Nevada Judge Rejects New Trial For Jailed O.J. Simpson

The judge said the fallen football great is not entitled to a new trial for his 2008 convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson is serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in the crimes.

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Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/26/247427180/nevada-judge-rejects-new-trial-for-jailed-o-j-simpson?ft=1&f=1070

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Focus on Privacy: The Facebook Internet Tracking Case

Back in May of 2012, Facebook was sued for $15 billion for improperly tracking users even after they logged off the social network. Digital Detectives co-hosts, Sharon D. Nelson, Esq., President of Sensei Enterprises, Inc.,and John W. Simek, Vice President of Sensei Enterprises, join Attorney David Straite, partner at Stewarts Law U.S. LLP, Head of Investor Protection Litigation and co-lead counsel in the Facebook Internet Tracking Case, to discuss the main issues of this case including: digital privacy litigation, the current statutory and common law involved in this case, calculation of damages and the future of digital privacy rights.

Source: http://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/digital-detectives/2012/07/focus-on-privacy-the-facebook-internet-tracking-case/

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Dude Must Have A Helluva Lawyer

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Unless there is something the reporter is holding back (or didn’t bother to find out), this lawyer did one helluva job for his client. What did he do? Read this, as reported by http://www.reviewonline (East Liverpool, Ohio):

Jason Cope, 38, Silliman Street, pleaded guilty to OVI second offense, attempting to use deception to obtain dangerous drugs and falsification. Additionally he stipulated to a probation violation charge.

Do you know how much jail time he got for these four offenses? Zippy. Squadoosh. Nada. He had already been …

… sentenced in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court to six months in prison on Monday for a felony receiving stolen property charge …

As for the four offenses mentioned above?

Judge Mark Frost sentenced Cope to 120 days in jail for the probation violation and 180 days in jail for each of the other three charges, but allowed Cope to serve them concurrently to his prison charge. He was granted credit for 16 days already served.

Additionally, Frost suspended Cope’s license for two years and fined him $1,175.

You can read more – but nothing that will explain this head-scratcher – here.

Source: http://rss.justia.com/~r/LegalJuiceCom/~3/8GRhfEhcEvg/asf-2.html

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Ageism Is Not the Answer for the Legal Profession

For the 2013 academic year, law school admissions were headed for a 30-year low, a decline driven by student worries about rising tuition, debt load and unemployment after graduation. Potential law students increasingly understand that today it is a fool’s gamble to spend many thousands of dollars in the hope of getting a well-paying job at the end of three years, and as they pursue other careers the legal profession will shrink.

Demographics present another way to reduce the supply of lawyers. There are more than 1.2 million lawyers in the United States, at least half of them sole practitioners and some 400,000 poised to retire by the year 2020. To suggest that this latter group should be treated differently from any other group in the organized bar would create allegations of ageism and prohibited discrimination. However, a metric that is applicable to all lawyers, such as “competence in professional skills,” is safer ground. Of course, if this metric also achieves the basic goal of reducing the number of lawyers, by implying that older lawyers are less competent to serve clients, so much the better.

The problem with this metric is that it is never applied uniformly. If we look at new lawyers, those who have been admitted to practice for three years or less, there will undoubtedly be many who are not “competent,” despite the fact that they have passed the bar exam. What is the competence metric for “older” lawyers? Do they have to pass another bar exam? If yes why should age be the factor that determines whether they have to take a new examination? If not, what might it be? There is no examination at anywhere in the time spectrum of a lawyer’s career that requires such an examination.

It is the rare lawyer who has not thought at some point, “My opponent is not very good.”  Often this is another way of saying, “My opponent doesn’t seem very competent.” This is impressionistic only, but to be valid it must be applied throughout the entire career life cycle.

It is not accurate to automatically assume that older lawyers are more careless, have too many distractions and make too many errors leading to discipline.  Young lawyers are closer to the teaching of the rules of professional conduct than are the older lawyers. But, that does not assure that all younger lawyers are competent to offer the advice they’re asked for … and, with MCLE, older lawyers generally keep their skills up. Regardless of lawyers’ ages, the majority of the complaints against the profession relate to careless dealings with clients… Age is not a determining factor in such a scenario.

 

Source: http://feeds.lexblog.com/~r/LawBizBlog/~3/o_iNRsaqxWQ/

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