The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to revisit the issue of whether mentally disabled criminal defendants can face the death penalty. In Atkins v. Virginia, the Court ruled that the execution of persons with mental…more
The October 2013 Term is in full swing with the U.S. Supreme Court issuing its first opinions. One of the first cases decided, Stanton v. Sims, involved whether police officers are authorized to pursue a fleeing suspect onto a…more
The praise of a highly respected judge is one of the most credible endorsements a New Jersey lawyer can receive. However, incorporating these testimonials is still prohibited under the state's ethics laws.
A federal district…more
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Security Administration (NSA) apparently were not amused by the clever t-shirts Dan McCall created and sold via Zazzle.com. The two agencies sent cease and desist letter…more
Edward Snowden may never return to the United States to face charges that he leaked highly classified government documents. While the United States has extradition treaties with more than 100 countries, they do not guarantee a…more
The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding.
New Jersey has some of the toughest bullying laws in the country, but could annihilating your opponent in a high school football game really constitute a violation?
In Texas, school officials were forced to consider such an…more
It's not easy to admit being wrong, particularly if you are one of the most respected judges in the country. Yet, that is precisely what Judge Richard Posner did.
The admission did not involve a trivial matter, but rather a…more
As it kicked off a new term, the U.S. Supreme Court did not shy away from controversy. Its first case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, could have significant implication for campaign finance reform.
Referring to the spouses as "tomatoes" is enough to remove a judge from a divorce case, even if he also happens to be Italian. Superior Court Judge Philip Maenza was recently forced to recuse himself from a New Jersey divorce…more
Businesses and entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to secure funding for their latest ventures, from producing a documentary to launching a space telescope. However, the most anticipated facet of the industry…more
While the Federal Government certainly understands the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, many same-sexed married couples are still unable to receive federal benefits.
Unlike Senator John McCain, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court justices play computer games or check text messages or email on their iPhone during oral argument. Justice Elena Kagan recently revealed that the Court members…more
While the federal government has no current plans to legalize marijuana, it will not go after states that do. The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued much-anticipated guidance stating that it will not challenge state laws…more
The picture of Senator John McCain playing poker on his Smartphone went viral within a few hours after it was posted. Perhaps the reason had less to do with the fact that a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was…more
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