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Author Archives: Sylvia Hsieh

‘Trial spin’ websites could be wave of the future

A website that only communicates information about a trial that is already in the public record in all likelihood would not run afoul of advertising rules, but lawyers could get in trouble if they direct others, including their clients, to put up websites that transgress the rules.

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Supreme Court takes up parental abduction case

The court will review a ruling from the U.S. 2nd Circuit of Appeals that involved a 5-year-old girl born in London whose mother took her first to France and then to the U.S., allegedly to escape the father’s abuse.

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U.S. Supreme Court rules guilty plea can stand despite judge’s violation of rules

The rule that prohibits a judge from participating in a plea decision was created as “a prophylactic measure,” not as a constitutional or due process requirement, so courts should decide on a case-by-case basis whether a violation caused prejudice, the court said Thursday in U.S. v. Davila.

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