A regularly updated guide to random legal news that I find interesting -- and hope you will too. And links! Always links!


Friday, May 30, 2003

Southern California Jury Convicts Attorney on Three Counts

"Glendora attorney John F. Watkins, 61, faces a maximum sentence of four years, four months after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to obstruct justice, conspiracy to stalk and perjury by declaration, prosecutor Larry Roberts said." Read all about this very bizarre case here.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Wanted Man Caught on 'Kiss Cam' Arrested

I think this one speaks for itself.
Reporter Jailed for Going Behind Judge's Bench

A newspaper reporter covering a murder trial in Macon, Georgia was fired after the judge sentenced him to two days in jail for twice going behind the judge's bench during breaks in the trial, it says here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

"Quinn's Quest"

The Recorder has just published a very long "feature" article about the L.A.-based litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges. Although Quinn does not sound like a place I would like to work as an associate (it sounds like "type A personality" central), I found the article fascinating.
A Court of Civility and Controversial Conservatism

The Christian Science Monitor has just published this interesting article about the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The author speculates that the Fourth Circuit might be a likely source of any new Supreme Court appointments.
Lawyer's Disbarment Means New Trial For Murder Suspect Client

"What happens when your lawyer gets disbarred three weeks before your trial and, without letting you know about this development, goes on to defend you anyway?" The New York Lawyer answers that question here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Divided Court Rules For Police On Miranda

It took six separate opinions for a divided Supreme Court to rule that a California police officer did not violate the constitutional rights of a wounded suspect who was questioned without having his Miranda rights read to him. Those rights say in part, "You have the right to remain silent." "But justices never answered a central question in the case: whether law enforcement officials can be held liable if they coerce self-incriminating information, including confessions, out of defendants when those statements are never used in court," CNN reports here. You can read the opinion in the case of Oliverio Martinez here.


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