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Weinstein Surrenders, Manhattan Files First Rape Case

After setting the internet ablaze by turning himself in to the NYPD, Harvey Weinstein posted a $1 million bail, was fitted with an ankle monitor, and released. Weinstein faces criminal charges of rape, sex abuse and related crimes in New York.

In the state case, two women allege he forced them into sex acts with him in 2013 and 2004. The case does not include allegations by scores of other women, including actresses Ashley Judd and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Federal and local investigators are looking into other charges, but the Manhattan District Attorney's Office is the first to file. In many ways, it's about time.

Chicago, You Have a Problem With Bankruptcy Lawyers

Everybody knows that lawyers never lose -- even in cases they lose -- because they always get paid.

Of course, that's a generalization because every lawyer knows that clients also stiff them. There's a different problem in Chicago's bankruptcy court, however.

In the Northern District of Illinois, attorney's fees routinely have been paid first among creditors through so-called "step-up" payment plans. It's become an issue, and now some lawyers are getting a courthouse haircut.

It's a story with more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at. A Texas county and district attorney (yes, he is both the county attorney and district attorney) has been sued for allegedly spying on a fellow elected official, a constable, by monitoring and reading emails without a warrant.

A spokesperson for the district attorney's office explained that the allegations are meritless as the emails of the county constable are public record and available to anyone who files a request. What's unclear is whether a proper request was ever made, or needed in the first place. Regardless, the district attorney had the civil complaint against him sent out for independent investigation (per policy), and has recused himself from the criminal matter against the constable.

Lawyer Faces Murder Charge in Drunk Driving Case

There is nothing good to report when lawyers drive drunk. To put it in perspective, losing your license to drive and practice law are minor consequences compared to what can result.

This time, a lawyer was driving drunk -- four times the legal limit -- when she hit a motorcyclist and killed him. She was doing 84 miles per hour when she ran down the man, who was stopped at a red light.

Police booked her on suspicion of second-degree murder in what they describe as a "horrific collision."

For the small firm lawyers and solos out there who know the ebb and flow of the feast or famine model of law practice, there's a way to make sure you don't go hungry during one of those long famines: Firing staff, or cutting hours.

Small firm owners are probably thinking that this is rather harsh. There's no doubt about it, it is incredibly difficult to let go of a valued staff member, especially in the small firm setting. But if the famine is associated with a lull in the workload, you have to do the math on whether maintaining your current level of staffing is a financially sound business decision. After all, if self-preservation is an instinct you possess, you know all too well that if your firm goes under, both you and that staff member will be losing their jobs.

Will the Supreme Court Hear 'Making a Murderer' Case?

If you don't want to hear any more about Brendan Dassey, you are not alone.

Dassey, whose tale played out on "Making a Murderer," was a 16-year-old with "intellectual deficits" at the time he was interrogated in the Wisconsin case. He confessed and was convicted with his uncle in the rape and murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005.

The case, unlike the Netflix documentary, has been going on for a decade. Attorneys for the state have asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear it all again.

Utah Court Weighs Sex Abuse Case Against Former Judge

In a case against a former federal judge, the Utah Supreme Court is pondering a state law that allows victims to sue over alleged sexual abuse that happened decades ago.

Richard W. Roberts, a longtime district judge in Washington, D.C., retired last year after Terry Mitchell claimed he sexually abused her in 1981. Roberts has admitted a sexual relationship with his accuser, who was 16 years old at the time, but claims it was consensual.

The state Supreme Court is deciding whether the state's 35-year statute of limitations is constitutional. The Utah legislature answered that question two years ago.

Lawyer Disciplined for Sexting Minor

WARNING: This blog could make you sick.

A 34-year-old Pennsylvania attorney had a sexting relationship with a 14-year-old girl two years ago. According to court records, he tried to seduce her, sent her pictures of his penis and masturbated for her on "Face Time."

He pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of corrupting a minor last year and was sentenced to less than two years. He won't be a jail house lawyer, however, because he has been suspended from law practice for three years.

Most lawyers out there play by the book. Sure, some of us can get rather creative with the letter or spirit of the law. Others make sure to have hardcovers, or aluminum encased e-readers, so that the book can make more of an impact when we throw it.

But, more frequently than the profession would ever like to admit, lawyers succumb to greed and turn a blind eye to a few important rules regarding referral fees. While some may only temporarily walk or cross an ethical line, those that repeatedly trample that line until their pockets are handsomely lined are more likely to be held responsible for their actions. And as most lawyers know after their first week on the job, being held responsible for anything is rarely good.

Lawyer Intervenes Real-Time in Police/Motorist Assault

Any lawyer can beat an illegal traffic stop, but a lawyer with a cell phone can stop an illegal beating.

That's what attorney Deborah Baker-Egozi did when she witnessed a police officer assaulting a motorist. She took out her phone, recorded the incident and then told them she was a lawyer.

That stopped the cop, who quickly turned into your friendly neighborhood policeman. Baker-Egozi, however, was not done.