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31
Jan

Legal Links

Family of Jordan Davis files civil complaint against suspected killer, Michael Dunn (FCN)

Florida Supreme Court loosen lawyer advertising rules (WOKV)

San Fran QB Kaepernick has never met his birth mother, has no plans to (ESPN)

Shooting suspect found dead after fatal attack on opposing lawyer and client (ABA)

Rumor Alert: LeBron’s agent and childhood friend has reportedly discussed bringing the King back to Cleveland (Yahoo)

Positive news for law students, “3 Law School Trends to Look for in 2013″ (US News)

31
Jan

Winter X Games Snowmobiler Dies After Crash

The world of extreme sports has suffered a great loss in the death of Caleb Moore. “Caleb ap-winter-x-snowmobiler-injured-4_3_r536_c534Moore, an innovative freestyle snowmobile rider who was hurt in a dramatic crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25,” the Associated Press reports, “Moore had been staying at a hospital in Grand Junction since the crash in Aspen one week before. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death, the first in the 18 year history of the X Games.” Read more…

Here is the video of the incident:

31
Jan

Texas Prosecutor Fatally Shot Outside Courthouse

WFAA-TV in Dallas has reported that a Kaufman County assistant district attorney was fatally shot in the courthouse parking lot Thursday by two masked men. The two suspects have not been arrested or identified. According to WFAA, the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said the suspects ambushed the victim and shot him multiple times on his way in to court, WFAA reported. Read More… 

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31
Jan

Videos of the Week

It Thursday again, which means its time for Courts & Sports favorite legal/sports related videos of the week. It also means that your only one day away from the weekend. Hang in there!

Robbery victim shot in the eye, but mostly upset that The Rock beat CM Punk in the WWE title match.


 

Man arrested for giving people wedgies. This is a slightly outdated story, but worth watching.

 

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31
Jan

Legal Links

Your daily dose of links to the latest stories about courts and sports.

Judge denies Jerry Sandusky’s bid for new trial (Yahoo)

Baseball Agent Takes To Twitter In Campaign To Promote His Client (SAB)

Good news for law students, “3 Law School Trends to Look for in 2013” (US News)

Seahawks Leroy Hill arrested for assault (ESPN)

Super Bowl rivalry is not only Bro v. Bro, but Father v. Son (Reuters)

Salesman who called out Ray Lewis for antler doping, calls out ‘Bama (ESPN)

Group of friends have a 23-year intricate game of tag going. Tags a sport right? (NBC)

Dr. Phil says man behind Te’o hoax fell “deeply in love” with Te’o (Fox Sports)

 

25
Jan

Man Shot While Flying Over Jax on New Year’s Eve

In an attempt to get the best possible view of Jacksonvilles’s New Year’s Eve fireworks, pilot Graham Hill decided to take his girlfriend on a flight over the Bold City. Unfortunately, as Hill flew over EverBank Field, some genius decided that carelessly firing his weapon into the air at the stroke of midnight was the best way to spread the joy of the new year.

To the surprise of many, aimlessly firing a deadly weapon turned out to be a terrible idea. The stray bullet not only hit Hill’s plane, but hit Hill’s head. “We were just north of the football stadium, at 1,200 feet when there was a loud pop,” Hill said, “And that’s when I noticed the bullet hole… I felt blood running down my neck.” Read the entire story here.

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17
Jan

Uh’Oh Te’o

by SamInJax

Breaking News!!! Lance Armstrong, Manti Te’o and his ghostfriend ghoulfriend girlfriend to move into a studio appartment together and film a reality show. Oprah will host.

One reader, Derek J., commented, “I can see it now, Manti comes home to find Lance on the couch making out with the cushions. Manti yells, “LANCE!! THAT’S MY GIRL!!” Lance yells back, “I DIDN’T DO IT.”

Just kidding. Thats not true. I made it up. Well the reader comment is real. The rest is false.

Sorry. I am working on scheduling a daytime talk show to make a public apology, stay tuned.

