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Ex-computers guy, then decade as a First Amendment trial attorney in NC+TX, now #InHouse for BigTech. Husband & dog+cats dad. Proud alum of @NCCU and @NCState.
Sep 19, 2018 200 tweets 57 min read
Without diving into this particular case, this type of attorney letter is a stall tactic when you think you're going to lose on the merits The latter. Assume this were a run-of-the-mill Title VII case; typically Plaintiff's attorneys strike at the point they have maximum leverage, which Ford had. You delay when you hope some external event will turn up useful info instead

Sep 6, 2018 84 tweets 14 min read
T.'s Courtroom Chronicles, #90618

The Case Where Everyone Loses Edition Some folks were wondering what I was talking about when I tweeted this out yesterday

Sep 1, 2018 24 tweets 7 min read
"Love of police brutality is strongly bipartisan. This is what happens when one party loves 'law & order' and the other one loves public sector unions."
-Me Soooo you didn't read the linked story


Aug 28, 2018 14 tweets 5 min read
In today's criminal justice news, the Balch Springs PD officer who summarily executed unarmed 15yo black boy #JordanEdwards – and then lied about it to cover it up – has been convicted of murder

Edwards was killed as he and friends peacefully drove away from a lawful house party Our original thread on the extrajudicial summary execution without due process of Jordan Edwards is here, including the nonsensical police statement released after the shooting

Aug 22, 2018 69 tweets 20 min read
No. A person being pardoned can refuse it, rendering it ineffective. That was the precise issue in Burdick v US, where Burdick refused to accept the pardon so he couldn't be compelled to testify There is no exception for pardoning his own crime, that's a myth. He can absolutely pardon co-conspirators

Aug 6, 2018 81 tweets 23 min read
Yes! The true conservative solution is to spend obscene sums of other people's money to arrest, prosecute, and incarcerate people who aren't a threat to the community Let's do a brief "There’s a very simple way to avoid incarceration: don’t commit a crime." thread while I wait for my client's case to be called
Aug 5, 2018 29 tweets 8 min read
Yes! Just let Chicago PD shoot them like in the good ol' days! Let's do a "elected officials need to show confidence in law enforcement!" thread, Chicago Edition
Jul 21, 2018 42 tweets 11 min read
Except this isn't what Florida's Stand Your Ground law actually says

The police won't charge because the dead guy is black and the killer isn't Here's Florida's SYG law btw


Fairly certain disturbing the peace is a criminal offense in Florida
Jul 19, 2018 89 tweets 23 min read
If this ain't one of the whitest damn things... So white it thinks vaccinations cause autism

Jul 10, 2018 52 tweets 15 min read
Just read a news story on what began with this tweet. Our leaders are failing us. Goddamn. Here's @GlobeMCramer's story in @BostonGlobe (TW: including surveillance footage)

Jun 6, 2018 37 tweets 14 min read
That awkward moment when you're an incumbent Republican Congresscritter, running for re-election, and tweet out a picture of Hitler's troops to honor #DDay

Gonna guess @DrewFergusonGA / @RepDrewFerguson did Nazi that before tweeting?

[h/t @hayhaydrewdoo]
Too busy trying to weaponize patriotism to notice when you're honoring bona fide Nazis

Jun 4, 2018 61 tweets 27 min read
This opinion on the "gay wedding cake" case turns out to be much narrower than pundits will claim it is. 7-2 ruling on the outcome, but carefully couched language throughout the majority opinion. The Court almost entirely sidesteps the free speech and free exercise issues, as this line of the closing intro paragraph makes clear

May 17, 2018 77 tweets 27 min read
Here's important context: ICE has admitted to classifying people as MS-13 without any evidence they're actually in the gang, as a way of ensuring they don't get bond during immigration proceedings For example: cbsnews.com/news/ms-13-gan…
Apr 29, 2018 156 tweets 49 min read
I can't believe this app is still free Part of me still thinks it's all an elaborate joke to sell records

Apr 27, 2018 75 tweets 26 min read
In today's criminal justice news, police in Henry County GA beat the sh*t out of former NFL player Desmond Morrow for the heinous crime of mobile phone possession

Slammed into a truck, faceplanted onto the asphalt, then choked until he blacks out

And it's all on video To be fair, Georgia has been on some next-level sh*t with the police brutality for awhile. But damn.
Apr 24, 2018 21 tweets 7 min read
Your periodic reminder that cash bail is a fantastically dumb idea. A killer can get bond, while broke people arrested for weed rot in jail pending trial. Yes. The federal system, and states that have abolished cash bail, use a threat assessment process to determine whether someone should be released

Apr 10, 2018 18 tweets 12 min read
Soooo with the lunch hour fast approaching on the East Coast, I'd like to take a moment to talk to you about something very important

A podcast

Specifically the Fsck 'Em All (@fsckemall) podcast, a weekly compilation on just how f*cked our justice system is If you've never listened to @fsckemall before, you can dive right in with yesterday's episode "Judge Dredd Was A Documentary" here:

Apr 8, 2018 13 tweets 5 min read
In today's criminal justice news, Oregon police investigating a car crash raid a local homeless shelter to quickly exterminate the man they thought was responsible

And of course it was all caught on video

Who needs courts when Portland has Judge Dredd? Supposedly there was a carjacking prior to the crash, but police didn't bother to verify they had the right guy before emptying their mags

Apr 6, 2018 61 tweets 15 min read
Theoretically, but I doubt it (and certainly not for $10M)

Without seeing the suit, here's my thoughts...

1/ (For folks who find this thread later, it's in reference to this tweet by @aya_elamroussi that Tyrone Hankerson — who embezzled oodles of money from Howard University — is now going to sue over the University leaking that info)


Apr 6, 2018 60 tweets 21 min read
While this certainly could be the bombshell it seems to be, I'm not convinced yet

The law has long held that clients don't need to be aware of settlement details for them to be binding, if parameters on an attorney's settlement authority were hashed out ahead of time Say you're in a car accident, and you hire an attorney. Before the attorney sends a demand for $$$ to the other side, you tell him/her "I'll take anything above $10K."