We proudly and enthusiastically welcome Eliot Thompson to our firm. Eliot graduated from Reed College in Portland and then, in 2007, from the University of Virginia School of Law. He began his career in corporate litigation for a large law firm in Washington, D.C. before spending over three years arguing cases to trial and appellate courts as an Assistant Public Defender in Richmond, Virginia. Since January 2013 he has been a Deputy District Attorney in … Read more
Oct 26, 2016
Oct 7, 2016
At least one prosecuting attorney offered to drop charges for possession of child pornography against a teenager consisting of photos she took of herself if she agreed to register as a sex offender. Lenore Skenazy tells the story at her Free Range Kids website. Is it really a crime for a kid to photograph himself?
Oct 6, 2016
Most of us when asked to identify our “assets” will easily recall those items of real or personal property which can be seen or touched; i.e., our home, vehicles, jewelry, etc. With a little more thought we are likely to summon to mind our bank accounts, certificates of deposit, stock portfolios, retirement plans and 401(k) accounts as being among our assets. Relatively few people, however, are apt to identify their “digital assets” as property of … Read more
Oct 5, 2016
Charlie Ford is scheduled be a speaker at a CLE entitled “Estate Administration from Start to Finish“. The CLE is scheduled to take place on Wednesday December 21, 2016 all day beginning at 8:00 AM at the Portland Airport Radisson Hotel which is located at 6233 NE 78th Court in Portland, Oregon. He will be specifically discussing marshalling assets and distributing/closing estates. Sign up for the class using the link above to check … Read more
An Empirical Investigation on the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit – Really, We Did Not Make This Up!
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada helped to fund a recently published study which reports “. . . four studies in which we ask participants to rate pseudo-profound bullshit and other statements on a profundity scale” in an effort “. . . to establish this as a legitimate measure of bullshit receptivity.” The study, “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit”, published in the Journal “Judgment and Decision Making”, vol. 10, … Read more
Oct 4, 2016
At least it was his difficulty attracting business that’s given as the explanation for Nathan DeSai’s transformation from a diligent attorney who always showed up for work every day to a rogue Houston gun man randomly shooting at passing cars until police killed him according to the ABA Journal story. The moral, of course, is to make sure your lawyer has lots of work.
Sep 28, 2016
Sep 27, 2016
Northern Michigan University apparently disciplines students who tell other students they are feeling suicidal or self-destructive because those thoughts might be uncomfortable. Apparently the school would rather students with such feelings harm or kill themselves than seek help from their peers. As discussed at Popehat Blog, the school’s approach is contrary to what mental health professionals would suggest.
Sep 26, 2016
Oddly, the New York City Police Department claims that it can’t determine how much money it has seized from citizens over the past four years. Apparently, New York City has taken so much money through civil forfeiture in the past four years that it can’t count it all. The NYPD claims that just trying to figure out how much it has taken through civil forfeiture over that 4-year period would crash its computer system. For … Read more
Sep 23, 2016
Just Because You’ve Completed Your Sentence Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Later Imprison You for What You Have Not Done
A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision illustrates one of many Kafkaesque aspects of our justice system. In Clark v. Ryan, Case No. 15-15531 decided September 2, 2016, a three judge panel affirmed the state court conviction and 3-½ year prison sentence imposed for failing to comply with a sex offender registration statute enacted after the petitioner was convicted of the underlying crime.
In 1982 Davie Clark, who was then 18 years old, … Read more