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In Topic: Fargo TV series on FX (starts 4/15)

Yesterday, 10:27 PM

Thought the second episode was great.

In Topic: The Lawyer Thread Where We Stop Ruining Other Threads

22 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

So in other words, woz was teabagged by the incompetent attorney?

More like the other attorney couldn't get his zipper open, so the AG rushed over to help him get it out, and the judge forced me to take a mouth full. 


In Topic: The Lawyer Thread Where We Stop Ruining Other Threads

22 April 2014 - 05:16 PM

 

So, you guys remember that Dependency case you critiqued my motion on?  Just got back from the oral argument on that and I want to pull my hair out.  The following three things actually just happened: 

 

1. The attorney who wrote the original motion which I believe cited bad law decided to disclose some evidence literally two minutes prior to the hearing. Then, when the hearing began, and before any other party could address the judge, the attorney told the just he just disclosed some evidence but expects that the Court would preclude it due to the late notice.  

 

2. During my closing (the evidentiary portion went very well for me IMO) the same attorney objected to my closing as "argumentative".  I wanted to thank him.  

 

3. During the judge's ruling, in which he completely ignored a common sense interpretation of the facts and was obviously finding against my client, stopped and asked me what the burden of proof was on the motion.  I realized at this point he never even read my response.  I provided him the standard, which is "clear and convincing evidence of extraordinary circumstances…".  He thanks me and proceeds to say that he interprets the facts to meet such a standard.  Judge made up his mind and listened to the evidence without even knowing what the rule was on the issue before him. 

 

I want to laugh about this stuff, but this ruling emotionally destroyed my client and will now require me to do hours more work on this case.  

 

Sucks, dude, but we've all been there. 

 

Yeah I hear you.  Just needed to vent a bit, especially considered I had already mentioned this case previously. As a predominantly criminal defense attorney I'm used to decisions not going my way… but generally they probably shouldn't and opposing counsel is usually on top of things.  This one particularly stings because I believe I wiped the floor with opposing counsels and should have won, but the judge had his mind made up before stepping foot into the court room. 

 

ETA: It also doesn't help that I'm now worried the emotional hit of the hearing will push my client into going back to a harmful lifestyle. 


In Topic: The Lawyer Thread Where We Stop Ruining Other Threads

22 April 2014 - 04:06 PM

So, you guys remember that Dependency case you critiqued my motion on?  Just got back from the oral argument on that and I want to pull my hair out.  The following three things actually just happened: 

 

1. The attorney who wrote the original motion which I believe cited bad law decided to disclose some evidence literally two minutes prior to the hearing. Then, when the hearing began, and before any other party could address the judge, the attorney told the just he just disclosed some evidence but expects that the Court would preclude it due to the late notice.  

 

2. During my closing (the evidentiary portion went very well for me IMO) the same attorney objected to my closing as "argumentative".  I wanted to thank him.  

 

3. During the judge's ruling, in which he completely ignored a common sense interpretation of the facts and was obviously finding against my client, stopped and asked me what the burden of proof was on the motion.  I realized at this point he never even read my response.  I provided him the standard, which is "clear and convincing evidence of extraordinary circumstances…".  He thanks me and proceeds to say that he interprets the facts to meet such a standard.  Judge made up his mind and listened to the evidence without even knowing what the rule was on the issue before him. 

 

I want to laugh about this stuff, but this ruling emotionally destroyed my client and will now require me to do hours more work on this case.  


In Topic: The Spiritual / Religious Makeup of the FFA

21 April 2014 - 03:50 PM

 

 

Can you add options for agnostics / atheists that still follow a religion? Many of us may have some attachment to a religion due to family / want children raised, the want for tradition, maybe the thought that we don't know what god may be but one religion better represents what we think it may be than others, etc

Yeah I'd change my vote to this.  I still identify as catholic, go with family, plan on raising a kid in the catholic church, etc. even though I'm an atheist. 

 

Do you still take communion each week?  I grew up Catholic through high school and then stopped but when I go back now (rarely) for a wedding/funeral, etc I no longer accept communion. 

 

No, and I only go a few time per year.  Will go weekly with kids (I anticipate).