Safety and Health Reporter

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can be devastating.  Lyme disease is typically contracted from deer ticks.  The tick bite produces a painless red circle surrounding the bite.  That circle appears shortly after being infected.  This is called a bull’s-eye rash.  People with the rash however frequently test negative for Lyme disease.  It can …

Golden Rule Argument

The Golden Rule encourages that we treat others as we would want to be treated.  That rule however has little application in the courtroom.
The traditional rule across the country has been that counsel may not argue to the jury that they should do unto others as they would want others …

Child Abuse Brain Injury

Child abuse brain injury was the subject of a recent study put out by National Academy of Sciences.  In an article in The Washington Post on September 13, 2013, it was reported that the study shows that child abuse cannot only reshape a child’s brain due to the brain injury …

Pain Killers & Warning Labels

On September 10th,2013  the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it was requiring increased warnings on labels relating to certain injury pain killers.  The focus is on OxyContin and oxycodone.  The new requirements are going to apply to other narcotic painkillers known as opioids.  The enhanced warnings are considered to be …

Rule on Witnesses – What it Really Means

I am always amazed with the varying interpretations that Judges have of the Rule on Witnesses. I have seen the Rule applied so that, in some instances, counsel is not allowed to communicate with any witness or party once that person has commenced testifying.  In one instance, the Rule was …

Forensic Laboratories

Forensic laboratories across the country have been subjected to a barrage of criticism.  Much of that criticism is well-founded.  In January 2013 the New York City Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that it was reviewing more than 800 rape cases for potential mishandling of DNA evidence.  The review has uncovered 19 …

Legal Legends

The American Bar Association Journal recently published a listing of the 25 favorite legal books of all time.  These might be called legal legends. Many of them are legal thrillers but many of them are books that we may have read as children that pre-date …

Famous Defamation Trial

A famous and perhaps the first defamation trial to occur in this country involved a gentleman by the name of John Zenger. Zenger was a former indentured servant who was born in Germany. He began printing a publication known as the New York Weekly Journal in 1773.  Many of his articles were pointed …

High Heel Injuries

This is probably a subject that many women do not want to talk about. The simple fact is that human beings were not meant to walk in high heels. They were meant to walk heel-to-toe, with the leg at a 90 degree angle to the foot and the ankle joint then moving …

Privacy Laws and Cell Phone Data

Locating people through cell phone data is increasingly common in the law enforcement field. It raises a host of privacy issues within the field of privacy laws. In addition, the technology is subject to challenge as to accuracy. In a recent federal prosecution, the government sought to show that the defendant was in …

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