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Shameful Text Message to Client Draws Censure

Well, this guy sure earned himself a spot in the 2018 Lawyer Soundbite Hall of Shame. Bet He Sure Wishes He Could Have That One Back… Frustrated with his client’s nonpayment of fee, lawyer told his client he wouldn’t work on the wee…

Victory on Appeal, and Dismissal, for Therapist Wrongfully Accused

In our most recent and perhaps our greatest victory, we won an appeal granting a new trial to a beloved and esteemed therapist wrongfully accused of sexual assault by a client.  The Decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court On October 12, 2018, th…

F-Bomb Yields S-Bomb--- Lawyer Suspended

Last week, a Connecticut Court issued an opinion suspending a lawyer from the practice of law for dropping the “F-Bomb” in Court. The lawyer was talking to her colleague, not realizing that her lapel mike was still on so the Judge could h…

Plymouth State's Contempt for Free Speech Rights Now National News

PSU’S SHAME A while back on this page, I wrote about the disgraceful actions of Plymouth State University in shaming and punishing faculty members for exercising their fundamental constitutional right to freedom of speech, freedom of thought, a…

NH ACLU - Public Employee Free Speech Rights Violated

As reported in the Concord Monitor today, the NH ACLU has issued a press release criticizing Plymouth State University and Newfound Regional High School for punishing public employees that supported a professional colleague in a criminal sentencing h…

NH Supreme Court Argument Makes Front Page

On June 27, an oral argument in one of our appeals received widespread coverage in the news – front page of the Concord Monitor, Union Leader, and WMUR.  The Oral Argument and Lower Court Ruling In an oral argument before all five Justices of…

4th Amendment Protects Unauthorized Driver of Rental Car

On May 14, 2018, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures protects the driver of a rental car, even if the driver was not listed as an authorized driver on the rental agr…

Marijuana Decriminalization- Saving Taxpayer $$, Better Government

The NHPR Story According to this news story from New Hampshire Public Radio, marijuana decriminalization has helped the State Forensic Laboratory massively cut its backlog on testing of seized substances from controlled drug arrests. That is good ne…

NH House Committee Vote: Ban DUI Roadblocks

Committee: Ban Roadblocks A NH House Committee voted 12-8 in favor of recommending passage of a Bill that would ban all so-called “DWI Checkpoints” – also known as DUI Roadblocks — in New Hampshire. Inefficient and Costly Cove…

1st Circuit Reverses Felony Convictions - Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Overview – Important Federal Circuit Decision On January 9, 2018, the 1st Circuit issued an important decision for the criminal justice system, and for Eber Rivera, who may have been wrongfully convicted of Armed Assault with Intent to Murder a…

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