Here is the true story of what is going on with the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax.

As you all know by now, Notre Dame line backer Manti Te’o is being questioned after his girlfriend, whom he claimed had passed away, never really existed.  For details on the full story, click here.

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NBCNews.com released an article laying out nine discrepancies surrounding the Manti Te’o dilemma. Here is the full article below.

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News

College football star Manti Te’o says he was the victim of a cruel hoax, an elaborate scheme in which he fell for an imaginary girlfriend named Lennay Kekua and mourned her when she died of leukemia.

But he still has a lot of explaining to do.

The narrative crafted before and after the expose is full of conflicting information and holes bigger than those in Notre Dame’s defensive line during its loss to Alabama.

If Te’o wants the public to believe that he was nothing more than a dupe, here are some of the questions and inconsistencies he’ll need to clear up.

1. Notre Dame says that Te’o never met Kekua, that their relationship was strictly online and by phone. But the player’s father gave the South Bend Tribune a detailed account of how the couple first met at a Stanford game in Palo Alto in 2009 and rendez-voused in Hawaii after becoming a couple in early 2012. And Te’o himself told ESPN that she was the “most beautiful girl I ever met.

2. Te’o called Kekua “the love of my life.” His parents said they believed they would get married. Yet if Notre Dame’s account is to be believed, they never met even once, or even Skyped. It beggars belief.

3. Before her leukemia “diagnosis,” Kekua supposedly was nearly killed in a car accident. But published profiles of Te’o have conflicting dates — late 2011, last January, or as recently as April. Why the discrepancies?

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16
Jan

Mid-Week Motivation

So far from Monday, yet so far from Friday. The uncanny gap in time, the hurdle that stands between you, your paycheck and playoff football. The probably-worse-than-Monday-day called Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday wore you down, Thursday and Friday still lay ahead, taunting you from their late week thrones. So to lift you up, before you go, Courts & Sports would like to hit you with a little Mid-week motivation.

Quote:

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”          -Winston Churchill

“I was never the popular kid growing up. In fact, I was often the bullied one. As my family traveled across this country, I always looked for the eyes of kids like me who were underestimated; yet smiled. And I still do. I have nothing to prove to any of you. You don’t either. Prove it to yourself. Don’t let life live you. Live it.” – John M. Phillips, Courts & Sports

Video:

Uncomfortable v. Exhaustion

 

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived”

 

The Baddest

 

Song:

A cheesy song, agreed, but the lyrical quality is there.

It’s your life, live it. Start today.

 

Picture:

When faced with a task that seems too difficult, a deadline that is coming up quick, or you have peers, a boss or co-workers doubting you, just think of this picture and remind yourself, “Don’t worry, I’ve got this.”

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Want more Motivation? Here is one of the best motivational videos out there.

13
Jan

Tebow 1, Peyton 0, Big Bro Trolls Fans.


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Tim Tebow has one post season win as a Bronco, and as of Saturday, Peyton Manning has zero. While this has little weight on America’s opinion when comparing the two quarterbacks, it will be a hot topic with the media, especially in Denver and in Tebow’s hometown of Jacksonville.

To fuel the fire, Tebow’s older brother, as any good big bro would do, took to Twitter to get his two cents in, tweeting, “Am I the only one in Denver who’s happy right now?

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Last week, new Jags GM David Caldwell said, “I can’t imagine a scenario where he’d be a Jacksonville Jaguar, even if he’s released.”

Tebow is lost and may never be found. The former Heisman winner has gone from the Mile-High’s prodigal son to getting lost in the bustle of the Big Apple. The former Gator may not get a chance to start in an NFL game for at least another season, if not forever.

One comment on an NBCSports.com article, from user jaxisgreat, “Didn’t the Broncos win a playoff game last year?” received 436 likes from readers.

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So maybe I was wrong, maybe Tebow leading the Broncos over the Steelers in ’11, and Peyton losing his first playoff game as a non-colt, does carry weight in the eyes of football fans.

