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What is a great lawyer?

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There are a lot of lawyers out here. So if you want to be a successful lawyer, you have to differentiate yourself from the crowd. My dilemma, however, is that I try to avoid tooting my own horn (no pun intended). How does one differentiate themselves from others, without showcasing or highlighting the things that… Continue Reading

In Every Other Country but the U.S.A. Lance is Still THE Champion

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Admittedly, I haven't taken the time to read the whole report, and unless it becomes my job to do so, I won't, because I consider it to be merely propaganda. It doesn't appear that there is anything in the report that we didn't already know, or at least suspect. Essentially, it lays out a pattern of circumstantial evidence, mostly testimonial, which shows how Armstrong (and his teammates) could have been doping all along--that is, all along, during those years when he was probably the most tested professional athlete in the world.… Continue Reading

MLB says they’re Taking their Ball and Going Home: Firing of Arbitrator Das Not Unlike the Politics of Judicial Selection

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Did Major League Baseball get the last laugh in the chain-of-custody argument? Last week, the League fired longtime grievance arbitrator Shyam Das (the guy who cast the deciding vote that overturned National League MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs last month) after allowing a second player to use the so-called… Continue Reading

Whether or Not a Waste of Time/Money, Clemens Retrial Continues

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The Roger Clemens [re]trial officially kicked off on Monday, though it still has yet to get started. Today marks day three of jury selection. New York Daily News sports investigative reporters Michael O’Keeffe and Nathaniel Vinton are tweeting live covereage of jury selection from the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. (@NYDNSportsITeam). As was… Continue Reading

Now that Zimmerman’s Been Charged, Time to Let the Attorneys Do Their Jobs

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For various reasons, I’ve deliberately stayed away from commenting on the whole George Zimmerman/Florida stand-your-ground case, but after last night’s news that the special prosecutor has charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder, and seeing and hearing the way the media has reported on it since, I felt the need to chime in. Much is being made… Continue Reading

Marijuana Package Mailed to Bengal Home

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If you follow the NFL at all, it probably comes as no surprise that narcotics investigators recently tracked a 2.5 lb. package of marijuana from the so-called Emerald Triangle region of northern California to the northern Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Yesterday, a reader emailed me to ask questions about this most recent Bengals… Continue Reading

The Big East’s Real Victims are its Football Players

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This past weekend Syracuse University and the University of Pittsburgh announced that they had applied to join the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference), leaving the Big East behind. Within a day, the ACC announced that its member institutions unamimously approved the addition of the two universities. Both schools are apparently ready to part with the $5M exit fee… Continue Reading

What Lies Ahead for Roger Clemens?

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No pun intended. Seriously. After U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial in the government’s perjury case against Roger Clemens last week, the 300-win hard-throwing right-hander’s future is somewhat in limbo. That is because a mistrial is not an acquittal. An acquittal is when a jury unanimously finds that the prosecution failed to prove the… Continue Reading

Guilty or Not, Bonds Will Be Remembered

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The Barry Bonds verdicts are in. Sort of. The jury found Bonds guilty—not guilty of lying to a grand jury—guilty of one count of obstruction of justice, for allegedly misleading investigators, giving evasive testimony, etc. The jury hung on the other three charges. In our criminal justice system, no defendant is guilty of a crime unless the… Continue Reading

Bahgat Law LLC Opens New Office in New Brunswick NJ

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View Larger Map I am pleased to announce that our New Brunswick, New Jersey office is now open for business. The office is located at 96 Paterson Street, at the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue, one block west of the Middlesex County Courthouse. New Brunswick, a/k/a New Jersey’s “Hub City,” is roughly both 40 minutes… Continue Reading

Opening Statements Today in Bonds Trial

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Barry Bonds’s criminal perjury trial officially began yesterday, with a full day of voir dire (pronouncedvwahr deer), which is the process by which attorneys select a jury by questioning the prospective jurors on their backgrounds and potential biases. At the end of the day, eight women and four men, two of whom are black, were selected—at the end… Continue Reading

Reduced Charges Unlikely to Reduce Barry Bonds Potential Sentence

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And then there were five… Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California filed a third superseding indictment inUnited States v. Barry Lamar Bonds, reducing the number of felony charges to five (click the image to download a pdf copy). These are essentially the same charges comprised in Bonds’ original indictment, back in November… Continue Reading