Decisions – Ct. of App. – April 29, 2014

Savinell v. State –  Savinell pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced to serve 20 years with eight on post release supervision. This is an appeal from his second pcr motion (a pcr from a guilty plea is filed in the trial court).  In this second pcr, he alleged that the state misrepresented the…

Tuesday in the U.S.S.Ct. – cell phone searches

The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that present the question of whether police can search the contents of a cell phone without a warrant.  Here’s a primer from Scotus.blog And here’s a summary of Tuesday’s argument, also courtesy of Scotusblog. And here is the coverage by the NYT. UPI article Riley v.…

Decisions – Miss.S.Ct. – April 24, 2014

Burch v. Illinois Central RR – aka “why you need to file that motion to substitute in a timely manner” – Harold Burch worked for Illinois Central RR.  He died in 2006 after being diagnosed with asbestosis and lung cancer. In 2009, his widow Francis filed a wrongful death suit against ICRR.  She died in…

Decisions – Ct. of App. – April 22, 2014

Williams v. Mueller Copper Tube Co. – Workers comp. – Hosch was killed in an explosion while working for Mueller Copper which was a subsidiary of Mueller Industries. His estate received workers comp. benefits but sued Mueller Industries alleging that it had various rules and regs for its subsidiaries designed to ensure worker safety and that…

Dinosaurs?

Spotted today at the MC Law Library and overheard plotting a comeback. Clearly they’ve never read Bleak House or they’d be placing their bets on science and not the law.