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7
Mar

Legal Links: Weird, Sports and Legal News

Woman arrested after attempting to have her lawyer-boyfriend murdered (ABA)

Angry UCSB basketball fan storms court, confronts Hawaii’s coach, arrested (ESPN)

Logically, taking pictures up random peoples skirts is found to be illegal (CNN)

Man loses 56 pounds after eating nothing but McDonalds for six months (Today)
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7
Aug

MLB used facebook, electronic trail to build case for PED suspensions (ESPN)  A-Roid gets booed hard at first game back (DeadSpin)

Man wrecks his boat, saves doge, then goes back for wife (Herald Sun)

The Legality of Online Gambling: Games of Skill and Chance (Courts And Sports) 2nd Circuit says  determining whether poker is “skill or chance” is irrelevant (ABA Journal)

Lawyer agrees to five-year suspensions for telling client to “clean up his facebook” account (ABA Journal)

The judge from the Casey Anthony Trial may be getting his own Judge-Judy-Alex-Joe Brown television show (MSN)

Do you remember “Smalls” from the Sandlot? Well, he was arrested this week for head-butting a cop at an airport (TMZ)

BONUS VIDEO:
The man who was arrested for calling 9-1-1 after McDonald’s got his order wrong, is defending his actions (WALB News)

9
Jul

George Zimmerman – The Case for Manslaughter (Because It’s About My Child, Too)

atticusGeorge Zimmerman – The Case for Manslaughter

(Because It’s About My Child, Too)

by John M. Phillips

I keep asking myself- have we opened Pandora’s Box so wide that what George Zimmerman did is ACTUALLY legal and reasonable and entirely free from punishment? Early on, I thought it might be.  Before I saw a deceased Jordan Davis and consoled his tearful parents, before Newtown, before spending months really looking at this country, I thought George Zimmerman was just “looking out for his own neighborhood” and might have had to shoot to protect his own life.  And then I looked at life around me.  And then I looked at all of the unreasonable and avoidable actions and inactions that caused him to take Trayvon’s life.

I start with a little about me and my family and what I learned about fear and prejudice in America.  We were burglarized last August.  Seeing my crying wife hold my crying child while police invaded our invaded house, made me wonder- do we all need to arm up to prevent the bad from taking over.  With this thought and $50, I wound up with about 100 others in a Concealed Weapon Permit class, driven there by fear.  This only made my fear worse.  That was the its design- profit off of fear.  Fear sells guns and breeds contempt and power.

The class was put on by a gun store with a cheesy name and the two men who ran the class were like circus barkers:

FoCWPBadger just $162 and 4 hours, you, too, can be master of the universe.  We even sell a book written by the top gun lawyer in the country, which you must buy.  It tells you how to ‘get away’ with self defense.  Live in the grey area of the gun laws.  It tells you more than just, ‘don’t shoot them in the back,’ but what Stand Your Ground really means and how it protects your rights as an American citizen.

The two gun store employees proceeded to tell us more about boycotting certain specific businesses who did not allow guns on the premises than the laws we needed to know.  Over the four hour presentation, they each pulled out six or seven guns from their various hiding spots, taking a few moments to give the sales pitch on each. I was so entranced, I actually bought one of the guns they pitched- the Bodyguard. They did well that day.  They sold- America.

And, as I went alone, I remember just listening to the conversations around me.  It was a few weeks before the 2012 Presidential election and most were there in fear of the re-election of “the black President.”  Others had bought the NRA’s propaganda that the FBI was coming door-to-door to take guns or that permits would be more tightly regulated.  Some spoke against the “thug” in Sanford who had been shot and speculated on who he was “staking out.” The rise in crime, the fear of minority power and other conspiracy theories drove quite a few people there to join the 1 million Concealed Weapon Permit holders in the State of Florida.  Some had been victims.  Some just wanted to feel less fear. All craved the lustful taste of power over fear a gun was promised to provide.

I left, hanging my head in shame.  Who had I become?  Had I let fear overcome me? Having grown up in the great State of Alabama, I knew racists.  But they were only racists when they were around those they trusted.  Now, racism is openly justified by crime reports, broken politics and black teenagers in the wrong place at the wrong time. Holy shit.

And then, weeks later, the God above put me on the couch of Ron Davis. His son, Jordan Davis was just shot and killed by a man with a gun in his glove box.  Michael Dunn’s infamous last words were, “you aren’t going to talk to me like that.”  People say it was about loud music, but it was about where we are as a society.  It was about hate and intolerance, not race as I said in one of the first national interviews I did on the matter. I sat there with tears pouring down my and my associate’s faces- a broken man.  Ron and Lucia had media trucks following them trying to scoop one another.  All three local stations knocked on the door while I was there.  Days earlier, he was a happy father hearing his son lead the Thanksgiving prayer for the first time, and now he was a broken man because of another broken man- Michael Dunn and his legal gun and the empowerment and control it brought him.  He claims self defense and Stand Your Ground, as well.

