Yearly Archives: 2011

Attorney-Client Interview: Practice Points – Part 1 of 3

Originally published in The Champion, November, 2011 Basics of a Client Interview A lawyer can meet a client in many ways, including a referral by court appointment or in the waiting room of the lawyer’s office. For purposes of this

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Attorney-Client Interview: Innocence, Jail and Canines – Part 3

Originally published in The Champion, November, 2011 Do You Believe That I’m Innocent? On occasion, some clients desper­ately insist that their lawyer must believe they are innocent. A tempered response goes something like this: Your innocence is not the stan­dard.

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Attorney-Client Interview – Practice Points Part 2

Originally published in the Champion, November, 2011 The Client Has Been Accused of What Crime? It is essential to know what hap­pened both from the client’s perspective and from the government’s point of view. Before the attorney starts, she should

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ABA Blawg 100

From the Sidebar has been selected to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100, the 5th annual list of the best in blogs about lawyers and the law.  Thanks for all your support, comments and advice all of you have provided to the

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Accused of Bias, Judge Recuses Himself from 17 Ongoing Cases

By Thomas G. Wilkinson, Jr. and Michael P. Zabel Can joint representation with independent counsel remedy a conflict of interest? In a recent criminal case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, a federal judge denied

Posted in Prosecution & Defense

Child Abuse Reporting Laws – Penn State Scandal

By: Hayes Hunt and Brian Kint An omission, or failure to act, is a crime only where the law imposes an affirmative duty to act.  Historically, the law has been reluctant to impose such duties.  Yet in some instances, the law does

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Juror Misconduct & Criminal Contempt. In California, Tweet and Go to Jail

In an effort to deal with the ever increasing misuse of social media at trial, the California Legislature amended the criminal contempt definition to include juror misconduct as outlined below.  CA Assembly Bill 141.  Signed into law by Gov. Brown

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How Jurors Decide — Witness Credibility

By Benjamin E. Zuckerman How do jurors reach their verdicts?  It’s simple: they vote for the party whose witnesses they like best.  Early in my career, I handled a criminal defense matter.  The client had been charged with burglarizing a

Posted in Trial

Effective Video Depositions — The Director’s Chair

By Benjamin E. Zuckerman of Cozen O’Connor Nothing is more boring than watching a witness testify on videotape.  Especially after lunch.  Jurors who don’t nod off should be given prizes. We live in an age of hyper-active movies, videos and

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Corporate Search Warrant Protocol: Email to Employees

After publishing “Search Warrant Protocol – What Every Company Should Do to Prepare”, I received a number of requests for a sample notice-of-warrant email from a company to its employees.  Here you go: Our offices are being searched by law

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Hayes Hunt concentrates his practice in the representation of individuals, corporations and executives in a wide variety of federal and state criminal law and regulatory enforcement matters as well as complex civil litigation. Hayes is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Department as well as its Criminal Defense and Governmental Investigations Group.
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