Welcome back to Freaky Friday here on Lawyers & Liquor, where we make the legally macabre public knowledge! Generally each Friday has a different theme here, but this month we’re finally, after a six month hiatus, finishing up our review of some principles of maritime murder and the eating of your fellow crew. From just straight up murdering your passengers in U.S. v. Holmes to carving up the cabin boy last time in our first part of Regina v. Dudley and Stephens, the high sea is apparently deadly when everyone decides your life is worth less. Which is why, today, I’ve decided to highlight a less macabre but just as frightening occurrence arising out of the latter case, namely how the trial was essentially rigged to ensure that sailors could never again claim a defense of necessity when they kill and eat their crewmates.
I’m your host, the BOO-zy Barrister, and this is Freaky Friday.
Continue reading “Freaky Friday Finale: Cannibalism and a Biased Court – The Trial of R v. Dudley and Stephens”
Welcome back to Lawyers & Liquor where we’re going to keep the crazy train slamming down the tracks today as we lean into part 3 of our examination of the insanity defense in the courts! If you missed the first two posts, where we examined M’Naghten and Durham as standards by which to determine if a defendant has the proper mental state to be guilty of a crime, you can find those here and here respectively. but we’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so we’re just going to dive in without much of a recap because I don’t see why it’s my responsibility to summarize a bunch of shit for you. Seriously. Go read them. I’m not your momma.
But first, let’s get the form disclaimers out of the way.
Continue reading ““Policeman At The Elbow”: Insanity as a Defense, Part 3.”
This is filler. This is unabashedly filler, because I’m having an amazingly busy week and have to get the themed Friday post together still, and Boozy just doesn’t have time to sit down and write something new and glorious every Wednesday. However, I made a promise to myself, and to you fine folks, that I would keep the site updated at least twice a week as we head back to the three times a week posting schedule. So, in the furtherance of that, let’s bring back an oldie but goody and do a legal news roundup here on Lawyers & Liquor, with some light commentary by the bastardly Boozy Barrister on all of the weirdest or, in my opinion, most worthy news that has slammed into the legal world!
I swear, if I could make this a real job I’d never open a Federal Reporter again.
Continue reading “Legal News Roundup: May 8, 2019”
Welcome back to Fetish Friday here on Lawyers & Liquor and I’m just going to be honest and say I’ve completely lost track of my sponsors. So this one, folks, this one is for me, the Boozy Barrister, as we sit back and talk about a legal issue related to the after dark portions of the law. That’s right, some legal matter, precedent, or rule of law that related to when you’ve been a naughty boy, girl, or other is the purpose of our deep dives into the laws of kink and sex similar to what you might have previously seen on a websites such as twinkmovies.xxx (https://www.twinkmovies.xxx/). And this week, well, I mean, this week has just left me breathless!
So join me as we talk about the law of Autoerotic Asphyxiation here on Lawyers & Liquor!
Continue reading “Fetish Friday: “Hypoxia and Euphoria” – Recent Developments In the Law of Autoerotic Asphyxiation”
Ahh yes, client communication. Some law firms go above and beyond to ensure their clients know what’s happening with their cases, others barely speak to them before their court date. Some firms actually know what msip stand for, others just think it’s a typo. There certain bad habits that all lawyers get into with some being worse than others.
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the coffee is somewhat tolerable, and the “new messages” light on my phone is winking it’s red eye at me as I settle in for the week to begin. And, of course, as the very responsible attorney that sits and writes Lawyers & Liquor, a guiding resource for barely capable mouth breathers and the figurative (and sometimes literal) bed wetting baby lawyers of the legal sphere, I know that those messages must be handled in the correct manner:
Saved for thirty days if the client isn’t in years and panicking and waiting for them to call again, because as every good lawyer will tell you it’s only important if the client calls at least two times.
But you really shouldn’t be doing that, and I think you all know that. First, it’s a damn good way to make sure you spend an entire day in the office doing absolutely nothing except listening to voice mails and making papier mache heads out of those little “while you were out” slips. Second, it’s a damn good way to lose a ton of business in a really goddamn quick manner. Trust me, I should know, because I’ve been there myself more than once in my career.
You should always be on top of your contacts and communications, which is why a lot of lawyers are looking at getting a sharepoint calendar to manage that sort of thing. Clients like someone who remembers what they’ve talked about, when, and where. Best of all it can improves the likelihood of them recommending another client your way. I wish I knew that from the get-go.
Continue reading ““Why Don’t He Write?” – Thoughts on Good Client Communication”