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LAPD Cop Films Himself Planting Cocaine in Suspect's Wallet

Crooked cops still haven't figured out how their body cameras work. Apparently, no one told them the cameras record the 30 seconds before you turn it on as well. This is good news for defendants accusing cops of planting evidence. And, as we've seen in at least three recent......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:58 pm

Washington Supreme Court: Immigration Status 'Generally Inadmissible' in Court

There are times when a person's immigration status will be relevant in a court of law. Say, if a person is accused of falsifying documents to hide that status. It could also come up if a witness is receiving some immigration benefit in exchange for or in order to......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:12 pm

5 Biggest Recent Slip and Fall Cases

Last week, an Alabama jury awarded $7.5 million to a man who fell while shopping for watermelons at a local Walmart. That may seem like a lot for a simple slip and fall, but security camera footage showed several shoppers suffering similar entanglements with a pallet hidden beneath the......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 17, 2017, 7:10 pm

Common Myths About Child Custody Disputes

Child custody disputes can be some of the most hard-fought legal battles in the courts. And in the fog of war, a lot of misconceptions can spread. To be fair, the one constant throughout all child custody determinations is that courts or arbitrators will make their decisions based on......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 9:00 pm

Walmart Watermelon-Buying Injury Nets Alabama Man $7.5M

Who knew shopping was this dangerous? Henry Walker found out while reaching for a watermelon in an Alabama Walmart in 2015. Walker's foot got caught in a wooden pallet on the floor, causing him to fall and shatter his hip. Walker sued Walmart, claiming the retailer should've known the......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 16, 2017, 6:46 pm

Is Multi-Level Marketing Illegal?

Most entrepreneurs dream of getting their small business off the ground, and growing it into a self-sustainable enterprise. Other employees will take over the day-to-day operations and sales while you think big picture. They'll rise through the ranks, hire their own employees, and you'll be further removed from much of......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 8:08 pm

Top 5 Student Loan Debt Tips

Student loan debt in America is exploding, growing by an estimated $2,726.27 every second and totaling over $1.38 trillion dollars (as of this morning). Not only are students being buried in debt, parents are now, too. And with so many shady debt servicing companies and for-profit colleges out there,......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 8:02 pm

Chicago's Topless Ban Upheld by Split 7th Circuit

Chicago's indecent exposure ordinance is quite specific, including a ban on the display of "any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola thereof of any female person" in public. Sonoku Tagami is not a fan of the law, and decided to celebrated "GoTopless......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:20 pm

What Is a 'Body Broker'?

You probably felt pretty good checking the organ donor box on your driver's license application. And the thought of donating your body to science seemed a noble endeavor. After all, you're not going to be using it anymore -- it might as well go to someone in need. At the......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 9:06 pm

Don't Answer the Phone! That Call Is Coming From ... YOUR OWN NUMBER

The old trope of horror and suspense films -- where the bad guy's call is traced to the same house as the victim -- is taking on a new twist in an effort to scam unwitting answerers. Scam artists, able to spoof caller ID information, can make it look......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 8:06 pm

Can Professors Ban Students From Classes?

A Duke University professor made waves last week when it was revealed that the syllabus for one of her courses included the warning: "Anyone who is on the staff of The Chronicle is not permitted to take this class." Members of the campus newspaper were rightfully miffed at the......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 14, 2017, 6:15 pm

Insurance Company Settles Kim Kardashian Fender Bender Suit

Celebrities -- they're just like us! Like us, they have reality TV shows based on being the offspring of one of O.J. Simpson's attorneys. Like us, their sex tapes get "leaked" to the internet and they have 72-day marriages to NBA players. And just like us, their insurance companies......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 11:10 pm

Can You Fire an Employee for Flipping Off the President?

By now you've probably seen the infamous photo of Juli Briskman, bicycling in Virginia, casually flipping the bird to President Donald Trump's motorcade as it passed by. "He was passing by and my blood just started to boil," Briskman said after the photo went viral. "I'm thinking, DACA recipients......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 7:58 pm

Is It Illegal to Honk at a Cop?

"Seriously?" "Yeah, seriously -- is your horn stuck?" "Is your brake stuck?" "Is your f***in' horn stuck, smarta**?" Probably not the ideal start for an exchange with a police officer, and it didn't get any better from there for Scott Smith, a St. Louis computer programmer with the temerity......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 6:59 pm

Why You Should Be Nice to Your Divorce Lawyer

Given the glut of lawyer jokes out there, and the common impression of lawyers (even the pejoratives attorneys seem to happily embrace), the thought of lawyers requiring niceties or, no kidding, a whole day dedicated to being nice to them, seems laughable. Lawyers want our money, not our compliments,......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 13, 2017, 6:56 pm

Is the Air Force Liable in Texas Church Shooting?

Last week, Devin Kelley gunned down 26 people in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. As it turns out, due to an Air Force court-martial for domestic violence, Kelley should never have been allowed to purchase the AR-15 military-style rifle he used in the shooting. The problem was that......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 10, 2017, 10:27 pm

Trump's New Cuba Travel and Business Rules

'I am canceling the last administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba,' President Donald Trump declared in June, announcing yet another rollback or rescission of Obama-era policies. And those new rules went into effect this week, banning Americans from doing business with 180 listed entities with ties to the Cuban......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 10, 2017, 7:00 pm

Can You Get a Judge to Reduce Bail?

The American bail system has come under an increasing amount of scrutiny lately. Of course we don't want potentially dangerous criminals in public and we want to make sure defendants stick around for their criminal trials. But too often innocent people languish in jail for no reason other than......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 10, 2017, 6:57 pm

Louis CK Accused of Sexual Misconduct: Allegations Explained

For fans of Louis CK, the recent news about the allegations against the comedian may not entirely be a surprise. After all, his comedy has always walked that fine line between inappropriate but still funny, and just totally wrong, which most "R" rated comics are known for walking. In......
Author: George Khoury, Esq.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 11:12 pm

'El Chapo' to Undergo Mental Health Evaluation: Is Solitary Making Him Crazy?

Ever since Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's extradition to the United States, he has been confined to an 80-square-foot cell in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Correctional Complex for 23 hours a day, given just one hour of exercise in a room with a single treadmill and stationary bicycle. And that solitude has......
Author: Christopher Coble, Esq.
Posted: November 9, 2017, 11:03 pm