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Incomplete Completeness

Imagine this situation: Federal law enforcement agents are investigating a gang-related homicide in Maryland. They interview a suspect; we’ll call him Adams. One agent asks the questions; another takes notes. The interview is not audio or video recorded. This is standard procedure at certain federal law enforcement agencies. The interview focuses on the weapon used to kill the victim, which has been recovered. Adams is asked if he knows anything about the weapon, and the agent’s interview notes reflect the following:

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GDPR and Overcoming Challenges to Obtaining Digital Discovery from European Entities

You are an associate in a law firm in New York assigned to a breach of contract case involving a winery client headquartered in Bordeaux, France. You are assigned to collect your client’s emails and data to respond to your adversary’s request for production of documents in the case, which is pending in a New York federal court. You have 30 days to respond and produce documents. You figure you will start collecting documents via email and produce them electronically. Is it that simple? Not at all.

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What’s So Special About a New Jersey Lawyer, Anyway?

Next time you are counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike, see if your eyes are diverted to a different but hardly more edifying phenomenon. There, as all across America, on huge highway billboards, just as on baseball video boards, in newspaper ads, and on TV, you will see the less than completely happy consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Bates v. Arizona permitting lawyer advertising.

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Hugo Black and the Murder of Father James E. Coyle

In the early evening on August 11, 1921, Edwin Stephenson, a Methodist minister, walked to the porch of the rectory of St. Paul’s Cathedral in Birmingham, Alabama, and shot Father James E. Coyle three times, killing him. He then turned himself in to the sheriff. Stephenson’s reason for the shooting was simple: Earlier that day at St. Paul’s, Coyle had married Stephenson’s daughter, Ruth—a Catholic convert—to Pedro Gussman, a Catholic.

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