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Whether rightly or not, the Zimmerman trial has transfixed the nation. Many saw it as a civil rights lawsuit, and many are outraged at the final verdict that George Zimmerman is innocent of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The president, who has already weighed in saying that if he had a son, that son would look like Trayvon, a statement of solidarity, if ever there was one, has tried to ease some of the tensions and disappointments of the case.

"I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher," said Obama. "But we are a nation of laws, and the jury has spoken."

"We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this."

Indirectly, he seemed to be saying the verdict was a tragedy, but as for gun violence, it is an everyday thing, not so much a tragedy, since most cases don't capture nationwide attention, but are a daily reality.

Trayvon's lawyer, for one, criticized the president for failing to speak up about Zimmerman's plight.

He said Obama has "already made a couple of comments now about Trayvon Martin and I think he should have maybe focused a bit more on the fact that a fair trial was held, that justice was served, and that the Zimmerman family has gone through their own trauma in this. I don't know that it needs to be a one-sided conversation. I don't think that helps."

"This verdict still has nothing to do with civil rights," continued O'Mara. "There's enormous evidence that my client acted in self-defense. There is no other reasonable hypothesis."

Perhaps getting the president's sympathy was too much, but with so many people crying for Zimmerman's blood, it seems anything he could say to ease the tensions might help.

07-15-2013


If you’re going to argue before the Supreme Court, you must be a lawyer. It wasn’t always that way, but this Monday the Supreme Court updated their 80-page rulebook, changing their longstanding practice into an explicit rule. The new rule, 28.8, solidifies a “long-standing practice of the court.”

But who would want to argue before supreme justices without knowing their way around the law? Apparently plenty have tried over the years, including a magazine publisher, entrepreneur, and paralegal-in-training; but for actual people who were allowed to, the last was Samuel H. Sloan in 1978 who represented himself in a stock trading suit, and decided no lawyer could win his case.

“It wasn’t on an ego thing or anything like that,” he said. “I wanted to win the case. I was convinced I couldn’t win the case in any other way but to argue my own case.” And win he did, 9-0.

Larry Flynt, the notorious publisher of Hustler magazine, also wanted to represent himself, but was appointed Shapiro to cover his case. He himself was led out of the court after yelling obscenities.

So why are the supreme justices being elitist? After all, why necessitate a JD to even speak to the likes of them? Maybe they want to hear lawyer talk, such as cases and scenarios similar to the points at hand.

There was once a time an honest principled man could speak before the supreme justices and make his case heard. Such a man can still speak before them, now he just has to have a JD.

07-06-2013



 
Sexual harassment: what a mess! Not only are Paula Deen, celebrity chef, and her brother being charged with sexual harassment, but the lawyer who is representing their accuser seems to be sexually harassing her a bit himself. Well, that depends on your interpretation. But Matthew Billips, who is representing Lisa Jackson in accusing Emmy-Award winning Deen has tweeted to his Twitter Followers that he “planned on ‘doing’ and ‘undressing’ her [Deen] during discovery and that using her was a ‘real hoot.’”

Such language seems to have peeved Deen, 66, who filed a motion to have Billips banned for using “obscene, bawdy, and racially charged language,” on the Twitter account that is been deleted, but U.S. Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith denied all this and said that “the court is satisfied that those tweets were filed simply to embarrass Billips and for no other purpose.” In other words, Deen is being belligerent.

Deen, meanwhile, is being charged with her frequent use of the word “nigger,” and for making offensive jokes. She said, “It’s just what they are – they’re jokes .. most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, blackfolks,..I can’t determine what offends another person.”

Perhaps what’s more offensive is the charge that her brother sexually harassed Lisa Jackson for five years, and also watched pornography on the work computer. The two are being sued for $1.2 million dollars.

06-20-2013



When in court, do as the lawyers do. That goes even for football players. Chad Johnson, formerly known as Ochocinco, was asked by Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh whether he was satisfied with his lawyer. His attorney had been negotiating things so the athlete would not have to spend time in jail despite head-butting reality TV star and ex wife Evelyn Lozada, and breaking the terms of his probation. In response, he said he was satisfied, and then slapped his lawyer’s butt, as athletes do to each other on the field. The court laughed, but the judged did not.

“I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously. I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about what’s going on here today?” demanded the judge. “The whole courtroom was laughing. I’m not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn’t a joke.”

Johnson failed to appease her with his apology. “This is your courtroom. I have no intent to make this a joke. It’s not funny. My life is in shambles right now and I try my best to laugh and keep a smile on my face.”

No dice, pal. She hauled him away for probation violation and determined he had to spend it in jail.



06-11-2013


President Barack Obama has selected a top Bush lawyer to head the FBI, and this is expected to please both parties.

James Comey comes with great credentials, such as working for the Department of
Justice and as top persecutor of the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern
District of New York. But what he is most known for, and the reason, perhaps,
he was chosen for the role, was his heroic denouncement of the White House
during the scandal when incapacitated and bed-stricken Attorney General John
Ashcroft was pressured to reauthorize an electronic-surveillance program that
the Justice Department lawyers had decided was illegal.

So though he donated to John McCain’s and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, his resistance to warrantless wiretaps, and his criticism of “enhanced interrogation technique,” – which amounts to torture – have made him respected by both parties. He was willing, in the fiasco, to put his job on the line, and threatened to resign. Now he is expected to be the White House’s formal nomination for the head of the FBI, after Robert Mueller steps down, as law requires, after serving as its head since just before the 9/11 attackers struck.He will be leading the FBI as it struggles with the issue of prosecuting domestic terrorists, including the travails of the Boston Marathon Bombing.



05-31-2013


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