Charged with murder in the 2009 killing of her 36-year-old boyfriend, attorney Michael Porcella, a California woman has been convicted of voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement, because she used a gun.Rennie Pratt, 29, shot Porcella as he was arriving home one night at about 11:30 p.m. in Oakland. She said it was an accident, as she was trying to unload the gun, but the government argued it was an intentional act following a number of domestic disputes, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.“He was outside on the porch when he was shot,” Jill Nerone, a prosecutor in the Alameda County case, tells the newspaper. “I hoped the jury would view the evidence as a premeditated murder while lying in wait.”Although the jury didn’t believe the shooting was accidental, it found it could have been imperfect self-defense by an individual overreacting to a perceived threat when no harm actually is intended, Nerone explained.Porcella worked as a part-time project … [Read more...] about Jury Acquits Lawyer’s Girlfriend of Murdering Him, Convicts Her of Voluntary Manslaughter
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James Alex Fields Jr. was found guilty of first-degree murder on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Fields was charged with driving into a group of protesters at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12, 2017, killing one person and injuring others. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)People fly into the air as a vehicle is driven into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12, 2017 James Alex Fields Jr., the man accused of driving into the crowd demonstrating against a white nationalist protest, killing one person and injuring many more, was found guilty of first-degree murder, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (Ryan M. Kelly/The Daily Progress via AP, File)A counter-protester holds a photo of Heather Heyer on Boston Common at a "Free Speech" rally organized by conservative activists in Boston, Aug. 19, 2017. (Michael Dwyer/AP file) … [Read more...] about Man who drove into Virginia protesters found guilty of murder
Editor’s note: Professor Stephen I. Vladeck of the Washington College of Law at American University and Greg Jacob, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., examine the intricacies of U.S. detention policy. Their essays are among those collected in Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law, a book published by the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security that was edited by Harvey Rishikof, Stewart Baker and Bernard Horowitz. The book can be ordered online. This is the eighth and final installment of our Patriots Debate series. INTRODUCTION“The restrictions on the transfer of detainees to the custody or effective control of foreign countries interfere with the authority of the executive branch to make important and consequential foreign policy and national security determinations regarding whether and under what circumstances such transfers should occur in the context of an ongoing armed conflict. … Nevertheless, my … [Read more...] about Detention Policies: What Role for Judicial Review?
Idling in her career, unable to hit the billable-hour requirements, Jones (her real name is not used due to the sensitivity of the issue) is a fifth-year associate busy planning an exit strategy. But hers is not an isolated tale of personal failure; it is the all-too-common story of women of color struggling to thrive at large law firms—and leaving in droves.Statistically, Jones faces a grim career outlook. Eighty-five percent of minority female attorneys in the U.S. will quit large firms within seven years of starting their practice. According to the research and personal stories these women share, it’s not because they want to leave, or because they “can’t cut it.” It’s because they feel they have no choice.“When you find ways to exclude and make people feel invisible in their environment, it’s hostile,” Jones says. “Women face these silent hostilities in ways that men will never have to. It’s very silent, very subtle … [Read more...] about Minority women are disappearing from BigLaw–and here’s why
Through the ABA Journal’s monthly 10 Questions feature, reporter Jenny B. Davis spent 2016 speaking to legal professionals of all different backgrounds and walks of life. Here are the 12 fascinating people we got to know this year, along with an abridged introduction and some of the questions they answered.Roberta Kaplan: From lesbian moms to Airbnb, she makes sure laws keep pace with changeRoberta Kaplan could be described as a specialist in emerging law. She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs. A Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison partner in New York City, she successfully argued U.S. v. Windsor before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013, winning a landmark verdict that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. Her book about the case, Then Comes Marriage: United States v. Windsor and the Defeat of DOMA, was published last fall. And she’s achieved significant legal victories on behalf of … [Read more...] about 12 months of 10 Questions: Meet some of the fascinating lawyers we profiled in 2016