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Quest for Justice: One Lawyer’s Journey to Solve a Cold Murder Case and Honor a Civil Rights Pioneer

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On June 20, 1940, Elbert Williams, a 31 year-old member of the recently formed Brownsville, Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, was kidnapped from his home by the local police, interrogated about his voter registration efforts, and murdered. His bullet-riddled body was found floating in the Hatchie River three days later and buried in an unmarked grave.  Elbert Williams thus became…

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I got 99 bottles but a beer ain’t one

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A cross-country trip The lawyer woke on the couch at 6:00 am Sunday morning, his head pounding. The past night was a blur – he knew he drank too much. He also knew his wife was upset – it was his first time on the couch in their 10 years together. He grabbed his bag and headed for the airport….

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Have laptop – will travel

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The lawyer’s phone rang. “Hold on,” he said as he answered. He left the bustle of the hotel lobby. “Yes?” The voice talked on the other end. “Tomorrow?” the lawyer asked. “Sure. I’ll be there by noon.” He hung up, slid his laptop into his bag, and started walking for the train station. Today’s mobile office Between depositions, meetings, conferences,…

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The exhibit’s the thing…

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“Playing from the witness’s deposition, page 33 lines 3-22. And while I wait for Mr. Defense to review it, I note that the exhibit referred to as Exhibit 3 is now plaintiff’s trial exhibit 32. It has also been admitted as defense exhibit J.” The lawyer looked over at the jury, who were taking detailed notes. Unbeknownst to him, the…

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MIST me: Litigating the Minor Impact Soft Tissue case

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The lawyer answered the phone. “A friend of yours? Involved in a rear-ender? Well, sure, that’s a clear liability personal injury case. I don’t usually handle them, but it sounds easy. Order some medical records, make a few phone calls, send out a demand package, negotiate, and settle the case. What could possibly go wrong?” What is a MIST case?…

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Portions of this trial were previously recorded: Using video depositions at trial

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The lawyer was cross-examining the defendant. “Just before your car struck my client, you were traveling 35 miles per hour.” “No. I had slowed to 10 miles per hour.” “Playing video from the defendant’s deposition, page 32, lines 5-14.” The lawyer waited for the defense counsel to confirm there was no objection. The lawyer then played the video. The same…

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