BMX promoter wins $8.8 million from wife's lover in bizarre lawsuit.
DURHAM, N.C. – A San Antonio man who was ordered to pay $8.8 million his lover’s jilted husband is appealing the ridiculous verdict. The lawsuit was filed by businessman Keith King, who owns King BMX Stunt Show, which specializes in bicycle stunts shows. King filed the lawsuit in April 2017 when his wife left him and his business profits suffered. She had worked for their company and King said he had to fire his wife when he found out she’d been unfaithful. King accused Franc
Giuliani antics lead to Shakespearean downfall
Perhaps the most fascinating element of the epic scandals involving United States President Donald Trump is the Shakespearean fall of Rudy Giuliani. Once a highly respected prosecutor and successful mayor of New York City, the nation's largest metropolis, Giuliani was even a presidential candidate in 2008. All of that respect and good will is crashing and burning as a result of Giuliani's antics in defense of the president. The media keeps referring to Giuliani as Trump
Growing confirmation bias endangers jury system
The jury trial system was designed to allow everyday Americans to sit in judgment of their neighbors accused of a crime. The concept is actually brilliant, because it allows people who are accused to place their fate in the hands of their neighbors, people who are just like them. In the earliest days of the United States of America, towns and communities were small. There were few cities, with Boston, New Orleans and New York City being the only large cities. People lived in
Domestic violence against women is rooted in monogamy. Research shows rejection of this concept redu
The statistics nationwide show something fascinating. The most dangerous place for a woman to be in America is in a relationship. That’s right. The old mantra that “love hurts” is true. According to the Violence Policy Center’s 2012 report entitled American roulette: Murder-suicides in the United States, 72% of all murder suicides are domestic violence. Even more shocking, 94% of the victims of these crimes are women. That’s right. 94% of homicide victims are women killed by
For lawyers - don't hand the prosecutor the win!
No lawyer wants to run out on a limb and have the limb cut off. The way to prevent yourself from being placed in that embarrassing – and losing – position is to have the information that you need to properly assess your case. Time and again I have found that being better prepared than my opponent has resulted in a win. You have to determine whether you have a case that you can potentially win and then figure out the strategy to win! Remember, just because there is a wealth of
Good lawyers never telegraph their case to the opponent
Your client has been indicted and the case is docketed for trial. At this point, you have some critical strategic thinking that needs to take place. Remember, strategy is top secret. I have said for years that the worst lawyers in the criminal defense arena are the ones who want to argue their case to the prosecutor, rather than a jury. When you play poker and you are dealt a good hand the last thing you do is blurt out what your cards are. If you’re holding three aces, you d
The biggest threat to freedom is the loss of truth
When the internet first came along I thought it was going to be a great tool for commerce and the sharing of information. Little did we know it would become something else – the dry grasslands for the brush fire of false information. Those of us who are not tech geeks have only just begun to learn how easily it is for us to be manipulated by dark web entities who can completely alter the course of information. This is a huge problem for many reasons, but most of all because i
A court reporter is the lawyer's best weapon.
Of all of the weapons in a criminal defense lawyer's arsenal, a court reporter is the biggest weapon with the most lasting impact. Every lawyers should always, always, always take a court reporter to any hearing. Most trial level courts have official court reporters, but administrative courts, misdemeanor courts and municipal courts don't. Court reporters are especially important at preliminary hearings. I once tried a preliminary hearing in which my client was accused of two
Preliminary hearings - a note for both lawyers and clients.
The first time your client should see a courtroom, if he’s out on bond, is a preliminary hearing. Some jurisdictions first require an advise of rights hearing, but many don’t. If your client is in jail and can’t make bond, or if your client has no bond, file a motion for a bond hearing at the same time you file a motion for a preliminary hearing. Have them both set at the same time. There’s a tactical reason for that which I’ll explain in a minute. Many jurisdictions bring
Confronted by police? Remain silent - it's your RIGHT!
It is fundamentally important for all serious criminal defense lawyers to make it clear to the marketplace at large that the right to remain silent is a constitutional right and that failing to cooperate with the police and failing to talk and failing to assist police in collecting this evidence is not an illegal or improper act. Remaining silent is a right – a right you must assert – not a privilege. Most of the people who come to my office after they’ve made bail are amazed