Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Pedophile Handbook and The Limits of The First Amendment

Phillip Greaves, the author of “The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure” has been charged with violating Florida’s obscenity law, a third degree felony in that state that could see him imprisoned for up to five years. He deserves every day of it, and then some more for his vile, grubby and predatory words that encourage others to prey on small children. I am disgusted that this disgraceful mountebank has become a poster boy for first amendment fanatics who never see harm in any words; they should be ashamed.

Out of the Big House and Back in the Dog House—Michael Vick Wants a Dog

I want to share this amazing piece from my friends at Sports Intelligence Analysts on Michael Vick and his desire to own another dog. We all know that Michael Vick is to the love of animals what Charles Manson is to the promotion of "family values"; this piece, therefore, squarely hits the nail on the head!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How Do Law Firms Select The Best New Litigators?

I want to share this wonderful piece that was written, by Phil Houston, for law firms looking at hiring new lawyers---I think readers will find it is of great applicability to other areas where professionals are being hired and also of use to the public looking to hire the very best lawyer for their case!

T’is the season for hiring new talent (we hope). As law firms scramble to compete for the best talent slated to graduate in May/June 2011, they are often reminded of how difficult it is to identify and hire the best candidates. Many firms also know and understand that the most difficult position to screen for is litigators.

Phil Houston and Greg Doucette Join “The True Verdict”

It is with great pleasure and pride that I write to let readers know that two new contributors will stellar credentials have joined the Truth In The Law Blog “The True Verdict” they are Phil Houston and Greg Doucette.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Opposing Assange's Extradition Is Wrong!

"Capable generous men do not create victims, they nurture victims….. I’m a combative person so I’m not actually so big on the nurture. But there is another way of nurturing victims which is to police perpetrators of crime.” So said Julian Assange. He posted these words, it is alleged, on a private dating site, but, applying his standards, it is completely fair to publicize them and use them against him.

Now, the Wikileaks founder remains in custody in the UK as Sweden attempts to extradite him to face questioning, and then perhaps trial, for sex offenses allegedly committed against two women. In spite of attacks on their characters and specious allegations of links to security services around the globe, all the credible evidence suggests that these are reliable witnesses and victims with sound prima facie cases.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Westboro Baptist Church: Fundamentalists, Funerals and the First Amendment

It was Evelyn Beatrice Hall (and not Voltaire) who first said: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”. Well I disagree with what “Pastor” Fred Phelps and his fanatical minions at Westboro Baptist Church have to say and I will not risk even a scuffed shoe to defend their right to say it.

I can think of few things worse than a family grieving and mourning the loss of a loved one being confronted and harangued by someone waving a sign carrying an offensive epithet such as “God Hates Fags”, “Semper Fi Fags” or “God Loves IEDs”. Epithets that are aimed squarely at the family of the deceased telling those assembled that Westboro believes God struck down their loved one to make a statement about his views on homosexuality. Who are these people to think that they have a direct line to heaven and that they can interpret the views of their God?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Detection of Deception: The Truth about Lying, in Business, in Law and in Life

Lying can be big business. People lie for a variety of reasons, but what it boils down to is that they lie because they believe it will benefit them and they lie hoping they can get away with it. Can you imagine, therefore, the huge benefit that any individual, or business, could gain if they could tell when someone was trying to deceive them?

We have all seen the TV show, the one where the guy with the English accent can tell someone is lying because of they way they smile, or twitch their nose for a fraction of a second. We have seen the stage performers who can convince an audience that they are a human lie detector. Well that is the fiction. People want to know the fact.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

UK Higher Education, Fees, Riots and Royals

I want to begin this post by stating that I am a free market type chap. I believe in personal freedoms, so please no "commie" or "socialist" lash outs, I am neither. I also wish to state that I will never condone the violent actions of some student protestors in the UK as they give voice to their feelings of outrage over increases in fees (tuition for those reading in the USA). Today was a day of protests, like many before, that ended with a can of paint being thrown at the car carrying the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. I doubt that much of the violence was orchestrated by students, rather I fear others had a hand in this (perhaps someone from a DIY chain decided to “launch” a new product)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Blessings And Peace Officers Be Upon You?

In 2006 Julie Anne Yencer was arrested for drunken and reckless driving by a Davidson College police officer. She pleaded guilty but then appealed and asked a North Carolina state court to dismiss the charges because of Davidson's affiliation with the Presbyterian Church.

The college police officers' powers, including their power to arrest her, she argued, violated the separation of church and state. Why? Because, she argued, the officers ultimately answer to trustees, 80 percent of whom must be, under the college's bylaws, active members of a Christian church. Her lawyer argued that the state’s power cannot be exercised by a sectarian institution.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Amateur Legal Advice

I have something on my mind that has once again been brought to the fore by some recent events, so permit me to vent.

If I ever went to a hospital for surgery, I would probably run a mile (if my condition allowed it) if someone came in to my room and said, “I am not a doctor, but I am going to cut you open and remove your appendix, however, you should not consider that as being surgery as, again, I am not a doctor and don’t even play one on TV!”

Prosecuting Wikileaks' Assange

Attorney General Eric Holder has stated that the US Department of Justice is conducting an ongoing criminal investigation into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Under the Espionage Act, anyone who has "unauthorized possession to information relating to the national defense" and has reason to believe it could harm the United States may be prosecuted if he publishes it or "willfully" retains it when the government has demanded its return. Make no mistake, the government has demanded the return. Unfortunately, however, prosecuting Assange may mean that more classified information will have to be released in order to prosecute him. After all, how can you show it has harmed the USA without divulging other secrets?

Welcome to “The True Verdict”

Welcome everyone to “The True Verdict”, a blog offering analysis and comment, from a non-partisan perspective, on law, politics and current affairs. I will do my very best to post regularly, and ask some friends to post as well on issues near and dear to their hearts.

I must, as every lawyer should, begin with a quick disclaimer. Nothing in this blog should be considered legal advice and no-one should be relying on this blog for legal advice. Nor does reading this blog constitute the formation of an attorney client relationship. It is comment and analysis, and perhaps some of my jokes along the way as well.

So, again, welcome, and I hope you enjoy reading my ramblings!