Legal Lasso: Attorney Could Face Sanctions for Media Statements

by Tony Flesor

Law Week released its latest Hearsay podcast episode this week. In this month’s episode, we again look into the question of what makes for an effective criminal justice system and why prosecutors and public defenders can’t seem to see eye to eye.

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LOCAL NEWS

Attorney Could Face Sanctions for Media Statements
Attorney Rob Corry, who is representing the man accused of causing the fiery I-70 crash in April, could face sanctions for comments he made to the media that prosecutors say were intended to “influence the hearts and minds” of potential jurors.

Denver’s New Recording Policies Already at Work
A new policy in Denver restricts people from using phones and other devices to record what happens in parts of the City and County Building, courthouses and municipal office buildings.

10th Circuit Upholds Tribal Land Grant
10th Circuit Judge Allison Eid penned an opinion upholding a district court ruling to allow the Bureau of Indian Affairs to use Cherokee Nation land in Oklahoma to grant a land trust to the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians.

Former BLM Officials Want the Agency to Stay in D.C.
Dozens of former BLM officials are urging Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt to reconsider moving the agency’s headquarters to Grand Junction. They say the move is unneeded since many of the BLM’s employees are already outside of Washington, D.C., and pulling the remaining officials out will reduce their influence with decision makers.

Securities Commissioner Steps Down
Colorado Securities Commissioner Chris Myklebust is stepping down after board members and attorneys questioned his speedy appointment.

NATIONAL NEWS

2019 Might be Mergerless
The BigLaw merger O’Melveny & Myers and Allen & Overy won’t be going through, which means 2019 is unlikely to see any major mergers in the industry. Law firms might have lost the “urge to merge” or simply all the acquirable firms have been acquired. (The American Lawyer)

State AGs Launch Facebook Investigation
Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia have launched a formal investigation of whether Facebook “endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.”

Axiom Won’t Pursue IPO
Lawyer staffing company Axiom announced it is no longer pursuing a public offering after it received an investment from private equity firm Permira Funds.

Berkeley Law to Accept GRE
Berkeley Law is the latest law school to give students the option to take the GRE or GMAT rather than the LSAT to get into the school.

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