Chalking: Next Stop–U. S. Supreme Court?

On three occasions in the past, I have written about a case in Saginaw, Michigan in which the issue was whether chalking tires on parked vehicles violated the Fourth Amendment’s unreasonable search provision. (See, May 10, 2019; September 10, 2021 and August 19, 2022.) In that case, Taylor vs City [Read More]

By |November 12th, 2022|Court Cases|

A dollar for Chalking

A Dollar for Chalking! In May 2019, I posted a blog about a plaintiff who challenged a parking ticket on the grounds that chalking her tires by the parking police in the City of Saginaw, Michigan (“City”)  violated her Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches as the City neither had [Read More]

By |August 19th, 2022|Court Cases|

Which is Better? To Be Seen or To Be Heard?

Many years ago, Albert Mehrabian, now a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) determined that approximately 55% of our communication is non-verbal; 38% of it is vocal (tone)  and 7% is words only, meaning body language can be very revealing. This simple fact played itself out [Read More]

By |August 12th, 2022|Court Cases|

Be Careful with Your Words!

The ABA published another interesting article discussing the dismissal of a third-party complaint because the parties failed to mediate as required by their contract. Entitled “Failure to Mediate Causes Dismisses of Case” by Michael  Stefanilo, Jr, the article (dated March 23,2022) highlights Rivas v CBK Lodge General Partner, LLC, U.S. [Read More]

By |July 11th, 2022|Court Cases|

Beware of Email Agreements!

The American Bar Association published a story warning us all to be careful about settling by email. It recited the case of Philadelphia  Ins. Indemnity Co. v Kendall decided by the Supreme Court of the State of New York Appellate Division, First Judicial Department, Case No. 2020-02752, Appeal No. 13756 [Read More]

By |May 6th, 2022|Court Cases|

Certainty Does Not Equate to Accuracy!

In the past, I have discussed studies on the unreliability of witness identification of suspects in criminal proceedings. On May 27, 2021, the California Supreme Court acknowledged that while a witness may have a high degree of certainty with which she identifies a suspect as the culprit, a jury should [Read More]

By |June 25th, 2021|Court Cases|