Evidence

3290 ABA Journal Evidence articles.

BigLaw firms’ competition from the Big Four accounting firms
The Big Four accounting firms have added legal services, moving beyond tax law and integrating their legal services into a multidisciplinary approach.
Judge decries ‘abusive litigation tactics’ and ‘overheated rhetoric’ in multiple discovery motions

A federal magistrate judge, who is fed up with a flurry of motions over discovery disputes, is ordering the parties to “work in a cooperative, civil manner” to present their…

State commission calls blood-spatter testimony in murder case ‘not ... scientifically supported’
An influential state commission said the blood-spatter analysis used to convict a former Texas high school principal of murdering his wife in 1985 was “not accurate or scientifically supported” and the expert who testified was “entirely wrong.”
Federal prosecutors have 12 Cohen tapes after Trump waives privilege

Twelve audio tapes recorded by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, have been turned over to federal prosecutors.

The special master overseeing the privilege review of items seized…

Cohen secretly recorded Trump discussing Playmate payment; Giuliani calls it ‘exculpatory’
Donald Trump discussed payments to an ex-Playboy model in a conversation secretly recorded by his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen two months before the election, Rudy Giuliani acknowledged in a conversation with the New York Times.
Trial on fetal burial law begins with judge’s defense of his motives
A trial on the constitutionality of a Texas fetal remains burial law began Monday with a federal judge proclaiming that he has “no predisposition” in the case.
Judge orders stop to blanket detention of asylum seekers at 5 locations
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has temporarily barred blanket detentions of people seeking asylum based on a credible fear of persecution in their home countries.
Manslaughter charge is reinstated though lawyer-client conversation was recorded and transcribed
The Indiana Supreme Court has reinstated a voluntary manslaughter charge against a man whose attorney-client conversation was recorded during a break in police questioning, then transcribed and distributed to prosecutors.
The Chicago police legacy of extracting false confessions is costing the city millions
Of the 29 wrongful conviction rulings involving false confessions in the United States in 2017, 13 were in Cook County. Of the more than 260 false confession cases since 1989, about 25 percent have come from Cook County.
Supreme Court won’t hear case of Brendan Dassey, teen featured in ‘Making a Murderer’
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the appeal of Brendan Dassey, the teen convicted of helping his uncle kill a woman in a case featured in the Making a Murderer Netflix series.
Judge refuses to toss money laundering charge against Manafort, upholds search of storage unit
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has refused to dismiss a money laundering charge against Paul Manafort and refused to exclude evidence seized from his storage unit.
How could someone confess to a crime they didn’t commit? Watch ‘The Confession Tapes’ and see
Every defense attorney has heard it more than once: “I was coerced!”
US intends to call Akin Gump lawyer in Manafort trial; lawyers seek to block storage unit evidence

Lawyers for Paul Manafort learned Wednesday that the government plans to call a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld to testify in the trial of President Donald Trump’s…

From paper to digital documents, Judge Andrew Peck traveled (and set) the discovery trail (podcast)
For litigators accustomed to conducting discovery inside large warehouses surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of cardboard file boxes, combing through several forests' worth of paper to find the few relevant documents was like trying to find the needle in the haystack.
Does forensic hypnosis produce reliable evidence? 2 death row inmates say it’s junk science
Two Texas death row inmates are contending forensic hypnosis was wrongly used to put them behind bars.

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