Counting hate crimes

hate crimes

Just how many hate crimes are being committed in America? The FBI reports 7,175 hate crimes in 2017, a 17 percent increase according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC notes that the FBI’s total may be just a … Continue reading

The new wave of criminal justice reform

defendant acquitted felony courtroom verdict

A bipartisan criminal justice reform bill backed by President Trump may yet have a difficult time being passed by Congress, according to CNBC. The bill could save the federal government millions of dollars by reducing thousands of prison sentences. The … Continue reading

Infographic: How attorneys work with expert witnesses

Attorneys are turning more often to expert witnesses to help bolster their cases, and the ways they’re being used are evolving, according to a survey by The Expert Institute. More than 1,000 attorneys were surveyed by the Institute to find … Continue reading

NTL member Michael Pasternak gets $15M verdict in civil rights case

Michael B. Pasternak, Attorney at Law, Beachwood Ohio

National Trial Lawyers member Michael Pasternak says he has secured a $15 million verdict in a civil rights lawsuit over the arrests and wrongful conviction of three men referred to as the “East Cleveland Three.”  In 1995, Clifton Hudson was … Continue reading

Study shows cutting prison time by 1/5 doesn’t increase recidivism

A new study by Abt Associates shows that cutting average federal prison time by 19 percent can save vast sums of money with little effect on public safety. Shortening sentences by 7.5 months would enable a reduction of 33,203 prison … Continue reading

“To Kill a Mockingbird” starts strong on Broadway after legal fight

To Kill a Mockingbird

After lawsuits and counter-lawsuits, author Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird has started strongly on Broadway, opening to standing room only audiences, according to Forbes and Deadline.com You may recall Lee’s estate sued producer Scott Rudin over Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of … Continue reading

Podcast: How to convince clients you’re worth the cost

How do you convince a potential client that you’re worth every penny they spend hiring you for legal services? In this edition of the Asked and Answered podcast from the Legal Talk Network, attorney Janice Brown tells the ABA Journal‘s … Continue reading

Does Tesla’s med clinic ignore injured workers?

An on-site medical clinic at Tesla’s assembly plant in California serves about 10,000 employees, but some former clinic employees tell Reveal that the facility doesn’t properly help seriously hurt employees, often sending them back to work through their pain. Workers … Continue reading

Trump administration scrutinizing asbestos trust funds

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The Trump administration is stepping up its scrutiny of asbestos trust funds, out of concern that they’re being depleted by fraudulent claims, according to the Associated Press. The investigation has sought trust documents as part of a civil investigation, opposed … Continue reading

Law to protect crime victims used to shield police

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You may have heard of Marsy’s Law, which was designed to protect the identities of crime victims. But in South Dakota, a highway patrol officer is using the law to keep his name from being released after shooting a suspect, … Continue reading