2013 April

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Prosecutorial Misconduct

Everyone remembers the Duke Lacrosse case in Durham, NC where three wealthy white Duke Lacrosse players were charged with rape, sexual assault and sodomy of a young black woman named Crystal Mangum.  Ms. Mangum was an exotic dancer with a seedy past.  Incidentally, today she is facing murder charges in the stabbing death of her boyfriend. Nevertheless, Mike Nifong was the Durham County District Attorney during the Duke Lacrosse case.  He was also running for reelection in a county that is…

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I Love Storytelling

As a lawyer and minister, storytelling is my bread and butter.  I cannot do without it.  It is my natural and preferred way of communicating in both arenas. I am most comfortable when talking to a group of people.  In my law practice, juries respond better when you communicate with stories than when your argument is shredded with technical legal stuff.  I believe that’s true however of people in general.  Stories create feelings and images that powerfully embeds your theory in…

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Why We Don’t Fear The Bigger Law Firms

Everyone is familiar with the story of David and Goliath.  It speaks of the bravery of David, a young shepherd lad who stood up to a nine-foot bully named Goliath who was the leader of the Philistines.  Each day for months, the armies of Israel and the Philistines faced off. Daily Goliath boastfully taunted the entire nation of Israel.  Because of his size and self-confident boasting, no man in Israel had courage to confront him. However, David had spent many hours…

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What To Do After An Accident

When a person is injured in an accident because of another person’s fault, the injured party is entitled to compensation from the insurance company of the negligent party.  However, most injured parties usually make serious mistakes immediately following their accidents that gives insurance companies certain advantages and interferes with the injured parties’ ability to be adequately compensated for their injuries.  We see these mistakes so often that we decided to publish an article addressing this topic.  If an injured person avoids…

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Why Elections Have Consequences

Many people have said that elections have consequences.  What does this mean?  Simply, the people we elect will enact laws and policies that will have serious consequences for our lives.  I want to use this article to focus on one area of life here in Texas that elections have had tremendously negative consequences.  That is tort reform, which are the reforms enacted by a conservative legislature and right-wing courts that allow insurance companies to avoid paying for their customers’ negligence, to…