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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Advance apologies for light posting

I'm announcing "ready" for one jury trial tomorrow; for another one in two weeks; and for yet a third in mid-April. Chances are good that all three will be reached, which would mean back to back trials for ol' Beldar. The middle one might turn out to be something I can blog about eventually — in fact, I'm already having to bite my fingers to keep from using my blog as a mock jury pool because it raises issues which I'm quite sure that both my lawyer and nonlawyer readers would find provocative, and it's a genuine "case of first impression" both legally and factually that it's awfully hard to predict how a real jury will react to. Anyway, my blogging over the next several weeks is likely to be light and even more unhinged than normal.

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(1) Milton made the following comment | Mar 10, 2005 9:26:55 AM | Permalink

How are you trying so many cases, Beldar? I thought actual trial was a virtual Oz.

(2) The Sophist made the following comment | Mar 10, 2005 10:34:10 AM | Permalink

Good luck, Beldar. :)

You will tell us about these cases of first impression once you're done arguing them, I hope?


(3) Beldar made the following comment | Mar 10, 2005 7:23:46 PM | Permalink

Just one is a case of first impression, and I hope things work out that it's a story I can tell when it's done (at least at the trial court level), with the advance permission of my client of course. Another is a rare bird — I've never handled anything like it, nor seen one or known another lawyer who's handled one — but there are at least a few reported decisions in the general area. The third (picking a jury Monday at 9:00 a.m., I learned today) is absolutely garden variety, but of course important to the litigants in it and hence to me as well.

As to the number of trials in such a short span, it's very unusual. (By contrast, I had exactly one trial during all of calendar year 2004.) But as always, the reason to try a case is because the other side won't settle on a reasonable basis. That may be because one side or the other is unreasonable, or it may be because one side is deluding itself and won't recognize what is a reasonable basis. But that's why we have courts and juries, God bless 'em.

(4) Bucky Katt made the following comment | Mar 11, 2005 2:29:25 PM | Permalink

Count your blessings at least you're *not*
Mr. Thomas Mesereau, having to deal with Michael Jackson as your client. ;-)

Good Luck!

(5) The Old Coot made the following comment | Mar 11, 2005 2:46:02 PM | Permalink

I love it when you post "more unhinged".

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