So the questions of the day – what effect did Peyton’s loss have on Tebow’s stock value, if any? What value does Tebow still have in the eyes of a quarterback or media hungry team?

John M. Phillips, the other half of Courts & Sports Radio, has a strong opinion on where Tebow stands:

I am tired of the Tebow hype, entirely. He once was a good humble kid, who’d do anything on the field- and could do anything on the field. He humbly accepted a refined role as a Freshman and it won him a national championship. He then became the prototype of Urban Meyer’s offense and had great success in college- becoming one of the best ever to play college football.  Something changed.

I was at the Senior Bowl that year.  I saw it with my own eyes.
The Jaguars wanted him, the Broncos wanted Read more »

12
Jan

Lance Armstrong to Admit to Doping in Interview

According to USA Today, Lance Armstrong plans to admit to using performance enhancing drugs and apologize to his fans in an upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview will be taped on Monday and is set to air this Thursday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. It has been reported that Armstrong will focus on apologizing for his misconduct. He will not, however, provide details of the events that lead up to the US Anti-Doping Agency stripping Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles.

Armstrong apologizes to Livestrong

In 2012 the US Anti-Doping Agency released a report that resulted in not only the revocation of the Cyclist’s seven Tour de France titles, but also banning Armstrong from the sport for life.

Armstrong sent a text to The Associated Press saying, “I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That’s all I can say.”

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However, Armstrong’s doping situation is different from the doping cases sports fans have become somewhat accustomed to in other professional sports, specifically, baseball.

In contrast to similar situations–like that with former Major League Baseball great, and current MLB batting coach, Mark McGwire, admitting to the use of steroids–Americans are having trouble sympathizing for the tarnished cycling great.  Read more »

12
Jan

Mr. And Mrs. Kobe Call Off Divorce

 

Apparently, Kobe Bryant and his wife were contemplating divorce, but have since called it off and mended their marriage. The Bryants took to their favorite social media platforms to announce that the they are back together in marital bliss. Kobe made the announcement on facebook while his wife, Vanessa, made her announcement on Instagram.

Kobe’s facebook post informed followers, “I am happy to say that Vanessa and I are moving on with our lives together as a family. When the show ends and the music stops, the journey is made beautiful by having that someone to share it with. Thank you all for your support and prayers! Much luv, Mamba out.”

Kobe also, as of today, decided to jump on the Twitter wagon. Which means you can look forward to tweets ending with third-person call tags. “Mamba out.”

It’s interesting that Kobe has facebook followers “praying” for his marriage. But then again, there’s this guy:

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This may not only be good news for Kobe’s most dedicated supporters, but to Lakers fans in general. Kobe and friends have struggled, and fans can only hope that Kobe’s prior pending divorce woes are partially to blame. The Lakers, who this offseason put together an all-star cast by supplementing Kobe and company with Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, are off to a less than stellar start. The Lake Show, 15-20, have been given a .1 percent chance of winning the championship this year by basketballreferance.com…

…Intern Sam out

Heres the full story at ESPN.com

12
Jan

Former Outfielder Milton Bradley Charged With Assault

Milton Bradley, the former All-Star outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners could face up to 13 years in prison after being charged with assaulting his estranged wife.

Bradley, 34, who had a career batting average of .271, and a career high batting average of .328 in 2008, was charged on Thursday with 13 misdemeanor counts of assault with a deadly weapon, vandalism and dissuading a witness from making a report, according to ESPN.com.

wedge-and-bradley Prosecutors claim that the center fielder attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. Bradley was arrested twice in 2011 for assaulting his wife. In one attack, Bradley allegedly choked his wife after she asked Bradley to stop smoking marijuana in front of her children. Prosecutors have stated that Bradley threatened his wife with a baseball bat and a knife, threatening, “You’ll be dead b—- before you divorce me.”

Bradley’s attorney, Harland Braun responded to the charges, “My client denies it, I’ve talked to him already. He said, ‘She’s making up stories. I don’t know what she’s talking about.'”

See the full story here