“Angus, I’ve been thinking about this idea of yours that character plays a role in how judges decide cases,” said Nick Wheeler. “Which is why I’ve asked you to help out this afternoon.”Wheeler had reason to be concerned. His client, Pencraft Builders, had been stunned by a $17 million verdict against it in an age discrimination case.Fortunately, Nick’s firm, Randolph and Wheeler, got a new trial—not because they convinced Judge Mudrock that the verdict was excessive, but because Mudrock discovered that he had made a mistake in his jury instructions.“Pencraft Builders is one of the largest developers of upscale subdivisions in the country,” Wheeler said. “And their CEO, Donald Pencraft, has a commanding air about him. I’m convinced he’s the one who can put on the right face—show the winning character—when we retry this case.“But the problem was convincing Mr. Pencraft to put … [Read more...] about On Good Behavior
Quick thinking leads to bad behavior
Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.Trapped in a foreign land, he said he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, first cleaning warehouses for the secretive evangelical church and later toiling at businesses owned by senior ministers. Any deviation from the rules risked the wrath of church leaders, he said, ranging from beatings to shaming from the pulpit.“They trafficked us up here. They knew what they were doing. They needed labor and we were cheap labor — hell, free labor,” Oliveira said.An Associated Press investigation has found that Word of Faith Fellowship used its two church branches in Latin America’s largest nation to siphon a steady flow of young laborers who came on tourist and student visas to its 35-acre … [Read more...] about Brazilians Funneled as “Slaves” by US Church, Ex-Members Say
We’ve consulted with some of the legal profession’s best prophets, prognosticators and soothsayers to bring you a report from the future.In 2007, judges will increasingly get creative with sentencing, shaming defendants in the hope they will think twice about violating the law again. Partners being pushed out by their firms will have new leverage to negotiate sweeter severance deals. And patent holders will find their way to a forum that resolves their disputes in record time.Americans will battle over who’s really a citizen, online background checks will raise thorny questions about discrimination, prosecutors will zero in on medical ID theft, and lawyers will discover that MySpace ain’t just for kids.For a closer look into our crystal ball, read on.Who’s a Citizen?Immigration reformists want to deny citizenship to “anchor babies.” Saul Arellano is 8 years old, but he may carry … [Read more...] about Next!
**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Ethics first - Dow keeps tumbling as trade fears deepen - Faith leaders set come to Jesus meeting for Trump - Feds probe Trump overseas deals - …not that innocent ETHICS FIRST Blake Farenthold. It turns out that the American system of government could churn on without the services of 1/435th of its lower legislative house. You know the story of the hapless now-former Texas congressman who used $84,000 of your money to pay off a staffer in what was supposed to be a secret arrangement to go away and be quiet about remarks he made to her regarding the young woman’s areolae and his nocturnal emissions. First: Gross, dude. Second: The fact that it took Farenthold months to finally resign even after lawmakers, public officials and private-sector leaders had stepped aside over smaller infractions tells us a great deal about what is … [Read more...] about Ethics first
As I’ve watched the #MeToo movement gain momentum over the past several months, I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of #MeToo and the internal investigations space. In particular, I think the current environment warrants an examination of certain aspects of the usual approach to sensitive internal investigations. First, women should play a significant role in these investigations. For a bunch of reasons I won’t attempt to examine here, the upper echelons of BigLaw are overwhelmingly male. And the upper ranks of the white-collar/investigations private practice is likewise dominated by (mostly male) former U.S. attorneys and assistant U.S. attorneys. Former federal prosecutors are generally skilled at conducting sensitive investigations. They are viewed as thoughtful, thorough and discreet. They usually exercise good judgment and provide good (if conservative) counsel. They are some of my dearest friends and colleagues. But the fact remains that there is no … [Read more...] about Internal investigations need rethinking in the #MeToo era