We will deal with that matter in due course, but it changed me.  It changed the way I view life and tolerance, love and passion.  I grew very angry with lawyers, victims advocates and others who were using these victims or were in it for the profit.  I grew impatient with the close minded.  I walked as close as I could in the shoes of someone who had lost a child to gun violence.  I wound up wanting to find solutions more and more.  I felt (and feel) I can stop a few bullets. Trayvon can stop more.  Jordan can stop more.  The butterfly effect of all of our efforts can stop even more.  Or maybe heal some hearts.  Or something.  We have to, because the next bullet could be flying towards any of us.  And instead of Michael Dunn’s death sentence of “you aren’t going to talk to me like that,” George Zimmerman’s was basically, “you aren’t going to walk in my neighborhood like that.”  What sentence will do you in.

My dad always said, “don’t start no shit, and there won’t be none (sic).”  Let’s look at that-

So, why do we need George Zimmerman to be convicted and why, as a lawyer, do I feel he should be convicted?

On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman did one right thing- he called police. That was the LAST thing he did correct, reasonably and with any intelligence.  If he stopped there, Trayvon Martin would be alive and George Zimmerman would be free of the justice system.  But he compounded neglect of omission and commission thereafter- manslaughter. Read more »

8
Jul

Legal Links: Legal, Sports and Weird News.

Lawsuit claims that flashing headlights to warn of police officers is protected speech (ABA Journal)

Saying the wrong things on Twitter can get you jail time, First Last Amendment (ABA Journal)

Here are a few web gems to start your day off right (ESPN)

Work satisfaction is much more important than money and prestige to lawyer’s job satisfaction (ABA Journal)

“Oh, materialism.” Airplane crash survivors escape with their luggage and children… In that order (Forbes)

Do you have $540 mill? Worlds largest personal yacht build complete (Daily Mail)

Brazilian soccer player gets stabbed by referee, fans stone referee to death, decapitate him (Huffington Post)

11
Apr

Legal Links 4/11: Legal, Sports and Weird News

For legal purposes, are zombies dead or alive? (ABA Journal)

Accused killer Arias tweeting from jail… Kind of (Fox)

$540 million verdict over Hepatitis C, “Health care industry needs to wake up.” (ABA)

Someone mailed a goat’s head to Wrigley Field, addressed to the clubs owner (ESPN)

Patriot’s CB gets 30 days in jail, to be served next year… (CBS Sports)

Rutgers lawyer resigns amidst fallout (ESPN)

Dubai police force adds Lamborghini squad car “to impress tourists” (Fox)

 

26
Feb

Legal Links 2/26

Italian jean designer that owns trademark on the name “Jesus” is cracking down on US clothing lines who have used “Jesus” (Fox)

Three fans injured at the NASCAR race this past weekend have hired attorneys (ESPN)

“Blade Runner” Murder Trial Update: Pistorius plans his own memorial service for Steenkamp (Yahoo!)

Supreme Court will not allow challenge to surveillance law, no standing (AP)

52-year-old female judge accused of having sexual relations with inmate inside interviewing room with 26-year-old client (Indy Star)

Deleware courthouse shooting update: Shooter wrote angry letters to one lawyer, failed to pay another years before courthouse slayings (ABA Journal)

25
Feb

Legal Links 2/25

Talk of NBA’s amnesty clause sparks feud: Kobe v. Mark Cuban (NBC Sports)

While visiting a client, lawyer accidentally gets locked in cell, police call the accident an “unfortunate incident” (ABA Journal)

Desmond Bryant arrested for criminal mischief, his mugshot is a must-see (USA Today)

Drug dealer tells jury he and lawyer worked on witness hit list, among other crimes (The Record)

What is it going to take? Increased penalties for dopers in MLB could be coming (Yahoo!)

Tom Brady signed to 3-year extension with Patriots (ESPN) Takes big pay cut (USA Today)

Just FYI, since you loaded this page, Yankee’s Alex Rodriguez has made ~100$,  almost $1.00 every second. 

5
Feb

Legal Links, 2/5

Ever wonder if someone spit in your food? You may have grounds for a claim (ABA Journal)

HS football star, despite Auburn Tattoo, signs with Alabama. (ESPN)

Lance Armstrong has no intention of paying $12 million, potential lawsuit (ESPN)

Right to a speedy trial… Judge denies delay in Trayvon Martin case (CBS)

A profoundly disturbing memo? DOJ outlines legal basis for targeted killings (legalnews.com)

Client attacks lawyer, tries to flee, continues trial in restraints (ABA Journal)

Vijay Singh & Deer Antler Spray, from a legal standpoint (SportsLaw101.com)