Category: Courts of the United States


Tweeting During Trial Could Land You In Jail!

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: October 10, 2011

Well, it’s official.  If you’re doing your civic duty as a juror in California and you Tweet (or Facebook or e-mail or… name your technology) about the trial, you will officially be in criminal contempt of court.  What does that mean to you?  It could mean six months in the klink! Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Friday (Assembly Bill 141, authored by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles) which requires trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will… Read More

The Road to the U.S. Supreme Court (or What Is A Lawsuit, Really?)

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: September 24, 2011

The Institue for Justice has produced the fantastic video below.  Interested in the steps of a lawsuit? This incredibly informative and entertaining video lays it all out from filing a lawsuit (i.e. suing someone) to trial to appeals to the ultimate arbiter of justice, the U.S. Supreme Court. Further comments or questions? Call or e-mail me. I’d love to discuss this with you.  Hey, I’m a lawyer.  It’s what I do! Hat Tip to Ilya Shapiro at the Cato Institute

Five Insurance Executives Guilty in AIG Fraud Case

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: March 1, 2008

Well, there is justice after all. No one, not even the multibillion dollar insurance industry, is above the law. I, for one, am glad to see that major corporate greed and deceit has not gone unpunished. Convictions for, among other things, mail fraud, conspiracy, and false statements to the SEC have humbled at least 5 insurance executives and have hopefully injected indescribable into many other insurnace executives sitting on the sidelines in anticipation of last week’s verdict. Essentially, the government presented evidence that the defendants engaged in a scheme to falsely inflate AIG’s reported loss reserves, a key indicator of… Read More

Link of the Day – History of U.S. Supreme Court

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 16, 2006

This site is made possible by New York Life Insurance Company, the sole corporate sponsor of THE SUPREME COURT, the first major television series to explore the history and impact of the nation’s highest court. The series, produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, will air on PBS on Wednesday, January 31 2007 and Wednesday, February 6, 2007 at 9-11 PM.

Link of the Day – U.S. Supreme Court

Author: Lowell Steiger

Published On: December 15, 2006

The United States Supreme Court has its own website.  Click here to log onto the U.S. Supreme Court’s site where you can find: Recent Decisions, the Constitution, Biographies of the Current Justices, the Docket, Oral Arguments, the Supreme Court Calendar, Court Rules, Case Handling Guides and much, much more.  You could literally spend days or weeks on this site.  A wealth of information.

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