After firing his lawyers and taking on his own defense in a capital murder case earlier this year, James Calvert argued that the prison law library was inadequate and persuaded a Texas judge to provide a laptop computer in his jail cell.Calvert, who once was employed by law firms as a computer expert, was given a laptop to use two hours a day, five days a week, and the judge ordered that no one else could could access the machine, according to KLTV and KYTX. His access to the Internet was limited.But a search of Calvert’s cell revealed that he had been using the computer to help other Smith County jail inmates with their cases, authorities said, and it was confiscated, KYTX reported.Now Calvert is fighting to try to get his computer privileges back. Although he is representing himself, standby counsel has been appointed for him to consult with.An earlier effort in which Calvert argued for an evidentiary hearing saying that he had been accused of the crime of practicing law … [Read more...] about Murder defendant loses jail cell computer over claims he worked on other inmates’ cases
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IntroductionSocial networks are more than tools to make “friends” and find “connections.” They provide business and government with an investigative source that is readily available and easily accessible. Indeed, both private industry and government alike are utilizing social media as a source to build or break a case. Widespread use of social media and the variation in site protocols create concern regarding the reliability of evidence. This, together with added issues like inaccurate postings, phantom profiles and imposter accounts, renders social media evidence controversial in the courtroom. For lawyers and investigators alike, social media must be carefully mined and cautiously used. Understanding the manner in which social media is collected and the methods by which it can be admitted at trial are vital skills for any litigator.Collecting Social MediaBecause of its widespread use and accessibility, social media provides an attractive portal of … [Read more...] about Social Media: From Computer to Courtroom
Podcast Transcript: This ABA Journal podcast is brought to you by WestlawNext, the most advanced technology combined with market-leading content and West’s history of trusted editorial excellence. Helping legal professionals save time is what they’ve been doing for over 125 years. Learn more at WestlawNext.com.Stephanie Francis Ward: People often don’t want to part with their money, especially when they’re divorcing. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and today we’re discussing family law assets recovery with Randall M. Kessler, an Atlanta, Georgia lawyer; and Ira Freedman, who practices in Beverly Hills.Randy and Ira, welcome!Ira Friedman: Hi, thanks for having us.Stephanie Francis Ward: Let’s start this out–I have a question for both of you. And Ira, perhaps you want to take this first. Are there some ethical ways to shield assets in a divorce and if so, can you give me some examples?Ira Friedman: Well, unfortunately, it’s a … [Read more...] about Show Me the Money: Helping Clients Find and Protect Assets in a Divorce
Expert Testifies in First Terror Trial to Target BankA former Israeli intelligence officer, appearing as an expert witness, took the stand this month in a Brooklyn civil trial over a bank’s alleged support of terrorism.Arieh Spitzen testified that Arab Bank Plc helped finance two dozen terrorist attacks conducted by the militant Palestinian group Hamas and compensated the families of numerous suicide bombers. The plaintiffs in Linde v. Arab Bank Plc are comprised of several hundred Americans who were either victims of the terror attacks or family members of those who were killed overseas in the early 2000s.The suit is the first of its kind to sue a bank for violating the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, alleging that the bank basically had a “death and dismemberment benefit plan” for Hamas’ martyrs. The case is ongoing, with the bank expected to call over 20 witnesses, including its chairman. Unforeseeable Precedent Change Disqualified Expert UnfairlyWhen New … [Read more...] about Securities Law, Daubert, Terror Trials: Cases Hinge On Experts
QVerity , a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. He has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report.When Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was interviewed by NBC’s Matt Lauer last week, the email controversy that has dogged the former Secretary of State became a rather uncomfortable topic of discussion. The topic became even more uncomfortable two days later, when President Obama was challenged by Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace about the political ramifications of the controversy, and any special treatment Clinton might receive. The behaviors we observed in these interviews suggest that this discomfort could stem from the specter of a presidential pardon having entered the equation.To understand how we arrived at this conclusion, … [Read more...] about Former CIA Expert: Could ‘Deceptive’ Signals from Obama, Clinton On Emails Suggest Possible Pardon?