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Friday, August 12, 2005

N.H. charges against illegal immigrants dismissed!

I have this through a third party, so new link yet. In case you don't know the story, here's a post I did on it a little while back.

Bottom line is, these trespassing charges against illegal immigrants solely because they were in the town were totally bogus. Thank god Judge Runyon had some common sense. Hopefully these arrests will disappear from memory and don't represent a trend.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Judgment against public defender reversed

Here's an interesting post from "a Public Defender" blawg. According to the story, a man was shot and paralyzed by some cops, who then planted a gun in his hand, getting him convicted for assault. In the aftermath (story doesn't say what happened to the cops, who hopefully were sent to prison), the man successfully sued his public defender for failing to act on knowledge that the officers involved had a pattern of corruption. The award was reversed, however, because of juror misconduct. In fact, apparently one of the jurors had starred in a movie about the scandal and never mentioned it!

The question I have is, who is theoretically most liable for the man's wrongful conviction? Clearly the immediate officers involved but, after that, I think the next most responsible agencies are the police department and the prosecutor. Only if those agencies were non-negligent should a public defender be liable, in my opinion.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Blogging tip

Here's a tip from the blog of legal marketing expert Larry Bodine, quoting a comments made at a conference by legal blog marketer Kevin O'Keefe. The best advice is this: keep your posts short, and quote, link and cite other blogs and cites. This is O'Keefe's advice for getting traffic, which apparently has been successful for him.

He says make each post two paragraphs, with no more than two sentences each! That strikes me as impossibly short, and he even gleefully violates this rule in the post itself. Nevertheless, I can't disagree that brevity is undoubtedly a virtue.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Fantasy Blog Market?

Here's a link to a web page called the "Fantasy Blog Share Market." What the point of it, and who would be interested, I'm not sure. Is this a joke? Is this about people trying to make money of other people's blogs, or is it about entertainment? Who are these people?