Home Law Scribbler What's actually happening when a cryptocurrency… Law Scribbler By Jason Tashea Posted February 28, 2018, 12:32 pm CST Jason Tashea In late January, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck was hacked, costing 260,000 users over $530 million in NEM, a cryptocurrency similar to bitcoin. This is the largest hack of its kind, but not the first. The previous record holder for largest crypto-heist was Mt. Gox, another exchange that saw $450 million in bitcoin stolen in 2014 leading to civil and criminal actions. With cryptocurrency hacks in the headlines, the takeaway for many has been that blockchain, cryptocurrency’s underlying software protocol, is the vulnerability. As one high school friend posted recently: “If blockchain is so revolutionary, then how is it so easy to get hacked and lose your coins?” A question that prompts a teachable moment. The Coincheck and Mt. Gox hacks did not compromise the blockchain protocol underpinning the … [Read more...] about What’s actually happening when a cryptocurrency gets hacked?
Home Daily News What's the strangest thing you've ever heard… Question of the Week By Sarah Mui Posted February 28, 2018, 11:45 am CST “No man is fit to be a cheesemonger who cannot guess the length of a street.” This is one of the many perplexing aphorisms from Judge William St. Julien Arabin, who served in the 1820s and 1830s as a criminal judge in the Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England and Wales. Black’s Law Dictionary editor Bryan Garner writes about Arabin in this month’s ABA Journal, listing many examples of non sequiturs he issued during 15 years on the bench. This week, we’d like to ask you: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever heard a judge say during proceedings? Not necessarily an “out of bounds” statement that had an impact on the case at hand—anything peculiar will do. Answer in the comments. Read the answers to last week’s question: What frequently misused—or … [Read more...] about What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever heard a judge say during proceedings?
Home Daily News Lawyer who once moonlighted as a stripper… criminal justice By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted February 28, 2018, 8:00 am CST A lawyer who moonlighted as a stripper while in law school is asking Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to pardon him for secretly recording sexual encounters—and he’s using the governor’s own arguments. California lawyer Paul Henreid had taken a guilty plea in 1999 under Missouri’s invasion of privacy law. It’s the same statute used to indict Greitens for allegedly taking a partially nude photo of his former mistress without her knowledge and consent. Now Henreid is asking Greitens to act on his long-time pardon request, report the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star. Greitens had argued in a motion to dismiss the indictment that the privacy law was intended to apply to peeping toms who take photographs places such as restrooms and locker rooms. The motion argues that the law does not … [Read more...] about Lawyer who once moonlighted as a stripper uses indicted governor’s argument in seeking a pardon
The Supreme Court bench of Justices A. K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, on Friday, pronounced judgment on the writ petition filed by advocate Sunil Samdaria challenging the appointment of Justice Virendra Kumar Mathur and Justice Ram Chandra Singh Jhala as Additional Judges of Rajasthan High Court. The bench upheld the notifications of appointment of the aforesaid judges. The bench also held that retired judicial officers can be appointed as High Court judges under Article 217(2)(a). Further, the bench clarified that Additional Judges of High Courts may also be appointed for a tenure of less than 2 years in context of Article 224. The Petition contended that the appointment is contrary to the law laid down by the Apex Court in the case of Kumar Padma Prasad v. Union of India. The Court had, therein, held that in order to qualify for appointment as a Judge of High Court under Article 217 (2) (a) of the Constitution of India, the candidate must hold judicial office in judicial service of the … [Read more...] about Breaking: Retired District Judges Can Be Appointed To HCs, Additional HC Judges Can Be Appointed For A Tenure Of Less Than 2 Yrs :SC [Read Judgment]
Home Daily News How to turn tech savvy into a fulfilling… Asked and Answered By Stephanie Francis Ward Posted February 26, 2018, 8:30 am CST You love technology, you love the law, and you want a career that combines the two. But what kinds of legal tech jobs will be the most in demand, and how can you get them? E-discovery and privacy law should be two areas that legal tech job-seekers look into, Shannon Capone Kirk tells the ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward in this episode of Asked and Answered. Kirk, who is e-discovery counsel at Ropes & Gray, first got her start as an associate after being assigned a case with a warehouse full of digital tapes to be analyzed, she tells Ward. Within a few years, she’d started her own e-discovery practice. But privacy law is also a burgeoning field for tech-savvy attorneys, particularly in government and the health care industry, Kirk says. In this episode of Asked and Answered, Kirk shares tips on how to break into the … [Read more...] about How to turn tech savvy into a fulfilling legal career (podcast)