Will Kavanuagh Sue For Defamation?

We now know the name of the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in an anonymous letter to California Senator Diane Feinstein earlier this summer. She is Christine Blasey Ford, a pscyhology professor. The Washington Post reported on her identity this weekend, after she sat with a reporter and provided what corroboration she could to her claims of misconduct.
Judge Kavanaugh should sue Ford for defamation. It would do the country a world of good to see what actual proof looks like.
The food fight that was the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings on the...
September 16, 2018

Who Wants $100,000?

Remind me never to piss off John Uustal. Or, if I do, remind me that I should get him angry at someone I don’t like. The Florida litigator is so furious just now, he’s putting his money where his mouth is. If you have the information he is looking for, he will pay you up to $100,000.

Uustal is a Florida plainitffs' lawyer. When he smells injustice, he goes into attack mode. His clients are glad he does. He’s a David in search of deep-pocketed Goliaths.

Now plaintiffs’ lawyers get a bad rap. The...
June 6, 2018

Cosby's Appeal Comes Next

There is a special place in Hell for those who cheer sending a person to prison, so mark today as a special day for the keepers of the roll in the underworld. The chorus of those cheered by the guilty verdicts against Bill Cosby deafens.
"Guilty," the jury said, three times after brief deliberations in the second trial against the 80-year-old comedian. A man once affectionately called “America’s dad” will soon, after sentence is imposed, be a convicted felon. (Judgment does not enter in a criminal case until sentence is imposed, so he's not a felon...
April 26, 2018

Tolstoy, Berlin and Artificial Intelligence

I wonder what Isaiah Berlin would have had to say about artificial intelligence. This occurred to me as I sat listening to presentations on big data and the Fourth Amendment at a recent conference in New York City sponsored by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. It turns out we’re all blips on someone’s screen, and there doesn’t seem much we can do about it.
Lawyers in general do not read enough. Oh, we read plenty of case law, treatises, pleadings – all the flotsam and jetsam that make the law a semi-scholarly profession. But what we...
April 24, 2018

Tommy Ullman, An Unbearable Loss

April 14, 2018
There are angels among us, some say, pillars of strength with common feet of clay. I’m not sure I believe that, but I do believe...

Erlich Bachman's Bad Day

April 11, 2018
T.J. Miller has a temper, but we knew that. Fans of “Silicon Valley” heard the rumors. The 36-year-old comedian was not invited...

Don't Cut and Run, Representative Esty

April 2, 2018
The people of Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District deserved far more than they’re getting from Representative Elizabeth Esty,...

Senator Fasano's Assault On Independent Judiciary

March 27, 2018
After today’s Senate debate on whether to confirm the nomination of Andrew McDonald as Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme...

In re: Andrew McDonald -- Shame on Senate Republicans

March 27, 2018
Just why the Republican Party is intent on importing the same level of asinine partisan vitriol rampant in Washington, D.C., to Connecticut is a...

Thank You, Shon Hopwood

March 24, 2018
Practice law long enough and a certain weariness sets in. It’s more than a function of aging, although that is certainly a factor. But...

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