Tag Archive: bill of rights

Dec 15 2015

Making Jurors Understand the Bill of Rights

On this the 224th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, I was thinking about what to write about the document that defines our country as much as the Constitution does. It such a grand document covering so many broad issues I was thinking about to narrow my focus. Originally I thought about …

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Aug 14 2012

If You’re A Criminal Be Careful Who Your Friends Are (Or Don’t Be An Idiot and Post About Your Crimes on FB!)

Social media’s insertion into the courtroom continues as a NY Federal Judge ruled that a criminal defendant’s Facebook posts about his criminal activity could form the bass for a search warrant into his home. Federal prosecutors got a look at Melvin Colon’s Facebook profile through the account of one of Colon’s friends, who was a …

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Aug 10 2012

NY Court Rules: Short People Got No Reason to Sue!

Randy Newman can add the title of this blog post as a new line to Short People, his often misunderstood, misinterpreted hit song from 1977, as a NY court ruled that “shortness” is not a physical disability protected by the NY State Human Rights Law. NY State’s Human Rights Law can be found in the …

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Jan 12 2012

Prosecutorial Misconduct Causes US Supreme Court to Overturn Murder Conviction -But Justice Thomas Just Doesn’t Get It.

In another blow to New Orleans DA Harry Connick (Father of the singer Harry Connick Jr) the US Supreme Court once again found that his office withheld exculpatory evidence from a defendant in a capital murder trial. There is a long history of problems in Connick’s office. In 1995, Esquire photographed him, for a piece …

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