Civil Justice Doesn’t Compensate for Criminal Actions

April 23rd, 2007

A Texas jury entered a $9 million verdict in favor of a black man who was beaten by four young white men in 2003. The victim now resides in a nursing home, receiving care necessitated by the permanant brain damage he sustained in the beating. Criminal charges were filed against the young men, who had […]

New York Attorneys Challenge Advertising Rules

April 18th, 2007

A Judge in the Northern District of New York set a June 18 trial date for the pending challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s attorney advertising rules, which took effect on February 1, 2007. One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is New York law firm Alexander & Catalano–a firm well known for its […]

Parole System Trumps Presumption of Innocence

April 18th, 2007

Jimmy Lee Page committed a murder–or at least, he was convicted of murder. He killed a man in 1975, and spent eleven years in prison. But just eight months after Page was paroled, another murder occurred. There wasn’t much to tie Page to that murder, which was an ugly and high-emotion killing of a local […]

Release of 2006 Bankruptcy Statistics Anticlimatic

April 17th, 2007

Four and a half months after the end of 2006, the Administrative Office of the Courts has released bankruptcy filing statistics for the fourth quarter of 2006 and, thus, for the first full calendar year since the dramatic changes to the bankruptcy code in 2005. To no one’s surprise, filings have decreased.  However, what may […]