RES IPSA HITS 33,000,000

Audience_Frontier_FiestaWe have hit another milestone today with over 33,000,000 views. We are also expected to reach 35,000 followers on Twitter.  That hardly makes us competition for the largest sites but it is still an impressive collection of people seeking a place for civil but passionate discourse on legal and policy issues  of our time (and perhaps a few wacky stories).  We often use these milestones to look at the current profile of the blog and its supporters around the world.

As always, I want to offer special thanks for our weekend contributors: Mike Appleton, Larry Rafferty, Darren Smith, Kimberly Dienes, and Cara Gallagher (particularly Darren who continues help up with periodic technical problems etc).

I particularly want to thank our regular commentators and readers.  We try to keep this blog as an open forum with as little interference or monitoring of the comments as possible.  Given our free speech orientation, we try not to delete comments and, for that reason, we are deeply appreciative of how most people avoid personal or offensive comments in debating these issues.  We have had to delete a handful of comments with personal attacks or profanity but the number remains quite low for a blog of this size.  The success of this blog is due to the fact that we offer something more than the all-too-common troll-driven, angry, and insulting commentary of the Internet.  Thank you for voluntarily assuming restraint over the tenor and content of your comments. Continue reading

The Yearbook Controversy: Gloria Allred Gives Moore The Issue That He Was So Desperately Seeking In Election

downloadI have been critical of the representation afforded by Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom in past cases, including the rapid calling of press conferences at the height of news cycles.  Bloom has had public squabbles with clients including Harvey Weinstein and Kathy Griffin.  While media management is part of zealous representation, there are times when I am left uncertain as to the legal strategy behind press conferences.  In the case of Allred’s representation of Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson, the press conference has not only resulted in her being nationally ridiculed but she is now accused of falsifying Moore’s signature on a yearbook.  Allred’s defense of her client on the charge has been so anemic and uncertain that many have taken it as a concession.  As a result, Allred has given Moore just the issue to paint all of these women as liars and made the failure to turn over the yearbook the element of doubt that he was so desperately searching for in this scandal.  Just as I was critical of Moore’s counsel, this situation could not be worse for Allred’s client.  This was a predictable attack that Allred should have anticipated and had a response (other than we will turn over the yearbook in time) to blunt the attack on her client . . . better parading her in front of cameras.


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Counsel For Roy Moore Make A Bad Situation Worse With Bizarre Press Conference and Notice Letter

GW247H200Judge_Roy_MooreThe unfolding disaster surrounding Roy Moore truly gets worse the day.  In the last 24 hours, two more women with highly compelling accounts described the same conduct of Moore pursuing very young girls while a prosecutors in his 30s.  This includes a girl who Moore allegedly pulled out of her trig class in high school to ask out.  She said that she later avoided him after one date where she felt he forced himself on her against her will.  Moore has made the situation worse with conflicting and unconvincing statements about his alleged penchant for very young girls.  However, if Moore’s self-defense has been wanting, the defense by two of his lawyers has been even worse.


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A Question of Privilege: How Mueller Used Manafort’s Own Lawyer As A Witness Against Him

download-3Below is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the highly controversial move of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to use Paul Manafort’s own lawyer as a witness against him.  What is most striking about this move is that it was entirely unnecessary given the other evidence of alleged violations of federal law governing foreign agents.  The case against Manafort is strong but the denial of attorney-client protections in the case should be a matter of great concern for all citizens — regardless of your view of the underlying merits of the Russian investigation.

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images-1Below is my column in USA Today on the Rick Gates indictment and his potential as a witness for the prosecution in the Mueller investigation.  The other obvious concern for the defense should be General Michael Flynn. It is curious that there was no indictment of Flynn given his similar alleged violations involving work as a foreign agent. Flynn would also be a natural target for prosecutors in seeking cooperative witnesses.  With George Papadopoulos’ plea and cooperation, other witnesses will start to consider whether they will get a chair when the music stops.  The President’s attack on Papadopoulos certainly sends a chilling message for those who might follow his lead, but these are heavy potential charges for potential targets.

Here is the column:

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[Not-So] LegalMatch: Disbarred Lawyer Facing Charges Of Sexual Assault On A Minor

ShubovDmitry Shubov has finally finished a determined and prolonged effort of self-destruction.  Shubov is a disbarred lawyer and founder of who has now been arrested for a sexual relationship with a minor.  His site pairs older “sugar daddy” or “sugar momma” adults with younger people. In this case, the girl proved to be 14 years old.

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