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Larry Bodine
Larry Bodine is the Publisher of The National Trial Lawyers - A lawyer and journalist, he is the former Editor in Chief of and American Bar Association Journal.

Entries by Larry Bodine

Court Revives Case Against SFO Police for Terrorizing Driver

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Denise Green, a 47-year-old African-American woman with no criminal record, was driving her burgundy Lexus ES on Mission Street in San Francisco at 11:15 p.m. one night, when she passed a police "camera car" with an automatic license-plate reader.

She kept going and may not have noticed that another police...

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Vendetta by Microsoft Leads to $11.6 Million Discrimination Verdict

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 6:02 PM

When a Fortune 100 corporation pursues an office feud by an employee's ex-girlfriend, the company may get a harsh reprimand, as Microsoft did when a Texas jury found it liable for $11.6 million for employment discrimination.

A civil jury in Austin, Texas, made the wrongful discharge award last week to...

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Federal Court: The Police Can Stop and Search You for Behaving Innocently

(77) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:44 PM

A federal appeals court just ruled that the police have a legal right to stop, search and arrest you for innocent behavior including driving with your hands at the ten-and-two position on the steering wheel at 7:45 p.m., taking a scenic route and having acne.

To the Tenth U.S. Circuit...

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"I Saw What You Did -- or Did I?" -- the Unreliability of Eyewitness Testimony

(3) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:40 AM

Nothing is more compelling than an eyewitness who says in court, "that's him" and points at the defendant. But a growing body of evidence now shows the unreliability of eyewitness testimony -- and the horrendously wrong jury verdicts that eyewitnesses produce.

"Unfortunately, given the length of time cases may take...

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Supreme Court: How to Do Our Dirty Work Against Affirmative Action

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 12:19 PM

The Supreme Court issued a cynical opinion in its ruling against affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas. It sent coded legal instructions to the lower appeals court on how to strike down the University of Texas' diversity program by using "strict scrutiny."

The ruling is

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The Nationwide Attacks on Reproductive Rights

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 4:42 PM

The states in which women's reproductive rights are most restricted

State legislatures across the country have enacted an avalanche of restrictions that deny women of their reproductive rights. Just this year alone, more than 300 anti-abortion measures have been introduced in the...

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Don't Spend Junior Year Abroad in Jail like Amanda Knox

(2) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 10:53 AM

For American college students, a junior year abroad can be a magical experience -- or a nightmare in prison if a student fails to take common-sense legal steps.

The publication this week of a memoir by Amanda Knox, who spent four years in jail in Italy...

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Federal Court Ruling #3 Upholds Conceal Carry Handgun Laws

(52) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Ray Woollard will have to keep his guns at home, now that the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Maryland can legally require him to state a "good and substantial reason" to carry a loaded handgun in public. He didn't have a good reason and his request...

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Why the Supreme Court Will Rule in Favor of Gay Marriage

(11) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 5:08 PM

We are on the threshold of a historic decision on individual rights by the Supreme Court of the United States as it considers two cases involving same-sex marriage. The cases about "who you love" could change the laws in 41 states and more than 1,000 federal statutes.

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Court Rules There Is No Right to Carry a Concealed Weapon

(32) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 1:21 PM

In a sweeping ruling, the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed firearm in public. The broad wording of the decision in Peterson v. Martinez creates a far-reaching national precedent against carrying a loaded handgun outside the...

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New Jersey One-Gun Law Upheld, Setting a Precedent

(38) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 12:58 PM

New Jersey's law that limits handgun purchases to one per month was just upheld by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, creating a federal law foundation for other states to follow. So far, California and Maryland have one-gun-a-month laws along with the Garden State, which has among...

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Gun Rampage Takes the Glow off the Illinois Gun-Rights Victory

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 9:17 AM

The celebrations about a legal victory to allow more people to carry loaded weapons in public abruptly stopped as news spread about the rampage shooting in Sandy Hook.

Gun right advocates were jubilant last week when the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Illinois' ban...

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Two Federal Appeals Courts Put Limits on the Gun Rights

(82) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Militant gun advocates and firearms industry lobbies will be surprised to learn that there are indeed limits on the Second Amendment right to bear arms, and that there is no fundamental right to carry handguns in public.

  • New York can require applicants for concealed-carry gun license to articulate a need...
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The Legal Battle Over Cell Phone Location Privacy

(5) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 2:30 PM

It's just a "routine investigation."

The feds want the location records of MetroPCS and T-Mobile cell phone customers in Texas without bothering to show that a crime was even committed. The U.S. Attorney in Houston asserts that cell phone users have no reasonable expectation of privacy as to their location,...

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Exposing the Lie of Tort Reform

(61) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 4:46 PM

When Naython Watts turns six on Nov. 1, he won't realize that it's his birthday. He suffered disabling brain injuries because of botched medical care by not one -- but two doctors -- just before he was born. As a result his mother, who is a widow, will have to...

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Big Brother Could Definitely Be Tracking Your Cell Phone

(28) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 3:03 PM

In a frightening new decision, a federal appeals court says that you have no expectation of privacy when the police want to track your location using your cell phone. U.S. v. Skinner, Case No. 09-6497.

The court said that the police don't need to bother getting a warrant...

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Guns in America

(107) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 11:05 AM

America is flooded with hundreds of millions of guns. Nearly half -- 47 percent -- of US homes own a firearm. That's 120 - 150 million people.

As our infographic shows, we are paying the price for it. Gun massacres at a Colorado movie theater...

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How Chase Ripped Off Its Own Credit Card Customers

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 4:37 PM

First came the bait: for an up-front fee, you can transfer the balance from your home equity loan, car loan or other credit card balance to your JP Morgan Chase credit card, and get a low fixed rate that applies until the loan was paid off.

Then came...

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Denver Shootings Highlight Brady Campaign's Call for Stricter Gun Laws

(31) Comments | Posted July 22, 2012 | 4:11 PM

All of a sudden the call for gun control -- shouted down by the NRA -- makes sense again. The horrific shooting of 71 people at the opening of a movie in Denver has given a new voice to calls for stricter guns laws, as advocated by the...

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Glaxo Gets a Slap on the Wrist

(9) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 9:16 AM

After six years of bribing American doctors, pushing antidepressants on children and hiding the heart attack risk of a diabetes drug, the British drug Company GlaxoSmithKline LLC got a slap on the wrist this week.

  • Glaxo agreed to pay $3 billion in fines for improperly pushing antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin,...
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