What do Kevin Ware, Marcus Lattimore & Tyrone Prothro have in Common? The NCAA’s Unfair Benefit Policy
What do Kevin Ware, Marcus Lattimore & Tyrone Prothro have in Common? The NCAA’s Unfair Benefit Policy
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES
I just witnessed this…
and hadn’t even gotten over this yet…
Lex & Terry- March Edition of Lex & Terry’s Lawyer Answering Listener Questions
By John M. Phillips
Every month, I get to join my good friend and clients, Lex & Terry to answer listener questions nationwide. Even though I only practice in Florida, Georgia and Alabama and primarily practice in personal injury and wrongful death, I love this segment every month and giving my best to point people in the right direction and Lex and Terry like to poke fun at some of their listeners. This month, we answered questions on criminal law (expungement, restoration of civil rights and battery), personal injury and many more. It is all meant to live by the Courts & Sports motto- Listen. Learn. And Laugh. And we have been doing it for a while.
The Lex and Terry Radio Network is heard weekday mornings on over 30 US radio stations and nationwide on XM152.
Click here to listen- Lexandterrymarch13.
You are up, China… if your leaders let you accept this challenge…
By John M. Phillips
China- No Facebook. No Twitter. No YouTube. The Chinese government employs software and thousands of officials to police the Internet to restrict its citizens. China has some “social” media, but it is such that the companies face strict penalties if they do not adhere to the government’s strict standards.
Google tried to enter the market, but left China. Even former Google China head Kaifu Lee is often booted off “Sina” and “Tencent Weibo” (the social media they do have) for criticizing “Jike,” the government run search engine. Kaifu Lee has had some 20 posts deleted which criticized the thousands of rotting pig carcases found floating in the rivers of Shanghai. Other activists also frequently speak out, “Sometimes freedom of speech doesn’t exist in China, but you should practice freedom of speech as if it existed,” said Zhao Jing, a Chinese blogger and journalist known as Michael Anti.
Imagine Bill Gates getting kicked off of Twitter because he tweeted a critique of the government or Mark Zuckerburg being told he was going to have to get off of the internet for a few days for “conduct unbecoming” the internet. It’s something we all take for granted. We even abuse it. “The troll,” the name for anonyous posters has even made traditional media outlets in Jacksonville, Florida take action.
Despite the “troll,” our speech is mostly free. With a few exceptions, the First Amendment bars federal, state, and local governments from directly censoring the Internet here. The United States government does block a few sites, but mostly we are pretty open and the web is pretty worldwide. U.S. companies are prohibited from doing business, including those that regulate internet access with certain companies, such as certain European travel agent sites advertising travel to Cuba and others deemed especially harmful.
So, in courtsandsports’ quest to take over the world and show we are all connected, we have added Greenland, and now, China is the next largest land mass we are missing on our map and you, China, are in our sights. We can’t facebook or tweet them. We aren’t even sure how we will get this little (English) message in a bottle over there, but we will try (2013)… and try again (2014)…
So, it turns out China may block the ability for its hits to be counted. Are you out there China? Did you clicks not make a sound?
“It’s definitely one of those fraternities you wouldn’t want to be a part of…” -Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father
“It’s definitely one of those fraternities you wouldn’t want to be a part of…”
-Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father
Ben Crump, the attorney for Trayvon Martin’s family, and I are the only two people who have seen both Ron Davis and Tracy Martin meet in person for the first time at Trayvon Martin’s Remembrance AND see Lucia McBath and Sybrina Fulton meet in person for the first time at the Black Male Re-Invented Conference. To say these moments were powerful- is not doing them justice. To say those hugs were moving- is not giving them enough credit. In fact, there are few words which can describe seeing such uniting of tragedy and perseverance, up close, from the outside. And seeing 4 people, who share such unspeakable tragedy as the unnecessary and criminal loss of a child is… indescribable. Read more
Above my desk is a framed newspaper, “The Wayne County News,” dated August 30, 1934. In it, my great grandfather, Arthur George Busby ,was announced as the “first Wayne County man ever to serve as a Circuit Judge.” He carried every county in the District. He served proudly as he had his legal career before he was elected. He was fair and saw past color or wealth even in an age and place where that was uncommon. He died on the Bench serving the people of Mississippi on September 11, 1948, at age 57. I never knew him. My mother spoke very highly of him. My son bears his name.
I wish I had chronicled every story my mother ever told, written a book which made Harper Lee’s character from To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, seem like the mere fictional character he was. I wish I could get to know him and talk law with him. Yet, he shaped me without one word between us. He shaped me though my mother’s lore and the stories I was able to read and hear. And he is not the only one. Read more
Careful Carl from the Game Operation Takes a Fall- a Parody Law Video by Intern Sam
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?- a Parody Law Video by Intern Sam
Weebles Wobble, But They Don’t Fall Down… to Justice- a Parody Law Video by Intern Sam
Mr. Potato Head is a Victim of Medical Malpractice- a Parody Law Video by Intern Sam
Amanda Knox Ordered Back to Italy for 3rd Trial- What is the Amanda Knox Story All About?
