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Monthly Archives: April 2012

The World – and the Legal Profession – Waits and Watches in the Trayvon Martin Case

For the better part of the last seven weeks, America has been riveted by the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17 year old African-American male, gunned down in Sanford, Florida, by “neighborhood watchman” George Zimmerman. Trayvon’s death and the circumstances surrounding the shooting has led to countless marches supporting Trayvon’s family; heated debate […]

What Happens When Lawyers Fail to Tell Clients About Plea Offers?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently examined the Right to Counsel regarding guilty pleas, deciding two criminal cases in which clients may have suffered because of the ineffective and deficient performances of their lawyers. Statistics clearly show that most criminal cases are resolved not by trials, but by negotiated pleas – in fact, 97 percent of […]

A Downside of Today’s Technology: With The Alleged Victim Not Pressing Charges, the Case of Former NFL Cheerleader Sarah Jones Brings Electronic Evidence into the Spotlight

When former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader and Kentucky high school teacher Sarah Jones pled not guilty last week to charges of first degree sexual abuse of a minor, there was one important difference in the courtroom.  Instead of pressing charges against Jones, the 16 year old boy and his family appeared in court at her arraignment […]


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