Word of the Week: Patent Prosecution

Each week we select a legal term or phrase that’s commonly misunderstood, interesting, or that gives a fancy name to a simple idea. Grey haired and bushy-browed, crackpot scientist Dr. Emmett Brown (Doc) stands on his toilet, trying to hang a picture. Then, crash! Slipping on the wet porcelain, Doc tumbles, striking his head on […]

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You’ve Got Mail… that Anyone Can Read: The Law’s Loose Grip on E-mail Hacking Service Providers

Despite the amount of behind-the-back trash-talking and whispered secrets passed along in e-mails between friends, we feel at ease because our electronic correspondence is secure, right? While most take solace in the fact that their e-mail accounts can only be accessed with a password, websites like Activehacker.net and Hackmail.net provide hacking services for anyone who wishes […]

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English, the Language of Shakespeare…and Golf?

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), perhaps subscribing to the theory that any publicity is good publicity, inflamed sensibilities this week when news leaked that it will soon require players to be able to hold a conversation in English. Some regard the policy as a protectionist reaction to the recent influx of non-English speaking Asian […]

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A Night in Coconino County Jail

Over Christmas break, a friend of mine was arrested. He was kind enough to recount the tale of his one night in county lock up (hopefully his first and last) and all of the lasting connections he made with regulars. Note: Names and charges have been changed to preserve confidentiality, duh. Another note: I do […]

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Witness Tampering: When Does Dirty Work Become A Crime?

There are some legal jobs where you just have to get your hands dirty. Criminal defense attorney Robert Simels may have such a job hes known for defending high-profile alleged criminals, including foreign drug kingpins. Simels found himself searching for his own defense attorney, however, when he was arrested on September 10 for alleged witness […]

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Rebuilding and Beyond: The Role of Human Rights in Post-Earthquake Haiti [Part I]

This is Part I of a two-part focus on Haiti.  In Part I, Stephen Robbins discusses issues from the state of affairs in Haiti before the earthquake on January 12, 2010, to  international and domestic reform, to U.S. – Haiti relations, and finishes by discussing the foundation that needs to be laid for a “fresh […]

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Sweet Sextteen: When Child Pornography Victims Become Defendants

UPDATE (3/16/11): Salons Tracy Clark-Flory writes about a new bill in New Jersey that would prevent minors who engage in sexting (taking naked pictures of themselves and sharing them with boy- and girlfriends) from being prosecuted as child pornographers. Child pornography convicts are widely considered the lowliest offenders, even among criminals; only the truly depraved […]

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BP Oil Spill: Drilling Into The Legal Issues One Year After The Spill

April 20, 2011, marked the one-year anniversary of the largest environmental disaster in US history – the BP oil spill.  While the news cycle forever churns forward and we face new global disasters, the sludge from the oil spill is now settling on the ocean floor and the long-term problems are beginning to be defined. […]

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Who Dat? Who Dat? Who dat say dey gonna sue dem Saints fans?

Chances are, you are one of the 100+ million people who watched Super Bowl XLIV on Sunday. To say it was big is an understatement – it was a day of record breaking. Along with being the most-watched television program since the series finale of M.A.S.H, it was the first appearance (and first Super Bowl […]

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Word of the Week: Deliberate Indifference

Deliberate indifference is a legal oxymoron that is used to categorize a behavior as specifically as possible.  It takes parts of negligence and expands on them, it takes parts of a harmful act or omission and reapplies the blame.  Deliberate indifference kicks in when you’re supposed to do something, because you created the potential of […]

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