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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Word “Shithole.”

No. 1,393 As explained by retired law professor Ann Althouse in her blog post, this word has a long and storied history.  I used to think it was an epithet not suitable for polite conversation.  But not anymore.  After all, it has been used in literature since the 17th Century, at least.  I must admit, […]

Lawyers Should Make Nice To Sheriff’s Deputies Even When They Don’t Deserve It.

No. 1,378 Going through those magnetic security portals at the Court House can be a gigantic pain, especially when you are late for court.  But experience has proven that we should hold our temper at all costs. Clifford Haines, 72 year-old former President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association was roughed […]

Don’t Try This At Home, Kids.

No. 911 Under the guise of passion for his cause, Joe Biden engaged in a lot of interruptions, talk-overs, derisive laughter and just plain rudeness.  The moderator in the Vice Presidential Debate ignored Mr. Biden’s bad behavior, but if you are representing yourself in front of a magistrate, arbitration panel or judge, don’t try to […]

Accusations Against Justice Baldwin While Acting as GC at Penn State Should Not Be Taken As Fact.

Justice Baldwin has had a distinguished career of service that can be matched by few others in this Commonwealth. She is entitled to the presumption that she represented Penn State in a prudent and effective manner.

Anger Management

No. 836 John Elash has been a hard-working and effective criminal defense lawyer for almost 40 years. So, its a little disconcerting to know that he may be remembered for an incident where he lost his cool and lost control, too.  The Post-Gazette is not the only news outlet reporting that he assaulted his long-time […]

Casey Anthony Verdict: Give Credit Where Due.

Is it possible, just possible, that defense counsel may have had something to do with the outcome?

Getting All Choked Up In Wisconsin.

Just in case you think we play hardball politics here in Pennsylvania, read what goes on in Wisconsin. Yes, this Republican male justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court really did attempt o choke this Democratic female Justice. Around here we call that judicial misconduct and we have a Board for that. In Wisconsin, they call it political discourse.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.


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