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Supreme Court Initiates Sanctions Against Lawyer Who Let His Client Tell Him How To State The Argument In A Petition

No. 1,123 In the Matter of Discipline of Howard Neil Shipley, No. 14D2827. Live long enough and you can see everything. Every lawyer has had clients who want to micromanage the case.  Its a serious handicap.  But most of the time, it just makes the task harder. But not always. In a rare move, the […]

Oliver Wendell Holmes Biographer Discusses the impact of the Civil War on the Great Jurist.

If your interests include history, read the post about Oliver Wendell Holmes in SCOTUS Blog. Holmes was wounded twice, including on the bloodiest day in American history, the Battle of Antietam.

Scotus Blog Predicts Court Will Take Up Group Sixth Amendment Cases This Term.

No. 1,048 The Scotus Blog says that the Supreme Court has been receiving numerous petitions requesting clarification on the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause.  The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right of a criminal defendant to confront his accusers.  This issue is frequently raised by submission of  lab reports by prosecutors  (such as on DNA testing)  where […]

Hobby Lobby/Conestoga Wood Argument Before U.S. Supreme Court

If you are trying to follow the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court today, the SCOTUS Blog has provided a comprehensive but readable post on the briefs of counsel, together with analysis.


CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 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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