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Jury (Predictably) Acquits Defendant in ‘Scenes of a Crime’ Retrial

In February, after the New York Court of Appeals overturned the second-degree-murder conviction of Adrian Thomas, I sarcastically wished the Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office luck. The office was planning on retrying Thomas in a case popularized by filmmakers Grover Babcock and Blue Hadaegh’s Scenes of a Crime. That documentary dissected Thomas’s interrogation, which had produced a most questionable confession. And….

Dear Rich: Post Production Documentary Fair Use


Dear Rich: We are in post-production on a documentary in which we use two campaign ads and limited news footage. One of the ads is an attack ad on one of our character (subjects) from 1996. We use about :20 of a :30 piece. Our character is in favor of using it as it demonstrates an outrageous lie against her and….

Worried About Losing Your Wedding Ring or Other Jewelry If You File for Bankruptcy?


Most people who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy don’t have a lot of expensive jewelry. But many own a wedding or engagement ring, or perhaps another special jewelry item, like great grandma’s ruby ring or grandpa’s cufflinks. And while bankruptcy is often fraught with more pressing concerns (Will I lose my home? Can I get that debt collector to stop hounding….

OJ Simpson’s Petition for Habeus Corpus


OJ Simpson, the former football star, actor, and murder defendant, has petitioned a Nevada court to set aside his 2008 robbery conviction.

The robbery conviction was upheld on appeal by the Nevada Supreme Court in 2010. So if the conviction became final three years ago, how is it that Simpson is still able to challenge it in a Nevada state court?

If my doctor says I can’t work, doesn’t that imply I have functional restrictions?


Question: I have degenerative disc disease and a herniated disc, have had spinal fusion surgery, and I still am not able to return to my job. I was hoping that the insurance company would approve me for long-term disability benefits (following the expiration of my short-term benefits). However, the insurance company said I don’t have any continuing restrictions even though my…