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Trial Lawyers in the Era of the Vanishing Trial

Much to the disappointment of the great trial lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers, very few cases in the modern era are tried in front of a jury. This trend was analyzed in depth in the now seminal article The Vanishing Trial: An Examination of Trials and Related Matters in Federal and State Courts.1 The author finds a startling 60% decline in the absolute number of trials between the mid-1980s and 2004.

Darryl Strawberry helping Ohio families struggling during the opioid crisis

Many baseball fans fell in love with Darryl Strawberry for his athletic endurance while playing for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He won four World Series Championships. But, it wasn't all glamorous and wholesome. It was a world of drugs, addictions, marital issues and financial disaster. Few people knew the darkness lingering inside his soul screaming for help. He lost everything. Now, clean, sober and remarried, he and his wife have joined forces to help addicts and their families break away from the dangers of opioids. They formed Strawberry Ministries in Orlando, Florida.

A College Student’s Guide to Interactions with the Police

Let’s face it, the college scene is fraught with temptations to either violate the law, or to be in close proximity with those who do (the classic, “wrong place, wrong time” scenario). Many of these temptations—underage drinking for example—will attract the attention of law enforcement officers (remember: underage drinking in Ohio carries with it a maximum possible sentence of 180 days in jail.). While college students have temptations, they also have constitutional rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the college student’s rights tend to follow the maxim of “if you don’t use them, you lose them,” meaning that if you do not know how to lawfully exercise your rights, you will probably waive them.

Proving a negative: Being the accused in a university disciplinary hearing

Most people, here in America and across the globe, are familiar with a legal principle known as “the presumption of innocence.” This concept is more commonly referred to in pop culture and everyday conversation as “innocent until proven guilty.”

Plea Agreement Language And Sentence Reduction

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision regarding sentence reduction for defendants who entered plea agreements. The case, Freeman v. U.S., was about what to do with defendants already serving time when sentencing guidelines were later reduced. The Court decided that people who entered plea agreements could be eligible for reduced sentences when the guidelines are later changed. Questions remained, however, about which defendants would have access to sentence reduction.

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