Absence Makes the The Heart Go Yonder

May 7, 2012

Have you ever woken up one morning and said “Who have I become?”

It was Saturday and and my wife were about a quarter of the way through a drive to Pittsburgh. Someone in her family had died and we had to attend the funeral.

Unfortunately, I had a hearing on Monday, a hearing on Tuesday, depositions on Wednesday, and client meetings on Thursday and Friday. With such a full week ahead of me, I couldn’t waste an entire 6 hours sitting in the car doing nothing. So I came equipped – smartphone, laptop, some yellow pads, lawyer books, and research memos to digest for the long drive.

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A Late “Happy Cinco de Mayo” from Joseph Rakofsky!

May 7, 2012


This blog post brought to you by an iPad, free WiFi, and the local Biergarten.

May 5, 2012

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Though Jordan mocks my decision to purchase an iPad, I’d like to note the following: I’m currently at the local Biergarten, reading through and editing a 50+ page operating agreement on my silly Apple tablet, while drinking a KΓΆstrizer Schwartzbier (one of my favorites). And it’s awesome.

Does technology change the fundamentals of lawyering? No. But it makes practice more convenient.


Joseph Rakofsky: The Dreams of Youth are the Regrets of Maturity

May 4, 2012

Where is your God now?

Dontrell Deaner rose toΒ notorietyΒ after beingΒ represented by Joseph Rakofsky, who wasΒ infamously dismissedΒ from the representation forΒ being too awesome.

According to my fellow Temple Law alum Jamison Koehler, Dontrell Deaner was sentenced to 10 years prison today. Dontrell Deaner pledΒ guilty to involuntary manslaughter.Β Apparently Deaner could have pled guilty earlier, but “he was represented by two lawyers who clearly were not up to the task: Β It is hard to consider the merits of a plea offer when you are not getting the right advice.”

According to Jamie, the judge did not have kind words…

If both lawyers were somewhat circumspect, Judge Jackson did not pull any punches. Apparently not cowed by Rakofsky’s earlier accusations of defamation, Jackson noted that, while he didn’t know what the outcome would have been had better advice been given at the outset, Deaner had been represented at trial by two lawyers with β€œno ability to assess the quality of the evidence” against Deaner. Β The Judge said that he hadn’t been aware that the trial was Rakofsky’s first ever until Rakofsky mentioned it during his opening statement.

The primary lawyer in the case [Joseph Rakofsky?] the Judge said, the one who had been retained, was clearly not interested in considering a plea for Mr. Deaner; he wanted to be able to say he had tried a murder case. Both lawyers, he said, were β€œclueless” and β€œmotivated by self-interest.”

Keep in mind that it was Joseph Rakofsky who said “We are trusted with people’s lives. There is no greater responsibility.” So did this hubris, self interest, and cluelessness hurt Mr. Deaner’s interests?

In the end, splitting the difference, the Judge imposed 120 months of incarceration – or 10 years – to be followed by 5 years of supervised probation. That sentence is twice the term offered by the government in its initial plea offer. This was the offer that Deaner, receiving advice from different counsel, had rejected.

Since being dismissed from the case, Joseph Rakofsky has sued everyone who criticized his behaviorΒ in aΒ ridiculousΒ SLAPP suit. (Don’t sue me, bro… just kidding. RakofskyΒ knows where to find me.)

What a way to go and commit career suicide.

[Video credits: This is my brother Xander Rushie’s band, Paradise Movement. Yes, my brother is cooler than me and became a musician instead of a lawyer. He is the tall guy singing.]


The Biggest Loser

May 4, 2012

Inquiring minds want to know.


Lawyers and their toys (don’t tell Brian Tannebaum).

May 3, 2012

I finally cracked. Look at this lunatic idiot.

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Written on my iWhatever.*

*The obligatory signature of all Apple users. What a-holes.


Why I do what I do.

May 1, 2012

Why I do what I do.

You’re probably not friends with me on Facebook. (In fact, I hope you can’t see much about me, because I’ve tried to lock that down as much as the privacy standards allow).

The other night, around 23.30 (that’s 11.30pm for you normal people who don’t use military time), I was up reading through hundred of pages of correspondence, agreements, and laws. And I was exhausted because I had been up since 7.30 that morning doing the same thing. Even though my wife was asleep, and I wanted to be in bed too. But I felt good being awake. So I typed this silly post on Facebook. And really, this sums up exactly how I feel about being a lawyer.

This is why I do what I do.


Very Few Things Leave Me Speechless… this did.

May 1, 2012

Π― Π²Ρ‹ΠΈΠ³Ρ€Π°Π» для мСня! Π”Π›Π― ΠœΠ•ΠΠ―!

Most of you remember Crystal Cox from the “extortionists who pretend to be bloggers are not journalists” case, Obsidian Finance v. Cox. Yes, shockingly, if you Google-bomb someone’s reputation and then offer to clean it up for a fee, apparently that is not “journalism.”

Crystal Cox rose to a particular level of notariety after going after Marc Randazza‘s three year old daughter. As you might imagine, bringing a three year old child into the mix didn’t play well.

This week,Β Crystal Cox filed objectionsΒ and a declaration in support of her objections to Obsidian’s request to place her domain names in receivership.

Very few things leave me speechless. This takes the cake. Or keylime pie or whatever.

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