted, (3) convicted of crimes that should not be crimes...

30 Oct

Overseas legal outsourcing on the rise

More law firms apparently are more often looking overseas to outsource support staff work. The October 27, 2006, New York Times details this trend. A recent trial lawyer listserv posting mentioned one particular company offering such outsourcing: Manthan Services in Bangalore, India.  This outsourcing situation goes to...