What Matters to a Jury? What you Wear or How You Were?

Here’s an excellent article by Attorney Randi McGinn to which I have posted a follow-up comment: Elaine Whitfield Sharp says: August 14, 2011 at 9:09 am Maybe it’s just me.  I am usually in smart business dress and jacket, but with some color, such as a scarf, and some modest jewelry, such as a broach and simple necklace.  I wear comfy shoes.  My hair always looks a litte less than perfect.  It’s just the way it is.  I’ve done cross in my snow boots on winter days.  No one seems to care, and they are really comfy.  What jurors do care about most, in my experience of 25 years, is delay.  No matter how much we micro-analyze the jury, they have one thing on their minds: themselves and all that surrounds their existence.  Years ago, PBS aired a UK-produced, two-part series, “The Jury.”  It was excellent because it illustrated the … Continue reading

Cloud computing: Hidden danger to everyone’s civil liberties?

In Google’s latest move to take over the world, it is touting its newest shiny toy — the “Chromebook” — as technology empowering us to reach into “The Cloud” (aka, off-site digital storage) for all our needs in computer operating systems, software and data storage. But, will this technology free us or enslave us?  My view is that Chromebook and any other device that relies on “Cloud Computing,” creates stormy skies for lawyers and their clients by risking the loss of privacy and liberty at the hands of Big Brother. Let’s get down to brass tacks: Storing data on the “The Cloud” is just a trendy term for storing data on someone else’s server so that when you are away from your desk, you can access that data by WiFi or 3G network. Lawyers disagree about the security of so-called “cloud computing.” But what about clients? Do clients really want … Continue reading