Three Years In: Dealing With Potential Clients on the Internet

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I get a lot of strange emails and phone calls from people who find me on the Internet. A woman wrote me the other day looking for help with all sorts of different legal problems – from personal… Read More

On “Constructive Venting” And Wayne My Investigator

Jefferson Memorial

Seth Godin writes about a friend of his, a middle school teacher, who avoided the teacher’s lounge because “he couldn’t bear the badmouthing of students, the whining and the blaming”: Just about every organization, every on-line service, every… Read More

“Call My Accuser Before My Face . . .”

Jefferson Memorial

The Proof of the Common Law is by witness and jury:  let Cobham he here, let him speak it.  Call my accuser before my face . . . — Sir Walter Raleigh It is always difficult to predict… Read More

I Feel The Pain of Everything. Then I Feel Nothing.

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He was the angry and alienated younger brother of my best friend while I was growing up. My mother sent me newspaper clippings about him when he was a member of a grunge rock band of local renown…. Read More

Why Prosecutors Love Social Media

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This, from Prosecutor’s Discretion, says it much more persuasively than I ever could: Facebook, Twitter, Myspace (anyone use that anymore?), google+.  I’m on record by saying I love them all. People need to brag about their crimes and what better… Read More

Eleven Rules for Effective Writing (aka “How to Write Good”)

Here are 11 rules for effective writing, with thanks to Kendall Gray of The Appellate Recordfor reminding me of them: Avoid alliteration. Always. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid clichés like the plague.  (They’re old… Read More

New Lawsuit Alleging Military Rape Filed in Federal Court

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The Associated Press reported on the lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in San Francisco alleging that current and former members of the U.S. military were sexually assaulted while serving: The 20 women and men filing the lawsuit… Read More

Acta Exteriora Indicant Interiora Secreta

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Today’s legal maxim is not particularly eloquent, in either Latin (acta exteriora indicant interiora secreta) or English (“outward acts indicate the thoughts hidden within”). But I include it today because it deals with intent, which is a key… Read More

Achilles Now. Poseidon Too.

He was the best octopus hunter in Tolo. It was always an honor whenever he sent one of us boys out to the kiosk to buy him cigarettes:  Karelia ke spirta, parakalo. It was an even bigger honor if… Read More

Meet the Girlfriend

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My older son brought his girlfriend home to meet the parents. Actually, he came home from college to take care of some personal business and he brought the woman he is seeing along with him. But it has… Read More