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Blog Posts in April, 2016

  • FBI Admits Hair Match Testimonies from Experts Are Flawed

    || 29-Apr-2016

    For decades, an “advanced” technique the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) used to tie suspects to crime scenes was forensically analyzing hair samples. The results of the analysis would then be presented in court testimonies from an expert witness. More often than not, these testimonies and the apparent results of the analyses were not in favor of the defendant. Now, in a formal ...
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  • A friend of mine just started an important new job in Chicago as the Director of Government Affairs for a medium-sized business. Like any of us would be, she was very excited about her move and the new opportunity. As her friend and an employment law attorney, can you guess what was the first question I asked her?... Of course, I questioned whether her employer gave her a thorough, written job ...
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  • Protecting Yourself from Misplaced Documents

    || 22-Apr-2016

    There have been a number of stories in the news recently about how the VA has either misplaced or shredded documents veterans and their representatives have submitted to support their claims. Information submitted online has been lost, and documents sent to the VA have been wrongfully shredded. There is no way of knowing for sure whether you are one of those affected, but there are things that you ...
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  • It used to be that if a person was stopped on the interstate with a large amount of U.S. currency or drugs, they were charged with crimes of either possession with intent to distribute marijuana or possession of drug money in violation of Nebraska Revised Statute Section 28-416(17). Back in those days, if the federal government got involved in cash seizures, most of the time it was to pursue a ...
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  • What Is "Tort Reform"?

    || 18-Apr-2016

    “Tort reform” is a phrase used for the process of limiting the ability of injured persons to fairly recover for their injuries, even when their injuries are caused by someone else. One popular technique of persons championing tort reform is to use social medial to spread tales of what they consider outrageous verdicts by out of control juries. Often citing the case of Stella Liebeck, ...
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  • Talking Is Never a Good Idea

    || 13-Apr-2016

    Having practiced criminal law in state and federal courts for more than a decade, I’ve learned several things, one of which is the simple principle that there are common mistakes made by defendants or defense attorneys that lead to convictions. One of the biggest mistakes a person can make is talking to cops. It is my opinion that the most common reason people are in jail or prison is ...
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  • Is Asset Forfeiture Legal Stealing?

    || 8-Apr-2016

    Asset forfeiture is the process of law enforcement agents seizing property from an individual during an arrest, and then a United States attorney prosecutor successfully keeping it for the government’s own use afterwards. Even if no conviction is garnered for the suspected crime that led to the arrest, the seized property can be kept forever by the government if the asset forfeiture case ...
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