Clowns, Burqas and Other Terrors

Let me see if I get this right: Clowns are now a potential sign of a terroristic threat. Have we lost our minds? Or is it mere nerve that we are lacking?
Halloween is upon us. And that means costumes. For as long as I can remember, clown costumes have been a staple of the season.
Comes now word of a ban on clown costumes at local schools. And I was recently asked whether the police could lawfully arrest someone for wearing a clown costume or mask in public.
Even a prosecutor I spoke to seemed more than a little unhinged. When asked whether he thought a person could be...
October 8, 2016

Bitcoin for Legal Fees?

I’ve been offered all sorts of things as a fee for my services. My favorite offer was of a house in Mexico. I turned it down, telling the potential client I didn’t have time to visit Mexico, much less own a house there.
Accepting property as a fee is trouble brewing. You have to declare a value for transaction for tax purposes. The value of most things is what you can sell it for. I’d rather practice law than become a broker in miscellaneous items.
So what about Bitcoin? Can a lawyer accept payment for legal fees in Bitcoin?
Our office was consulted on that...
September 26, 2016

Bitcoin and the State of Nature

Satoshi Nakamoto.
Remember that name. Whether he actually exists or not is an open question. But there is little doubt Nakamoto’s 2008 paper describing the creation of Bitcoin was one of the most revolutionary acts of the earIy 21st century.
What is Bitcoin?
The governments of the world can’t tell you. They can’t agree. Some define it as property. Some call it currency. Sometimes, it is regarded as both currency and property.
There are millions of Bitcoin in the world, but you’ll never see one. Bitcoin, you see, are digital events, pulses of...
September 26, 2016

Bitcoin and the State of Nature

Satoshi Nakamoto.
Remember that name. Whether he actually exists or not is an open question. But there is little doubt Nakamoto’s 2008 paper describing the creation of Bitcoin was one of the most revolutionary acts of the earIy 21st century.
What is Bitcoin?
The governments of the world can’t tell you. They can’t agree. Some define it as property. Some call it currency. Sometimes, it is regarded as both currency and property.
There are millions of Bitcoin in the world, but you’ll never see one. Bitcoin, you see, are digital events, pulses of...
September 26, 2016

The Dark Art Of "Justice"

September 8, 2016
I envy physicians their proximity to death. It goes without saying that those who master the ups and downs of the life cycle must learn a thing or...

Arbitrary Security Rules

September 7, 2016
There's a new security rule in the state courthouses. At least I think there is a new rule. As with so many security measures, practices across the...

Life, Death and Extradition

September 1, 2016
For a few tense hours the other day, it appeared my 71-year-old client, Robert Stackowitz, was going to be led from the courtroom in handcuffs,...

Sovereign Immunity Is Medieval Harlotry

August 28, 2016
Odds are you did not know that the United States government can be sued only with its consent. That’s because a legal doctrine called sovereign...

The Abyss Claims Another Lawyer

August 12, 2016
I am deflated suddenly, staring out the window wondering about the point of it all. News is just now breaking that another lawyer has committed...

The Kzhir Khan Sideshow

August 3, 2016
The decision to have Khizr Khan address the Democrat’s national convention at the coronation of Hillary Clinton was a stroke of...

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Taking Back the Courts
Norm Pattis Taking Back the Courts

The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorites movies as a kid. Little did I know judges were so much like the wizard, hiding behind empty trappings of power. This book tells you things you need to know about what really goes on in court. Read it, weep, and then demand that the courts do better.

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Plenty of lawyers write about the law, but few who write try cases. Judge for yourself whether I talk the talk and walk the walk in this collection of occasional essays about life in the law's trenches.

Juries and Justice
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How prepared are you to take seriously the notion that 'we the people' are, in fact, sovereign? Discover the secret, and unused, power of jurors. 'Ask why; then nullify.'

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Norm Pattis is a Connecticut based trial lawyer focused on high stakes criminal cases and civil right violations. He is a veteran of more than 150 jury trials, many resulting in acquittals for people charged with serious crimes, multi-million dollar civil rights and discrimination verdicts, and scores of cases favorably settled.

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