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Court Lets Confusion Reign in Child Porn Restitution Cases

This wasn't an easy question. If you want to see how difficult the question of the proper means for calculating restitution for child pornography victims is, see the many, many, many different approaches taken by courts over the last few years. It all comes down to the impossibility of making......

Santa Clara Sheriff's Deputies Caught On Tape Planting Evidence

What do you think when a defendant claims that the cops planted evidence, that he or she was framed. Bull crap, right? We know, like Shawshank, everyone's innocent. And seriously, why would cops risk their careers and livelihood to put some low-level junkie in jail on an "under the influence"......

Second Challenge to Wisconsin's Act 10 Fails, Law Is Constitutional

The protests, and dramatic exit of Wisconsin State Senate Democrats, surrounding the legislation of Wisconsin's Act 10 in 2011 are still fresh in our memory, yet they occurred three years ago. The controversial act has already been before the Seventh Circuit on constitutional grounds, and the challenges failed. This week,......

Lawyer Lessons From The Bard or 'Guess Who Just Turned 450'

Since it is Shakespeare's birthday, we wanted to talk about lessons from the Bard. He was, at least in one play, a great supporter of lawyers. The famous quote "first, let's kill all the lawyers" actually praises lawyers. It comes from Henry VI and is spoken by a bad guy,......

25 Terrible Gift Ideas for Administrative Professionals Day

It's Administrative Professionals Day! You didn't forget, did you? It's okay -- you're new to practice. Well, you still have a little bit of time. How about shopping on your lunch break? In fact, we have a few gift ideas that can help. Of course, since this is last-minute, we......

Did This Chinese Startup Just Make The Dream Smartphone?

If a friend were to ask for an affordable smartphone recommendation today, my initial response would be "Nexus." In fact, that would be the gut response of most tech geeks, as Google's own devices receive software updates before anyone else, are reasonably priced, and are typically at or near the......

What to Do When Your Law Firm Merges With Another

One of the emerging trends resulting from the legal market slump of the past few years is law firm mergers. While the largest law firm merger between Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae went down in infamy and lead to the eventual new firm's bankruptcy, mergers are still......

Religion in Schools -- Permissible Prohibition or Free Speech Violation?

The dust has finally settled around the controversy over student speech in the "I Heart Boobies" bracelet case, and now another school in the Third Circuit has come under fire for potentially violating a student's right to free speech. Though there's never a clear line drawn as to what kind......

DOJ Announces Clemency Program For Nonviolent Drug Offenders

First came the Fair Sentencing Act reform. Then came disputes over whether crack sentencing reform was retroactive. Now, a third wave of relief for nonviolent drug offenders is on the way, after Attorney General Eric Holder, the Obama administration, and the Department of Justice announced that a new clemency program that......

3 Things Inventors Wish Their Patent Counsel Would Do

Here's something to know when you are working with inventors: they don't want to be there. Your typical engineer-inventors don't have a huge incentive to do the patent paperwork. It's the company that stands to make the big profit. For the inventors, it's little more than documentation. Inventors are focused......

Attorneys: a Mechanical Keyboard Might Relieve Your Typing Pain

Remember the old IBM Selectric typewriter? The keys felt great, it made satisfying clicking sounds and no one ever complained of repetitive strain injuries. Don't you wish you could type on your computer using an old Selectric? Oh, you haven't heard of the IBM Selectric? Well, whippersnapper, have you heard......

Kill Law School? This Guy Might be On (to) Something

A recent law graduate writes an article called, "The case for killing law school." What's your first thought? Probably dismissal -- crazy folks spouting nonsense. But his argument, which boils down to (paraphrasing here) "lawyers make it hard to become lawyers to protect their massive salaries," and which takes UC......

Heading to Court? 5 Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Are you a new criminal defense attorney? A new prosecutor? If you are, you'll be in court a lot and the hassles can really "try" your patience. Since we have been there, done that, we put together five tips to make your life a bit easier.......

Advising Your Client on Proper Court Room Conduct: 4 Easy Tips

So much of what we write about at FindLaw has to do with giving advice to attorneys -- but what about your clients? We recently heard about a judge who lost his cool and yelled at a woman convicted of violently killing her boyfriend and stated "I hope you die......

Lululemon Shareholder Lawsuit Dismissed, No Fraud Just Puffery

Back in February we mentioned a pending shareholder lawsuit brought by Lululemon shareholders against the company. They claimed that during the class action period, September 7, 2012 and January 10, 2014, Lululemon mislead and defrauded shareholders, reports Reuters. Last Friday, District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, of the District Court for......

108 Page Headache: Plurality Upholds Michigan's Aff. Action Ban

One hundred and eight pages. A 3-2-1-2 split, with a separate concurrence and a recusal. Justice Breyer sided with the conservative wing of the court. Justice Sotomayor wrote for 57 pages in dissent, and got personal with the other justices, leading to a two-page separate concurrence/rebuttal by Chief Justice Roberts.......

SCOTUS Won't Review AZ Immigrant Harboring Case; Bail Denial Argued

Arizona: the proving ground for state immigration and abortion laws. We've seen a lot of movement on Arizona abortion cases lately, and on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to intervene in an ongoing challenge to the state's illegal immigrant harboring statute, which means the injunction, which currently blocks enforcement of......

Grants: Search, Career Criminal, and the Infamous Israel Passport

More Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA) cases? Say it ain't so, SCOTUS. Alas, a criminal with a white supremacist career, and a lot of arms, just made his way to the High Court, along with another criminal case, which involves the police finding bliss (and a permissible search) in ignorance. And......

Should Your Client Take Acting Lessons?

Oscar Pistorius, now on trial for murdering his girlfriend, has become famous for his outward signs of grief and anguish, including weeping and throwing up. Are the tears genuine? Is the vomit mere crocodile vomit? Who can tell? But he is putting on such a show that he's just been......

Confirmation Bias Against Black Associates Shown in Memo Study

Study after study on implicit bias has shown that, when it comes down to it, we're all racists. Some studies use word association and split-second reactions to show that people are subconsciously racist -- that is, they tend to associate positive words with Caucasians, and negative words with African Americans.......

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