Daily Archives: March 2, 2012 - 3 results


Posted 3 years ago in Crime Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Key Witness Testifies in Rutgers Trial

A key witness, known only as “M.B.,” took the stand today in the closely watched criminal trial of a Rutgers University student accused of spying on and humiliating his roommate leading up to the young man’s suicide. On two occasions in September of 2010, Dharun Ravi used his Webcam to secretly capture his roommate Tyler Clementi and M.B. engaging in intimate contact. Prosecutors allege that Ravi was uncomfortable with his roommate’s sexual orientation and purposefully intimidated the young man, a …

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Posted 3 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s choice: Jury Awards Edition

    Doctor’s assistant wins $168 million in damages for sex harassment A physician’s assistant who was subject to filthy conversations by doctors and staff about their sex lives, unwanted sexual advances and touching and other demeaning comments won a whopping $168 million verdict in her sex harassment lawsuit against the hospital. Ani Chopourian worked as a surgical assistant in the cardiovascular unit of Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif. According to her lawsuit, she complained repeatedly about the inappropriate …

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Posted 3 years ago in Criminal Law by Keith Ecker  
Can a Court Force You to Decrypt Your Hard Drive?

Advances in technology may be compromising your constitutional rights, particularly your right to avoid incriminating yourself in the course of a criminal trial. If you have encrypted files on your computer, a court may be able to force you to decrypt them so that your personal information can be entered as evidence against you. Legal experts believe this critical issue regarding the Fifth Amendment, which protects criminal defendants from self-incrimination, will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. A couple …

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