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False Lawyer Advertising: Close but No State Bar

Lundy Law did not break false advertising law with its commercials.

However, according to a federal judge, the Philadelphia law firm did stretch the truth to the breaking point. Judge Cynthia Rufe said the managing partner lied in a television commercial.

With an endorsement like that, it's no wonder Lundy Law is advertising for business. How close can you get to the line without crossing it?

If the attorneys representing El Chapo, a.k.a. Joaquin Guzman, the infamous leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, were overly concerned about getting paid, they may have wanted to think twice before accepting the representation. Getting paid has been an issue since the beginning of this representation.

According to recent reports, the alleged kingpin's lawyers haven't received any payments since the initial payment. That payment came from "friends" of Guzman. In order to get an additional payment, Guzman claimed that he needed to make a statement in open court to his "family." However, the court rejected this request due to the concern that Guzman would be sending a coded message via the statement.

Is Retrial Kicking a Dead Horse?

Federal prosecutors seem intent on kicking a dead horse -- no disrespect intended to Sen. Bob Menendez.

But Menendez, who had a lock on re-election until the government came after him, was nearly acquitted in a federal corruption case that ended in a mistrial last year. Now the Department of Justice wants to retry him, and his Senate situation is precarious even if he beats the charges again.

Is it politics if he is a Democrat fighting a Republican administration? Or is it just another lesson in American justice?

Judge Suing Court Over Death Penalty Reassignment

When somebody sues a supreme court over a decision, it's a knee-jerk reaction to think that somebody is a fool.

After all, you don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. Would you believe, you don't sue a court to be a judge?

That's what Judge Wendell Griffen is doing. He is suing the Arkansas Supreme Court for the right to do his job. But in this battle between judges, somebody is playing the fool.

How to Handle Clients With Substance Abuse Issues

A client was late to a DUI hearing, so I called him on the cell phone.

"I got you a good deal. Get down here now," I said. He showed up 20 minutes later, reeking of alcohol.

What do you do with somebody like that? Is it possible to defend an impaired client and protect society at the same time?

New Guidelines on When Judges Should Use Internet Research

Sometime after Al Gore invented the internet, judges started including internet sources in their decisions.

That was then. Now the American Bar Association has invented guidelines for how judges should use the internet for legal research.

And if you believe that Gore invented the internet or that the ABA can tell judges how to do their jobs, you may want to check out bridges for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, there are these new rules:

What to Do for Immigrants and Clients in a Hostile Social Environment?

A murderer, a drug dealer, a drunk driver -- a few of my least popular clients.

They were not accused; they were already convicted. But clients like that are practically dead men walking into the courtroom because of a prejudice against innocence.

Lawyers have to fight for unpopular clients more than ever. That's because the legal world can be a hostile place -- especially for immigrants in America today. 

How to Respond When Your Opponent Calls You Stupid

'OMG, are you stupid?'

When your opponent says that in the midst of litigation, it means at least one of two things: either you are stupid or your opponent is stupid. It could also mean you are both stupid, but let's keep it simple.

In the case of Bradley P. Moss against Donald Trump, history will be the judge. For the rest of us, maybe we should keep our "stupid" thoughts to ourselves because it's never a good look to say everything that comes to mind.

Colorado Lawyers Can Avoid Disciplinary Issues With Online Program

Lawyers can avoid disciplinary problems by completing a new online program launched in Colorado.

Administered by the state's Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, it is the first program like it in the nation. Attorneys who use it also can earn credits for continuing legal education.

Lawyers from other jurisdictions may use the self-assessment program, with some limitations. But Illinois is already following Colorado with a similar program.

Judges are people. It might not always feel like it, but they are human beings that can get drunk on holiday spirit (or just spirits), act stupid, and embarrass themselves like everybody else. Not only is there an annual judge holiday DUI or two, from time to time, there's a really ridiculous judicial holiday drunk driving debacle.

Fortunately for lawyers and litigants, judges rarely let that holiday spirit crash into the courtroom. In fact, it is a routine caution from the bench that the holidays are not likely to impact their rulings. The warning is usually followed by a stern "bah humbug!" However, if it does happen that you get an overly festive judge, you'll find a few tips on how to handle the unusual situation below.