Nov 29, 2016
Ever wonder if police live by the same rules they claim to enforce?
In Minnesota, a sheriff’s deputy convicted of driving while intoxicated for the second time was just reinstated to his job after his second conviction for DUI and fourth alcohol related conviction. Even though he must blow into a breathalyzer before starting his car to drive to and from work, once on the job he drives without any restriction whatsoever. Of course, a … Read more
Nov 28, 2016
If you are a possible suspect in a criminal investigation, you may be contacted by the police. They may request an interview and there several different techniques they might use to persuade you to speak with them. Don’t do it. See below for more details.
They may tell you that they just want “your side of the story” so that they can “put the case to bed”. They might make it sound like … Read more
Nov 22, 2016
President-Elect Donald Trump has selected Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as his new Attorney General. As Attorney General, Stevens will primarily be tasked with deciding, of all the many, many federal crimes that are committed, which ones the government will actually try to prosecute.
Drug crimes? Immigration offenses? Firearms offenses? White collar crime? State violations of federal marijuana law?
It will be interesting to see what he does.
© 11/22/2016 Eliot D. Thompson of Hunt & … Read more
Nov 10, 2016
We recently blogged about a new rule issued by The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which restricts nursing homes that receive federal funds from imposing arbitration agreements on their new residents. This new rule (Rule) was scheduled to take effect on November 28, 2016. It would prevent such facilities from requiring that their new residents sign pre-dispute arbitration agreements as a condition of entry to the facility. CMS believed the Rule was needed … Read more
Nov 4, 2016
Each year, Oregon’s Department of State Lands (DSL) is the recipient of unclaimed property valued in excess of $50 million. Might any of that belong to you?
“Unclaimed property” finds its way to DSL from a variety of sources. For example, let’s say your Uncle Fester dies and his will bequeaths his 100 shares of stock in Acme Inc. to his nephew Pugsley. If Pugsley cannot be found, or is found but for some reason … Read more
Nov 3, 2016
An appellate court in Utah recently ruled that a woman appointed personal representative of her deceased husband’s estate could sue herself on behalf of her husband’s sole heir, herself, for negligently causing the motor vehicle accident that caused her husband’s death. The ABA Journal story is here.
The appellate decision is wholly insensitive to the absurdity of its conclusion. Of course, the purpose of such litigation where the only interested participants are me, myself … Read more