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Jared's diet helped turn him into a child molester. That's the novel theory his lawyers developed last week on the eve of his sentencing. Jared Fogle, the former Subway sandwich chain spokesman and famous weight loss champion, was sentenced last week to over 15 years in prison for having sex with minors. But his lawyers argued that he should be shown leniency because he developed a sex addiction only after overcoming his food addiction.

It sounds suspiciously like the Twinkie defense to us.

When it comes to law and technology, if you throw a rock, you'll hit someone claiming that legal tech is about to revolutionize practice. But it's not just Big Data and virtual paralegals that are changing how things are done.

Even in DUI defense, new technology is amplifying attorney resources and reshaping the balance of power in discovery, especially when it comes to video footage and audio recordings.

It seems innocuous enough of a topic. When discussing the "legal principles enunciated and embodied in judicial decisions that are derived from the application of particular areas of law to the facts of individual cases" is it caselaw or case law?

Of course, it depends on who you ask. And whoever you ask, they'll have very, very strong opinions. Just check out the Twitter war that erupted after the Solicitor General's style manual called for the "total extirpation" of the "barbarism" of caselaw -- and ran afoul of Black's Law Dictionary in the process.

If you step outside this weekend, you're bound to spot a ghost, vampire, skeleton or two. It's the season for the undead. But don't let your guard down throughout the rest of the year. The zombie apocalypse is inevitable and it could come at any time.

When the undead rise, who will protect your legal rights? Or theirs?

3 Social Media and Electronic Research Tips for Lawyers

These days, technology pervades almost every aspect of a law practice. A new trend involves using technology to help research judges and juries.

For example, online material (both social media and databases) will give lawyers a better sense of the environment in which they might present their case to the court. Electronic material makes the judge's habits and pet-peeves open knowledge for litigators. If there are too many red flags, a lawyer might even strike a judge from a case. How about that?

7 Words Lawyers Misuse

If an act, say a conspiracy to misuse a word, is incomplete, it's inchoate. Is a completed act choate? Not if you're Antonin Scalia. The Supreme Court Justice hates the word so much that he's interrupted oral arguments (not rare) to chastise a lawyer (rarer) for using the phrase.

But when it comes to commonly misused phrases, Scalia might want to save his rage for more prolific offenders. (Plus, plenty of legal dictionaries allow choate, so Nino might be a little picky here.) Whether it's Latin abbreviations or simple adjectives, there are plenty of words lawyers repeatedly misuse. Here's our collection of common crimes against language.

Good legal writing is concise, approachable, objective. In a profession where the written word is central to much of our work, lawyers with well-crafted writing are some of the most effective practitioners.

But sometimes we get carried away in the moment. We want our client to know that this motion for summary judgment is as important as the Gettysburg address, or at least a good Oscar speech; that a denial of our petition would really be an unchecked, Orwellian dictatorship. The problem is, that sort of hyperbole isn't just bad writing and isn't just unconvincing. It actually hurts your case.

There's no need to pore through newspapers for the day's best news. You don't even have to scour the web or check your bookmarks. Newsletters -- that's right, newsletters -- save you time and effort by bringing a curated collection of the best, most relevant news right to your inbox.

There's no place better to get your newsletters than from the Internet's #1 site for free legal information. FindLaw has 41 different newsletters for legal professionals. There's a newsletter for your every need, from "Cool Jobs" -- no lame ones! -- to immigration case summaries, to developments in environmental law. Out of all those, here's a handful we think all legal professionals could use:

You can trust old things. That's the logic of the ancient documents rule, which allows lawyers to introduce hearsay evidence so long as the document is old enough and appears authentic. How old is old enough? Just 20 years.

Ironically, that thinking is probably out of date, given the amount of digital data that can be hoarded away for long periods. If the logic behind the rule was questionable when it was established, some argue that it's even weaker now. The federal judiciary might agree. It decided earlier this month to consider ending the ancient documents rule altogether.

As litigious as Americans can be, the vast majority of cases settle before going to court. How vast is that majority? Less than two percent of federal civil cases go to trial, a fivefold decrease from 50 years ago.

It's understandable that clients, and lawyers, would want to avoid trial. Trials are expensive, time consuming, unpredictable. But sometimes, they're also your best option.