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I'm assuming everyone has heard about, listened to, or read a transcript of, the conversation between Governor Scott Walker and gonzo journalist Ian Murphy, who pretended to be David Koch, regarding the Wisconsin teachers' strike. The question some people are asking is whether Governor Walker committed one or more crimes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
As any fool can see, I'm not the most consistent blogger in the world. For some reason I'm giving it another try. Maybe because Twitter and Facebook are just too limiting now that I am traveling more and have more spare time. Anyway, here goes nothing. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
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The iKeyboard just arrived. Before reading further, just click on the hyperlink in the last sentence and take a quick look at it. The keyboard sticks on over the iPad's virtual keyboard. It has raised squishy plastic keys that give you tactile feedback. You won't be able to type as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
A number of blogs and other publications are saying that New Hampshire is rolling back the rights of domestic violence victims. I decided to look into it. There is a bill, House Bill 1581. The sponsor is a Tea Party Republican, Rep. Dan Itse. As usual, my first step was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
obsidian finance vcox the oregon blogging case Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
No, Steve Jobs did not know me. Yet he became a part of my life. I started computing on an Apple II. By 1980 I was writing reviews for The Book of Apple Software. Not that it paid anything, but I was allowed to keep the programs, and that was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Child molestation - meaning of 10 years and under People v. Cornett (A123957, First Dist., 12/6/10) Cal.App.4th Child who was 10 years and 11 months at time of offense was not "child ... 10 years of age or under" within meaning of Penal Code section 288.7(b). Extensive discussion of cases... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Certificate of rehabilitation - discretionary People v. Blocker (A126229, First Dist., 11/23/10) Cal.App.4th Trial court does not abuse discretion by denying certificate of rehabilitation to otherwise-qualified candidate who maintains his innocence. Death penalty - issues People v. Foster (S058025, 11/18/10) Cal.4th Issues: use of physical restraints (stun belt and leg... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Appeals - of probationary orders that were final In re Shaun R. (H035112, Sixth Dist., 9/29/10) Cal.App.4th The phrase "all previous Orders of the Court ... remain in full force" does not operate to revive a previous order that had become final and was therefore nonappealable. "It does not turn... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Corpus delicti - erroneous admission of statement People v. Powers-Monachello (A12435, First Dist., 10/20/10) Cal.App.4th Although defendant's extrajudicial statements might have been introduced to determine whether he should be held to answer, they were irrelevant until the corpus delicti rule was satisfied. Rule requires that prosecution has to prove fact... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Fines and fees - $30 Government Code section 70373 facilities fee People v. Lopez (E048655, Fourth Dist., 9/15/10) Cal.App.4th Government Code section 70373 facilities fee could be imposed even though crime committed before statute's enactment, but conviction occurred after. Court orders abstract of judgment corrected to show court ordered three... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Counsel - ineffective assistance - reversing trial court's finding People v. Jones (A126005, 1st Dist, 6/30/10) Cal.App.4th Court of Appeal first reversed due to Lake County Judge Arthur Mann's error in refusing to hear motion alleging ineffective assistance affecting a suppression motion, and remanded with order to conduct hearing. Court... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
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It's a big no-no to highlight and annotate a book, right? Wrong. Not when it's from iBook. Here are a couple of shots of The Federalist Papers (free) on my iPad, marked up to my heart's content. Neat, huh? I love my iPad! Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
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Michael Norris, a senior trade analyst at Simba Information, called the iPad "a digital photo frame on acid." It's the best description I've heard yet. I love my iPad, no matter what President Obama says, and one of the reasons I love it is because of its ability to allow... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Child molestation - sufficiency of evidence People v. Tompkins (E047842, 4th Dist., 6/23/10) Cal.App.4th Separate evidence as to each count is not required to satisfy corpus delicti rule and admit defendant's statements. Agrees with People v. Culton (1992) 11 Cal.App.4th 363, 365. Generic and somewhat inconsistent testimony regarding multiple molestations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Appeals - attempt to augment appellate record People v. Castillo (S171163, 5/24/10) Cal.4th Court refuses to consider letters submitted by amici and referred to in their briefs. It was an attempt to augment the record "in contravention of the general rule that an appellate court generally is not the forum... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision that may well signal how it will rule on challenges to the recently enacted health care law. The case is United States v. Comstock (May 17, 2010, 08-1224). At first blush it doesn't seem like a biggie, involving as it does the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
There are so many reasons the new Arizona anti-foreigner law is unconstitutional, but let's start with the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution. “The Federal Government has broad constitutional powers in determining what aliens shall be admitted to the United States, the period they may remain, regulation of their... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
I have recently hired a Expert Atlanta Lawyer SEO Company headed by Marc Fordham, with GamePlan Marketing, to help market my law content and websites to gain more exposure. They have worked with a number of attorney friends of mine. They are the best SEO company for lawyers because all of their cylients are attorneys from Personal injury lawyers, DUI attorneys, Divorce lawyers to real estate lawyer firms. http://gameplanmarketing.com Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Factual innocence - standard and burden of proof People v. Bleich (4th Dist., 10/9/09, D053808) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ Denial of judicial finding of factual innocence under Penal Code section 851.8 upheld, where even though there was insufficient evidence to bind defendant over for trial, defendant failed to carry burden of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Burglary - claim of right defense People v. Williams (3rd Dist., 8/26/09, C059218) ___ Cal.App.4th ___ Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Laurie M. Earl erred by refusing to give claim-of-right defense instruction, since there was substantial evidence that the defendant, in good faith, believed the property taken from victim belonged... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Every once in a while I see a letter. This one was sent from one Adam Brinklow from San Francisco to the Editor of The San Francisco Chronicle: "The party whose last three presidents created 70 percent of the national debt tells us they worry that President Obama's health care... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
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After about a week of learning Bento 2, I created a database (Library) to manage my cases. Caveat: I have a small true-solo practice, doing only criminal appeals. The same Bento database cannot be used by more than one person, so there are real limitations in my little example. Here... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
Since getting iPhoto '09 with its incredibly cool Places feature I've been trying to geotag all my photos. I knew of three ways of doing it: 1) take all my pics with the iPhone, which is convenient but wouldn't do for quality shots; 2) invest in a DSLR with geotagging... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Electric Lawyer
I sat down and wrote a little article describing how I've been using Bento, and here it is, in pdf format. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at Electric Lawyer