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My client did not wear diapers

Words Don Lykkebak, the attorney for former-astronaut Lisa Nowak, has no doubt dreamed of saying ever since passing the bar.

Mike Nifong: Outlier or Par for the Course?

According to David Feige, the disbarment of Duke Lacrosse Rape Case Prosecutor Mike Nifong is unique, but the instances of prosecutorial misconduct that lead to it it are not.

The Long Arm of the Law Extends to the Classroom

NPR profiles Harris County Justice of the Peace William Yeoman whose docket of misdemeanors now frequently includes students whose acting out in class now lands them in court, thanks to the state’s new “zero tolerance” policy on school discipline.

Bennett Sees Occam’s Razor and Raises Him a Chainsaw

Houston Defense Attorney Mark Bennett reminds us that there may be many reasons why your client is not guilty of the crime for which they are charged, but you only need to convince a jury of one of them, and that every contest and every explanation… complicates your case.

Houston Toxic Torts Lawyer Indicted for giving kickbacks in Insurance Settlement

Two Hartford insurance employees allegedly received a new BMW each and split $3 million to settle in bulk the 1,000 silicosis lawsuits attorney Todd Hoeffner had pending.

Texas Death Row Inmate Ruled Too Delusional for Death Penalty

A divided Supreme Court overturned the 5th Circuit in finding that in ignoring Scott Panetti’s delusional belief that he was being put to death as punishment for preaching the gospel, the lower courts did not follow existing guidelines to establish sufficient mental competency to be executed. Panetti was convicted of gunning down his in-laws in front of his estranted wife and her daughter in 1992.

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