Home Daily News Lawyer who told judge she is 'disrespectful… Trials & Litigation By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted March 29, 2018, 12:31 pm CDT A Florida lawyer who told a judge he was appalled by her behavior and she was “disrespectful to the people” spent several hours in jail on Wednesday before a state appeals court ordered his release. Judge Marni Bryson scheduled a contempt hearing and sentenced 64-year-old lawyer John Carter of Boca Raton on Wednesday to 30 days in jail, the Palm Beach Post reports. Bryson said she was sending Carter to jail for his claim that he never received a notice of a required court appearance, rather than for his comments last Friday. Carter’s client, Todd Talbott, commented to a courtroom deputy after the Wednesday hearing, according to the Palm Beach Post account. “You know it’s a bad day for you when your lawyer goes to jail,” Talbott said. Bryson had issued a warrant for Talbott’s arrest after he … [Read more...] about Lawyer who told judge she is ‘disrespectful to the people’ is released from jail
Home Daily News Why Oklahoma plans to execute people with… Death Penalty By Eli Hager, The Marshall Project Posted March 16, 2018, 2:50 pm CDT Shutterstock.com. Oklahoma has always been the nation’s laboratory for capital punishment. It was a state legislator named Bill Wiseman who in 1977 came up with the idea of lethal injection by asking the state medical examiner for a more humane, scientific way to put human beings to death. It looks like Oklahoma might be experimenting again. On Wednesday, the state’s Attorney General and director of corrections announced that a severe nationwide shortage of the drugs needed for lethal injection meant they would be switching to nitrogen inhalation for future executions. Executing prisoners by nitrogen “hypoxia,” which deprives the body of oxygen, has never been tried by any state or nation in the history of the world. But the gas is widely available for purchase from manufacturers (it has a host of uses from … [Read more...] about Why Oklahoma plans to execute people with nitrogen
Home Daily News Take a people-centric approach to implementing… ABA Techshow By Stephen Rynkiewicz Posted March 10, 2018, 12:10 pm CST Consultant Debbie Foster discusses change management at ABA Techshow 2018. Photo by Saverio Truglia. Legal software comes out of the box missing two critical features: It needs people and a consistent process to run. “So much of the success of technology implementation is dependent on the people and the process,” said Debbie Foster, managing partner of Affinity Consulting’s office in Largo, Florida, and ABA Techshow 2018 co-chair. “Unfortunately, a lot of my time is spent rehabbing a software implementation gone wrong. If a process is inefficient, technology doesn’t make it any better.” During several process management sessions on Friday at ABA Techshow, panelists recommended taking a step back from using software to, instead, consider ways to make the software work better with the people around it. … [Read more...] about Take a people-centric approach to implementing software, improving processes
Home Daily News Frances McDormand has people asking: What… Contracts By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted March 5, 2018, 9:01 am CST Best actress winner Frances McDormand had some people scratching their heads Sunday evening when she ended her acceptance speech with two words of advice: “inclusion rider.” McDormand told reporters backstage that she just found out about inclusion riders last week, report E Online and ABC News. According to McDormand, the contract term means “you can ask for and/or demand at least 50 percent diversity in not only the casting, but also the crew.” The New York Times, Vanity Fair and the Washington Post also have stories. Stacy Smith, the founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California, developed inclusion riders. In a 2016 TED talk, she said the idea is to “reflect the world in which we actually live.” “The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it. I … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand has people asking: What is an inclusion rider?
Home Daily News Lawyer representing neo-Nazis declares that… Careers By Debra Cassens Weiss Posted March 1, 2018, 7:00 am CST A Cincinnati-area lawyer stepped forward when white supremacists and neo-Nazis had trouble finding legal representation in a civil case stemming from the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The lawyer, James E. Kolenich, got involved because “white people must save and preserve their civilization,” the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. “My willingness to get involved is to oppose Jewish influence in society,” Kolenich told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s plain that white people are the chosen people in the New Testament. It’s the job that we were given, to spread Christianity around the world. That doesn’t involve hatred of other races, not even of ethnic Jews. But it does involve opposing their un-Christian influence in society.” Kolenich also questioned the accuracy of the estimated number of … [Read more...] about Lawyer representing neo-Nazis declares that ‘white people are the chosen people’