Your Smartphone; A Prosecutor’s Best Witness

Introduction Witnesses in the United States may choose to exercise their right to “plead the Fifth,” or refuse to answer a question because the response could provide self incriminating evidence of an illegal act. But how strong is this right if a prosecutor is already aware of where a witness was, what they saw, what they heard, and in some ways even what they were thinking at any given time on any given day? I Continue Reading →

AT&T Says One Antitrust Suit is Enough!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit to stop AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel (the nation’s 3rd largest wireless carrier) and Cellular South (a smaller wireless company in the Southeastern U.S., which changed its name to C Spire last week) filed similar suits seeking to enjoin the merger. The suits were filed under § 16 of the Clayton Act which provides injunctive relief for private parties. The suits by Sprint Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – September 6, 2011

The latest links from STLR: Last week, the Justice Department filed suit in DC District court to block AT&T’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, arguing that the merger violates antitrust laws. Sprint has since filed its own lawsuit in DC District court to block the proposed deal. The Senate debates the America Invents Act on Patent Reform (H.R.1249). These proposed reforms to the patent system are expected to be passed and signed by President Obama Continue Reading →

Wounded Soldiers Returning Home Face a New Battle

Some wounded soldiers leaving the war-zones in Iraq and Afghanistan have arrived home only to find themselves caught in the crossfire of a new battle – a legal one. For some of the 300,000 or more members of the armed forces who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the legal battle ensuing from the Veterans Administration’s denial of long-term disability benefits is extremely important.  Without these government benefits, vulnerable veterans who are not prepared to Continue Reading →