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Detained Immigrant Sues Sheriff Arpaio, Claims She Was Shackled During C-Section

A detained immigrant claims in a lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio that she was shackled during a C-section in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Miriam Mendiola-Martinez was pregnant when she was arrested on an identity theft charge for using someone else’s identity to obtain a cleaning job at Dillard’s department store, KPHO reports. […]

Law Prof Urges Not Guilty Vote in Pot Cases, Supports Man Arrested for Nullification Advocacy

George Washington University law professor Paul Butler has been urging jurors to vote not guilty in nonviolent drug cases since 1995. “If you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote ‘not guilty’—even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult,” Butler […]

Man Charged in Wife’s Murder Can Use Retirement Funds to Pay Defense Lawyer, Judge Rules

Charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of his wife last month, a Wisconsin man has been granted permission by a judge to withdraw $37,000 from a retirement account to pay his defense lawyer. Earlier this month, a Fond du Lac Circuit Court judge restrained Jason E. Anderson, 35, from using funds from the marital […]

Around the Blawgosphere: Journalists, Watch Your Language, Prof Says; ‘Groupons’ for Lawyers?

Reporting on Sex Abuse Cases At The Crime Report, ex-prosecutor and adjunct prof Wendy Murphy writes that the language used in media coverage of the Penn State child sex abuse case has been “universally inappropriate.” Murphy runs New England Law | Boston’s Judicial Language Project, which “aims to identify language in judicial opinions that inappropriately […]

2011 Holiday Gifts for Lawyers: Harvey Birdman, Red-Tape Cuff Links, Bobbleheads and Tech Toys

Some law-related gifts might be poorly thought out: A crystal gavel is just asking to be shattered. For people who want to get a jump on their Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping, here is a small selection of gifts for the lawyers in your life. As one of America’s most beloved lawyers, Abraham Lincoln’s […]

Around the Blawgosphere: New Bitter Lawyer Web Series About Document Reviewers

The Gunners, the Dreamers and Me Those who mourned the end of Living the Dream—a 12-episode Web series created by lawyer-turned-TV writer Rick Eid that focused on newbie associate Nick Conley that appeared in Bitter Lawyer’s first incarnation—have something to look forward to: Bitter Lawyer’s premiere of The Bottom Rung, a Web series centered around […]

What Judge Would You Like to Watch on TV, And Why?

This week, we noted that the husband of Judith Sheindlin, better known as TV’s Judge Judy, has landed a role on a pilot for a scripted series. Gerald Sheindlin is a retired Bronx judge who also appeared on television as a judge on The People’s Court from 1999 to 2001. While some readers may remember […]

Can Citizens Use Cellphones to Record Cops? Joining 1st Circuit, Oregon Appeals Court Says Yes

Arrests of individuals who record police as they are being questioned have been much in the news lately. Among the latest to be criminally charged is a Florida man is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $4,500 bail for allegedly recording officers on his iPhone after a traffic stop. Carl […]

Judge Judy’s Husband Steps Up to the Bench in TV Pilot

Judge Judy’s husband, retired Bronx judge Gerald Sheindlin, is shooting a pilot episode for a proposed TV show called Erroneous Convictions. The New York Daily News describes the show as a “dramedy” that includes the humor of the courtroom and the twists and turns of trials. Sheindlin, 77, plays a “cantankerous jurist,” the story says. […]

‘Plank’ Prank Posted Online Gets Man, 19, Convicted of Disorderly Conduct

Alexander Hart apparently thought it would be amusing to be photographed, lying straight as a board, in various locations such as the top of an automatic teller machine and a Walmart merchandise display.

But a judge in Wisconsin was not amused, convicting the 19-year-old of disorderly conduct for “planking” and fining him $303, reports the […]