Order: Mississippi judges have discretion for COVID safety

Court News 2021/08/09 11:54   Bookmark and Share
Mississippi judges have the power to delay trials, limit the number of spectators in courtrooms or take other steps to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, the leader of the state Supreme Court says in an emergency order.

Chief Justice Michael Randolph issued the order Thursday in response to the rapid spread of illness caused by highly contagious delta variant of the virus.

Mississippi has one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the nation, and the state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said Friday that 97% of new cases of COVID-19 in Mississippi are among people who are unvaccinated.

Randolph’s order said judges may postpone jury trials that are scheduled through Sept. 10. In addition to limiting the number of spectators in courtrooms, judges may require people to wear masks and maintain distance between each other. The order encouraged courts to use teleconferencing and videoconferencing, when possible.

Plea hearings in felony cases must still take place in person, but defendants and others in the courtrooms should wear masks and maintain social distancing.

“Any in-person proceedings shall be limited to attorneys, parties, witnesses, security officers, members of the press and other necessary persons, as determined by the trial judge,” Randolph wrote.
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Legal Online Reputation Management by Law Promo

Court News 2021/08/02 11:23   Bookmark and Share
If you’re an attorney, especially one who works in high-profile cases, there are things you want to appear on search engines and things you don’t want to appear on search engines.

Of course, your website needs to be easily accessible. You’ll want to build a reputation to bring in a large clientele. However, if you have a bad reputation it can be tough to recover from, so you’ll want a professional who will help you build up your reputation in a positive light. But you also want to improve the visibility of your achievements in headline cases and lessen the appearance of unfavorable results and negative connotations.


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Social Media Marketing by Law Promo

Lawyer Blog Post 2021/07/30 15:01   Bookmark and Share
Social media can be a vital resource in marketing your law firm. More than a means of simply promoting your firm’s name, social media allows you to reach clients in an innovative way.

Almost every client that will come to you will have one type of social media they keep up to date with. Think about how many prospective clients you can convert into committed clients by having a social media presence and connecting with them.

Social media success requires refreshing content and community involvement. You’ll want to constantly pump out useful and helpful information and share news with your audience.

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40-year sentence upheld for man who killed his roommate

Attorney News 2021/07/24 10:25   Bookmark and Share
Maine’s supreme court has upheld a 40-year prison sentence imposed on a man who killed his roommate in Old Orchard Beach.

Dustan Bentley pleaded guilty to murder in the death of 65-year-old William Popplewell, who was beaten, stabbed and strangled with a ligature.

Police arrested Bentley as he was attempting to use a ratchet and strap to pull the body into the trunk of his car, which was lined with a shower curtain. An autopsy revealed the victim suffered multiple broken bones and had been stabbed up to 30 times.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that there was nothing in the record to indicate that the judge made a mistake.

“At no point did the court depart from sentencing principles or abuse its discretion in coming to or issuing its sentence,” the court said.

Bentley and Popplewell met at a Portland homeless shelter, and Bentley later moved into Popplewell’s apartment in Old Orchard Beach in December 2018. Popplewell was killed in March 2019.
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Bankruptcy proceedings can have long-term benefits

Legal Insight 2021/07/22 11:24   Bookmark and Share
Chicago Bankruptcy Law Firm Covers Bankruptcy in the Wake of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has damaged the economy, leaving many families and business owners worried about how they will pay for even the most basic expenses. In the midst of this crisis, you might be considering filing for bankruptcy or wondering how COVID-19 will affect an existing bankruptcy filing.

No matter your situation, the Chicago Bankruptcy Law Firm of Daniel J. Winter is here to help give you the answers and assistance that you need. We are more than happy to explain to anyone in financial distress exactly what their options are.

What Is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a Federal system of laws, rules, and procedures designed to help legal residents of the U.S. deal with their debts, which, for whatever reason, individuals or businesses cannot pay as they are due. The most common types of Bankruptcy are for people (called Consumer Bankruptcies).

Two major types of Consumer Bankruptcy are Chapter 7 (liquidation or debt elimination), Chapter 13 (wage-earner reorganization for individuals or people running unincorporated businesses).

Chapter 11 is a type of Corporate Bankruptcy (reorganization for businesses and certain individuals with extremely large amounts of debt). Chapter number refers to the section of the Bankruptcy law, called the Bankruptcy Code (which is in Title 11 of the U.S. Code).

Bankruptcy cases almost exclusively fall under federal law, though states may pass laws governing issues that federal law doesn’t address. Special bankruptcy courts nationwide handle only debtor-creditor cases. Generally, any bankruptcy-related claim must be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
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San Bernardino, California Criminal Defense Lawyers

Attorney News 2021/07/20 10:44   Bookmark and Share
At Bullard & Powell, we believe that every criminal case, just like the person being charged, is unique.

To that end, we do not view our cases as simply files to be worked on, but view them from the perspective of our clients.

We work closely with our clients to ensure the best possible result, with the highest level of service.

We view it as our responsibility to ease the stressful burden that comes with being accused of a crime.

We believe in personal, honest, one-on-one relationships with our clients. We only know one way to practice criminal defense and that is to treat every client as if they were our own family.

We handle a wide range of matters from DUI to white-collar crimes. San Bernardino Criminal Defense Law Firm. Each client can expect that any advice that is given and the service that is provided, would be the same advice and service that we would provide to our own family.
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