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We Said It Was A Constitutional Crisis... We're Sticking To It

BY CHRISTOPHER NAUGHTON

Months ago we said we were in a constitutional crisis. And that was before Trump ascended to the presidency. ▶︎

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MEET THE AMERICAN LAW JOURNAL

The American Law Journal was honored with two Emmy awards in 2016 in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is the second consecutive year the program has been recognized for outstanding broadcasting in the Interview Discussion categories, for a total of three wins and eight nominations. (6:28)


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SPOTLIGHT

AUTISM & PHARMA EXPERTS: JUDGE, LET US IN

BY JENNIFER CONWAY

JAMA study showing link between autism and antidepressant use during pregnancy may never make it into the courtroom. Why? It all depends on whom a judge deems an expert and an expert's credentials can be attacked before the trail even begins.  Watch the feature report above, or the full program. (4:30)

PLANTED EVIDENCE– WHEN A PROSECUTOR SENSES IT, WHAT HAPPENS?

BY ANDREW SCHAEFFER

Alleged planting of evidence in the Steven Avery 'Making a Murderer' case has former prosecutors debating just how often this happens. What do prosecutors do when they believe evidence has been planted? Clip from our full program "OJ, Cosby & 'Making a Murderer'" (3:14)


PARIS AGREEMENT: "WE'RE GETTING OUT'... IN 4 YEARS?

BY ANDREW SCHAEFFER

Can President Donald Trump legally remove the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement? If he can, how long would it take? (0:58)

WE NEED CLARITY: TRANSGENDER LAWS IN AMERICA

BY GINA PASSARELLA

The law is struggling to keep up as the fight for transgender rights escalates. Amid school, employment and bathroom controversies and conflicting court opinions, lawyers and law makers ask for clarity. (3:34)


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    Lynn A. Marks
    National Advocate for Court Reform & Executive
    Director, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
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    John Waldron, Esq.
    Criminal Defense Attorney
    (Lawyer for Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s
    “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)
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    John Morganelli, Esq.
    Northampton County, PA District Attorney
    (Prosecutor of Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)
  • "I think it’s good for the public, it’s good for our state and country to have this kind of debate in the open; it elevates the greater conversation about our country, its laws and freedoms."
    The Hon. Edward N. Cahn
    Former Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • "What I like about appearing on this program is the quality of the program. Christopher Naughton tackles difficult legal issues that legal scholars agonize over, and makes it clear to the audience how difficult those issues are and the competing contentions … the show is on the cutting edge of these issues. He is as prepared for the programs as the best attorneys who have appeared before me.."
    The Hon. Edward N. Cahn
    Former Chief Judge
    for the U.S. District Court
    of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • "Being on the air more than 25 years is a great credit to Christopher and the production of this show … education is part of it."
    John Morganelli, Esq.
    Northampton County, PA District Attorney
    (Prosecutor of Robert Durst, subject of HBO’s
    “The Jinx: The Life & Deaths of Robert Durst”)

 

 

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Quizzes, surveys, the latest in legal cartoons: you never know what’s new on “The Lighter Side” until you look.

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FEATURED ATTORNEYS

CRIMINAL LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

SAYDE LADOV ON POLICE PLANTING EVIDENCE

DOLCHIN SLOTKIN & TODD

News of a Baltimore cop allegedly caught planting drug evidence at a crime scene by his own body cam has made headlines. How rare is police planting evidence or committing perjury in court? And what happens when a prosecutor believes that has happened? Five former prosecutors (and one current one) discuss in "OJ, Cosby & 'Making of a Murderer.'"

WAGE AND HOUR LITIGATION
EMPLOYER'S PERSPECTIVE

JASON REISMAN ON MISCLASSIFING EMPLOYEES

BLANK ROME

Is an employee exempt? Or not exempt? Human resource startup Zenefit got it wrong and was recently ordered to repay 743 misclassified employees overtime pay totaling $3.4 million. Even an honest mistake can cost you. Attorney Reisman discusses ever changing employment laws "Wage, Hour & Overtime: What's 'Fair Pay' Today?"

FAMILY LAW
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE

DAVID LADOV ON CUSTODY ACROSS STATE LINES

OBERMAYER REBMANN MAXWELL & HIPPEL

Does you child's non-custodial parent live in another state? Registering your custody agreement in that state under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, as discussed in Obermayer's Family Matters blog, may be important. Also watch attorney Ladov in "Crossing the Line: Interstate Relocation, Custody & Support."

RULE OF LAW
LAW PROFESSOR

CLAIRE FINKELSTEIN ON RUSSIAN HACKING OF ELECTION PROCESS

PENN LAW'S CENTER FOR ETHICS & THE RULE OF LAW

Claire Finkelstein is featured as expert on MSNBC's "Election Attack" discussing Russia's cyberattack on the last U.S. election. You can also hear her expert view of the state of our "Constitutional Crisis" in ALJ's "Trump, the Constitution and the 'Rule of Law'".

PERSONAL INJURY
PLAINTIFF'S PERSPECTIVE
Thomas Kline - The American Law Journal Find-Lawyer.com

THOMAS KLINE ON WRONGFUL DEATH

KLINE & SPECTER

Notable wrongful death cases: On behalf of the father of Rachel Jacobs who died in the Amtrak derailment in May 2015, Kline has filed a private complaint of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment. Kline also represents the parents of Tim Piazza who died during a fraternity hazing incident at Penn State University.

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BLOG

Revolutionary Woman: Mary Katherine Goddard

BY Valerie

Baltimore publisher, bookstore owner and postmaster: fiery rebel or founding mother? Both.

We Said It's a Constitutional Crisis... We're Sticking To It

BY Jennifer

Months ago we said we were in a constitutional crisis. And that was before Trump ascended to the presidency.

The 'Slants' Band Wins at the Supreme Court

BY Valerie

Today the Slants band won their First Amendment case to trademark their name. ALJ guest John Connell argued the case before the Court.

How to Impeach a President. Any President.

BY Valerie

Is talk of impeachment premature? And what would impeachment proceedings look like?

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If you're over 50, is getting approved for disability more in your favor?

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"LIBERTY, JUSTICE AND... GAY MARRIAGE FOR ALL?

This is the feature report from "Will Gay Marriage Be the Law of the Land?"

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