Here is my book synopsis and legal review of Abiding Conviction by Stephen M. Murphy, the third Dutch Francis legal thriller. This time, someone has kidnapped his wife right in the middle of the murder trial of Maureen Garcia. She was the wife of the Honorable Carlos Garcia, Dutch’s client.
Here is my review of Book Review of The Final Case by David Guterson. The book is about an octogenarian named Royal, who must get driving assistance from his son to help with the trial of Betsy Harvey, who, along with her husband Delvin, were accused of the abuse, torture, and murder of their adopted daughter, Abigail (Abebe).
What are the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality? For many, marriage equality means the legalization of gay marriage from Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. But it began much earlier than that. For Valentine’s Day, I wrote a series of decisions about marriage or relationships.
What is the significance of Lawrence v. Texas? Lots of people know about Obergefell v. Hodges (the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage), but Lawrence paved the way and increased the civil rights of gay couples.
With MLK Day today (and with Valentine’s coming up), I thought I would summarize the Loving v. Virginia Supreme Court case. This case was an important one in the fight for racial equality. I also think that the case’s name (Loving) is super en pointe. Awhile ago, it was made into a beautiful movie called Loving.
Here’s a list of 10 lawyer Valentine gift ideas. I think all of these are fun, and I’d like to receive every one of them. If you have an attorney in your life, you can buy one of them, too. 🙂 These gifts are non-gender-specific, although you may debate me on the jewelry traditionally being for women. But, as I mentioned below, there are lots of jewelry-type items for lawyers. More than I thought existed!
Here’s my Goliath season 4 synopsis and plot summary. I will try to explain the plot and the legalities as best that I can for you, but most of it is just brilliant legal strategy along the way. I should hope to write a book that is so thrilling as this season (and Goliath in general … except season 2 can drop off the face of the planet). By the way, this synopsis has a lot of spoilers, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read.
With the recent challenge to the Texas law on abortion, I thought I would do a summary of Roe v. Wade case. This iconic, and controversial case, deals with the Fourteenth Amendment, the right of privacy. This right of privacy goes up against the State’s interest in protecting unborn children. This case from 1973, so it’s not really a trending legal issue. But, you know, it IS still trending!
The Kyle Rittenhouse trial ended in an acquittal verdict for five of the seven charges that he faced in connection with shooting three men (killing two) during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. But two of those charges were dropped by the judge before they went to the jury. Here, I will explain the Wisconsin gun possession law and why the judge dropped that charge. (I also explain Brian Laundrie’s arrest warrant if you want more legal charges to be explained.)
Here in my ultimate guide to the standard steps in a criminal jury trial, from the selection of the jury to the appeal process. In between, I will explain many of the different components of a criminal trial. It’s one of the guides I have created so that people can understand the criminal justice process.
Today I am reviewing one of the novels on my best legal thrillers and courtroom drama list: Mistaken Identity by Lisa Scottoline. This book was one of the first legal thrillers that I read, and, unbeknownst to me, I thought that the protagonists of legal dramas were equally split between men and women. Not so. So, when I reread this book for the blawg, it was with a certain amount of happiness that a woman lawyer and author could break into the very male-dominated genre. 5 out of 5 stars.
Here is a legal (and book summary) review of John Grisham’s A Time To Kill. This book is a classic legal thriller and made my list of top legal thriller novels. Overall, I found this book enjoyable with some implausible jury stuff. But, it is a good example of how an author can raise the stakes in a legal thriller without a lot of weird legal stuff. (Here’s looking at you, Season 2 of Goliath.) I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I wrote out the Gabby Petito case timeline and cause of death for those who are interested. The Gabby Petito case has gained an intense social media attention. This article is not a trending legal topic, but I found it so interesting as almost a live criminal case file. She and her fiance, Brian Laundrie, went on a cross-country trip. In short, Brian returned, but Gabby did not. Her remains were found 19 days after his return, and her cause of death was strangulation. He is now on the lam/missing. And under indictment for using Gabby’s debit card after her death.
This week, I am going to break down the chain of events in the Gabby Petito/Brian Laundrie case from the start of their #vanlife up to and including the Coroner’s press release and finding Brian Laundrie’s remains.
Here is Bad Art Friend explained in a legal overview and summary. One of my dear friends told me about an article called Who Is the Bad Art Friend from the New York Times that was rocking the writing world. The lengthy article from the NYT details how writer Dawn Dorland ended up suing writer Sonya Larson for copyright infringement.
Here’s my list of the the best legal thriller books ever. I collected 25 of them, so you have plenty of stuff to read over for the holidays!
Here’s my list of the 10 of the best legal drama TV series according to me. Arranged in order of what I think are the best to the least best. I’m sure that there are more out there! I’ll be doing upcoming posts about some of these shows. I tried to find shows that you could stream (rather than picking any that you had to buy a DVD).
Was Shadivia Phillips found guilty? A while ago, I wrote an article about some real crimes that went viral. The Shadivia Keauslatyke Phillips case was one such crime after some bystanders recorded the altercation between her and the victim, over a parking spot. That post became popular for the Google search of whether or not she was found guilty, so I decided to answer that question.
This is my How To Get Away With Murder review. Viola Davis stars in this crazy, time-hopping legal drama as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder. She’s a criminal law professor with an active criminal defense law firm, and she hires a bunch of law students that basically solve all sorts of cases.
Here is my Amazon prime Goliath season 1 summary, legal review, and recap of the ending. All I can say is … wow. This season was a powerhouse of acting, story, character, and thrills.
Want the total scoop on the Goliath TV show? Prime’s very own legal drama TV series Goliath starring Billy Bob Thornton as a very screwed up lawyer Billy McBride. He used to be the named partner of a powerful law firm along with the burned guy (Donald), who is the arch-nemesis and former partner. He is given this case, and it’s to bring down the big bad Goliath. And so it continues in each season.
This is my summary and review of Better Call Saul. Better Call Saul is freaking hilarious. It’s the prequel to Breaking Bad about Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who becomes Walter White’s lawyer. Breaking Bad is Freaking Great but not particularly funny. Saul sweetens this cake. Has a bunch of cameo appearances from Bryan Cranston (Walter White). You can’t really take this series serious.
Here is my review and summary of the Good Wife starring starring Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick. II’m pretty sure that it’s ripped directly from the headlines. The Good Wife stars Julianna Margulies (Alicia Florrick), the wife of the Cook County State’s Attorney, Peter. He had a very public and embarrassing sex scandal. She went back to her previous career as an attorney. I vaguely remember that something similar happened in the news when this TV show came out. Three is a spin-off, The Good Fight. FYI, Florrick is good friends with Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU).
Here is my review of Suits, starring the dynamic bro-team of Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams). Harvey is a lawyer, and Mike pretends to be a lawyer. Mike is basically a loser scam artist, but a brilliant loser scam artist. Mike scams himself as an attorney for the law firm that Harvey is partner. By the way, Meghan Markle … yeah, the Duchess of Sussex, the lady who married Prince Harry … is also in this show. The show basically teaches you that lawyers are all scam artists, and cheating and lying get you ahead.