-A Primer and Opinion by John M. Phillips
This week, American Amanda Knox was ordered to come back to Italy and stand trial, again, for the murder of her roommate by Italy’s top criminal court. However, there is little the country can do to force her to return for the new hearings regarding the 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox has recently slammed prosecutors and vowed to fight on. Since her release from prison in 2011, Knox has resumed her studies in Seattle and has a book coming out in April. Read more
Seize and Desist- Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Auction Coming Soon
Remember those ads that used to say you could buy a luxury car for $100? Or a Rolex watch for $5? All you had to do was send $9.99 in for a book which basically told you about government surplus and seizure auctions. It looked something like this-
Well there was SOME truth to it and it starts with a little bit of law-
Under Florida Statute 932.7055, entitled, “Disposition of liens and forfeited property,” once the authorities obtain a final judgment granting forfeiture of property, it may (a) retain it for agency use; (b) sell it to the highest bidder or (c) salvage, trade or donate to a public or nonprofit organization.
Well, Jacksonville is about to have one. If you dream of wearing BLING that will make your chiropractor mad or enough gold to hire your own employee to flip a sign outside of your driveway, you are in luck. Want to own a Lamborghini driven by a degenerate with traces of lord knows what on the console? Now is your time! On Thursday, April 4, 2013, at 10 a.m., at EverBank Field-Metro Park, Parking Lot F, on Gator Bowl Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida, you will get your chance.
The Lamborghini’s minimum bid is $70,000. No matter what the auctioneer says, I will not believe this low-mileage beauty was a “one-owner” vehicle driven by a little granny on Sundays to Church. And I am already in sticker shock, as the NADA values are way less. I mean, the fact that it was used by someone who got it confiscated probably means it might be no greater than “Average Retail” and I have a hard time believing the odometer is correct or that there may not be some human DNA in the tru– errr, glovebox.
And, frankly, I am way too secure in my manhood to even bid on this one. I mean it’s yellow. And did I mention the prior owner? What self-respecting criminal has a yellow Lamborghini? If Lance Armstrong and 50 Cent had a baby, maybe that’d be his car. Otherwise, I am not so sure. I might just go to see the bidding war. I can picture it now. Sorry, I just vomited.
If every kiss begins with (K)ay, I am not sure what these diamond stud earrings will bring. You can get the same pair, without the stigma of a police auction, for less. I can hear it now, “You got these WHERE?” If you thought Kay was bad (some ladies do), this is worse. Trust me. Do not bring these home as a gift if you paid retail. And find a box from another store and just lie about where you got them. I will sell you one from Underwoods or Tiffanys if the price is right. You will need a lawyer and I will charge you more knowing you were that gullible if you get caught passing these off as a gift.
And, I am going to pour some out for my homie, E.T. He got all of his stuff taken and it all has his initials on it to prove it. I don’t know what you did or who you are, E.T., but man did you like some ugly jewelry. E.T. might be phoning home from jail these days and his arm is a lot lighter with out his “moon bracelet.” I wonder if the same bidder is going to go for the trifecta, as he has three pieces up for bid.
His ring is twice as ugly. It’s got mad diamonds, I will give you that. Unless it is pieced out for the stones, what are the odds it will -EVER- be worn as is? How many people have those initials and lack of sense of style. I mean I only know of ONE who isn’t in jail. And I don’t think he’s even try and pull that off (the ultimate inside joke).
And the moon pendant? This was one pimped out Extra Terrestrial! 600 diamonds? Oh my. Can you imagine this guy walking around with his pendant, ring and bracelet- wait- could ET have been a woman? No, women have way too much fashion sense. What happens if he gets out early and he sees you wearing it- it will be right back in the evidence locker.
I HATE clowns. And I hate Cubic Zirconia. Mix the two and I wouldn’t spend 25 cents to pull this next piece out of the claw game at a roadside truckstop. I bet this guy called himself the joker and I bet the joke is now on him.
There are many Jesus and Crucifix themed pieces. All of the holy water in the world won’t rinse the sin off of these pieces. Again, buy something at a jewelry story and feel good about it, buy one of these at a pawn shop and -well- you never know. Buy a piece at a seizure auction and you can assume two things- (1) they did something bad and (2) they were convicted of it.
Good luck and bid low.
This One is for YOU- Greenland.
After a few months online and just over a week actually blogging, our statistics took a spike last night thankful to us calling out lawyers across America for their Bad Billboards (Top 10) (11-25). Over 2600 page views yesterday and we’ve sailed past 1000 today. We are growing and Courts & Sports Radio is doing fine with just the written word, while I have taken a few months off to focus on some very important cases.
But, in looking at the map, I ask- What’s up Greenland? Where have you been? You have three different time zones. Your capital is Nuuk (which alone boasts 15,469 people). And I get that the mean temperature does not exceed 10° C (50° F) in the warmest summer months. And I DIG that about you. You have to be inside on the computer. Read more
Court is in Recess- Bennett Joins Dad at Work and My Life as a Dad/Lawyer
I work hard and around the clock. There was a time when “work life” would end at a particular hour of the day and I’d try to be at every event I could. Once I failed at being “just another lawyer” at “just another mill,” churning out billable hours or injury settlements like McDonald’s does hamburgers, and started my own firm, my clock became less divided into work-life and home-life. It just became my life. And my family’s life. And I love it more than ever.