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Posner Back on Track in Pro Se Case

Richard Posner, now a retired and controversial jurist, is back in court.

When Posner suddenly quit the federal court of appeals, court watchers wondered why. Then he self-published a book that left no question: he was disillusioned with the judiciary.

One critic called it a trainwreck, but whatever. Now the judge is back on track and on a mission.

The recently debuted series 'American Vandal' has definitely sparked some interest in the legal community, and not just for the jab it takes at 'Making a Murderer.' The Netflix original show is a satirical look at the true crime genre of docu-series, which, as pointed out by the ABA Journal, contains some rather poignant criticism of the criminal justice system and the media that surrounds it.

However, the satire in the show is rather strong, particularly given the nature of the underlying crime that prompts the criminal investigation: Every car in the high school faculty parking lot was vandalized, apparently by one person who spray-painted crudely drawn penises on each car.

It's like a real life crossover episode between the casts of two very different television dramas. One involving the chaotic fight over an oil baron's vast billion dollar estate, and the other being the life and times of a fast talking, high paid, and damn good lawyer who tows the line and once called a donkey named Buddy to the witness stand (this last part is actually true and got the case settled).

The Texas Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether that damn good lawyer's $7.5 million contingency fee (which amounts to $48K per hour) is valid. However, it's not really the amount of the fee that's contested, and in fact, the actual contingency the attorney would have earned was more than double that. Why this lawyer now has to fight to defend his fee is the sort of cautionary tale every attorney that agrees to accept a contingency should be aware of.

Just outside Pittsburgh, PA, Beaver County Magisterial District Judge Andrew Hladio may surely have found himself in a sort of judicial ethics pickle. It seems that while charges against him were pending in one ethics complaint with the state's judicial ethics board, he allegedly violated additional judicial ethics rules.

In the recently announced state judicial board complaint, it is alleged that he committed acts of retaliation against the complainants and witnesses to the ethics complaint that was initiated in 2016. And while the 2016 complaint may allege more egregious conduct, the alleged acts of retaliation would certainly call into question any judicial officer's ability to perform.

What to Do When Judges Make Courtroom Speeches

Sometimes, a judge has to speak his or her mind.

And when a judge steps down from the bench, walks down to the well and addresses the courtroom audience, it's really time to listen. It's not about the record; it's about the lesson.

That's the law between the lines. Here's what to do when judges make speeches in the courtroom.

Judge Unaware He Gave Child Custody to a Child Rapist

It's hard to put a positive spin on a really bad move.

But perhaps Judge Gregory Ross could become the poster child for "Wake Up Your Judge Day." He's the judge who awarded joint custody of a child to a twice-convicted child rapist, apparently because of a blunder on a legal form he signed.

A Michigan court spokesman said it was really the prosecutor's mistake, but somebody's head is going to roll. For now, the judge is facing a recall.

CBS Fires Lawyer for Post About Las Vegas Shooting

Charles Dickens coined the phrase "the law is a ass," and unfortunately sometimes lawyers embody it.

Let me not cast the first stone because everybody makes stupid remarks. I remember a judge once interrupted my argument to say, "stop that galloping nonsense!"

But Hayley Geftman-Gold's comments give lawyers a really bad name -- as if that were possible. Her Facebook posts came at the worst possible time.

Man Commits Suicide at Law Firm Representing Ex-Wife

Troubled by spousal support debts that had landed him in jail, a Virginia man committed suicide at the law offices of his ex-wife.

Sadly, it's a reality that shocks legal communities all too often. Sometimes attorneys get shot; judges aren't bullet-proof either.

With every lawyer-involved death, however, it is also a reminder that legal disputes frequently find people at their lowest points. Many times, it makes things even worse.

Law Student Scammed on 'Offer Up' App

Poor -- like literally poor -- Kelly DeSalvatore...

DeSalvatore, a law student, handed her iPhone to a stranger who gave her fake money in return. Not that it was her fault, but maybe she should have looked up "offer-and-acceptance" before she used "Offer Up."

The popular online exchange, like Craigslist and others, does not guarantee bona fide deals. Scams happen all the time, even to law students.

Special Prosecutors Denied Almost $200,000 in Fees

It may come as a shock to true believers, but you don't always get what you pray for -- especially when it comes to attorney's fees.

That's because you literally have to pray for relief from the court, and attorney's fee awards are not actually that big in Texas. It's not about the struggling economy or hurricane damage.

In the case of an attorney general allegedly gone bad, it's about the law. The attorneys prosecuting him want almost $200,000 for pre-trial work in the case, but the county fee schedule only authorizes $1,000.