• Litigator writes novel, trash-talks about John Grisham. I like this guy. He has moxie.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Insurance companies are going to hate this: Pennsylvania Superior Court rules that a plaintiff who witnesses a family member’s death in a car accident has his or her own claim for bodily injury under an insurance policy.  [Post-Gazette]
  • I keep reading about this Pennsylvania Superior Court decision that unauthenticated text messages are inadmissible at trial.  But when is unauthenticated evidence ever admissible? Prosecutors argued that the messages should come in (I guess as admissions against interest) because the defendant definitely owned the cell phone, but the Court found that there was no evidence tying her to the messages, which apparently referred to her in the third person.  [Post-Gazette]
  • Allegheny County Bar Association officers vote to retain seven judges running for reelection in the County.  [ACBA]
  • Pittsburgh Legal Backtalk: killing Al-Awlaki was a legal act because he was an enemy combatant in a time of war, whether or not he was a U.S. citizen.