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Eyes Wide Shut (access required)

Eyes wide shut

Dozens of convicted sex offenders in South Carolina could escape lifetime satellite monitoring in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that has spawned an array of unanswered questions.

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Parents of Taser victim accept reduced award (access required)

Ken Harris, plaintiff attorney

The parents of a 17-year-old from Charlotte who died after a being struck in the chest with a Taser accepted a $5.5 million reduced award last month against the stun gun’s maker. Ken Harris, a Charlotte attorney on the family’s legal team pictured at left, said he believes it is one of the largest jury awards ever made against Taser.

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Smartphone data now important in litigation (access required)

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Smartphones are increasingly becoming not just useful tools for lawyers on the go, but potentially important factors in litigation. Requesting smartphone data as part of electronic discovery “is something lawyers should think about both from an offensive and defensive perspective,” advised Andrew Cosgrove, a partner at Redgrave LLP in Minneapolis.

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Diamond jock wants the diamond back (access required)

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Diamonds aren’t always forever. Just ask Matt Campbell. Back in 2004, the former USC All-American pitcher had finished his junior season when he was drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Royals with a reported $1.1 million signing bonus. The following year, he’d proposed to his college sweetheart. Fast forward three short seasons. The engagement was off and Campbell’s baseball days were over, cut short by a injury. And Robinson still had the ring — appraised at $26,000.

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