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Author Archives: Paul Fletcher

See you later, Vinny (access required)

In Bluffton, there is an alligator named that lives in the pond on the golf course of a residential community, the Villas at Old South. There are about 250 residents, and one guy, a wheelchair-bound resident, has demanded the community ...

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Another day, another survey (access required)

Should you ever get tired of law practice, you can always get a job as an internet survey interviewer. Clearly there is a lot of work available in that field. My email is replete with press releases commemorating the various ...

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Man, oh, Man-Of-War (access required)

Summer’s almost here, and the first shot across the bow has been fired. By a Portuguese man-of-war. These nasty jellyfish have been sighted in the state, according to The Post and Courier in Charleston. They were seen on Seabrook Island ...

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Gone phishing (access required)

It looked innocent, like it always does. The subject line to the message said, “[So and so] has shared a document with you.” The body text was routine: “[So and so] has invited you to view the following document.” And ...

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Pants on fire (access required)

The other day in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish ...

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War Story: When Twins Go Bad (access required)

Before joining Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 1988, I practiced law in Southwest Virginia for about three years. Like many rookie lawyers, I got a lot of court-appointed criminal work. I handled a jury trial for one of my court-appointed clients ...

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Watch your mouth (access required)

The language of law is rich and varied. Anyone who goes to law school learns a whole new vocabulary. And words, especially in statutes, are open to different meanings and interpretations. But are they open to different pronunciations? Not so ...

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Fakin’ it (access required)

A woman spent near­ly 10 years posing as a lawyer in a rural Pennsylvania county, handling estates work, despite the fact she never went to law school. She was a partner at a law firm, making a $100,000 buy-in about ...

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