Archive for the ‘Law’ Category

Counselor’s Tales: Making A Man Cry

[Note:  This file has now been closed.  I wrote this post some time ago and waited until the proper time to post it.]

The instructions from my client to me were clear: make this guy cry.

The guy (we’ll call him “Rush” based on his fondness for Oxycontin) was making a claim for an injury he sustained on the job.  Let’s just say that there were questionable circumstances surrounding his fall from a truck.

One man's gold.

Additionally, Rush’s history as documented by his medical records did not qualify him for automatic induction into the Hall of Greatness Continue reading

Just Another Day

Every Day She Takes A Morning Bath To Wet Her Hair,

Wraps A Towel ’round Her

As She’s Heading For The Bedroom Chair,

It’s Just Another Day.

— Paul McCartney, Just Another Day

Precious? Not always.

When I awoke on March 29, 2011, I knew this would not be just another day.  Big events were on the calendar.  I tried to prepare for these.  However, unplanned happenings played a big part in this day.

In a sincere effort to avoid providing you with a repetitive and cumulative account of how difficult mornings with Island Boy can be, let’s just say that our Caribbean Prince took me back to the bad, old days when he would try to convince me who was really in charge.  When we arrived at preschool, I unceremoniously handed IB off to his very sweet teacher with words to the effect of, “Well, he’s yours now.  Good luck.” Continue reading

Menswear Schmenswear

Every girl’s crazy about a sharp-dressed man.

Z.Z. Top

You gotta’ look sharp.

Joe Jackson

Who cares what you’re wearing from Main Street to Saville Row?  It’s what you wear from ear to ear, and not from head to toe, that matters.

Annie

Every time I attempt to wear a lapel pin, I am reminded how ridiculous men’s formal wear is.  The problem is seat belts.  When you exit the vehicle, the shoulder belt snags on the pin.  The pin goes flying, and (if you’re lucky) the lapel is not torn. Continue reading

What the Supreme Court Really Said

On March 2, headlines like these were splashed across newspapers throughout the country:

“Supreme Court Upholds Westboro Church’s Military Funeral Protests”  — McClatchy Newspapers

“Supreme Court Protects Hateful Speech Near Funeral” — U.P.I.

“Justices Side with Funeral Picketers” — USA Today

With attention-grabbing headlines like that, it is difficult to understand what the U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) ruling the in Snyder v. Phelps decision really means.

Plus, it is my view that news coverage in this instance was actually calculated to stir up emotions to gather more readers or viewers. Continue reading

Farewell Atticus

I came upon this obit recently in the Maycomb, Alabama Guardian & Register:

Finch, Atticus — Aged 91.  Attorney in practice for over 50 years.  Although Mr. Finch was known in Maycomb as a general practitioner, he gained notoriety as a criminal defense attorney in the case of People v. Tom Robinson.  He later occasionally took on civil rights clients, championing the causes of the downtrodden and afflicted.  Husband of the late Agnes Gertrude (La Petitmain) Finch.  Mr. Finch is survived by: a daughter, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch (Donald) Knowles; a son, Jeremy Atticus “Jem” (Margaret) Finch; 5 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Private cremation.  A service of celebration will be held at the Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church on February 17, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maycomb County Bar Association Defense Fund.

Poor old Atticus.  It’s hard to say good-bye to him.  He is one of the reasons that many of us considered becoming attorneys.

However, as George Harrison beautifully sang, All Things Must Pass.  Even Atticus.  Even Gregory Peck.  For that matter, even George Harrison. Continue reading

Endangered: The American Middle Class

I know, I know.  Some of you will  be bored by this long post on”political stuff.”  But, I feel this is important.

If you’ve heard it already, please forgive me.  If not, I hope you will be enlightened.

Oh, by the way.  As a shameless trick, I have included a really cute picture of Island Boy at the end to entice you into reading the entire post.

I’m sure none of you will skip over these important words to get to the photo.

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Aasiya

Mo and Aasiya Hassan at Bridges TV.

Muzzamil “Mo” Hassan was found guilty today of murdering his wife, Assiya in February 2009.

This verdict was never in doubt.

— not when Mo turned himself in to police.

— not when Mo admitted that he killed her.

— not when Mo harassed and fired one defense lawyer after another.

— not when Mo spent days taunting and fighting with the judge presiding over this case (who displayed the patience of a saint under extremely difficult circumstances).

— especially not when Mo decided to based his entire defense on blaming the victim. Continue reading