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Trust Accounting – TrustBooks to the Rescue

Trust accounting is a pain in the neck – the software options (until now) to keep your trust account reconciled are terrible. I’ve used Excel, because using Quickbooks to manage a trust account is cumbersome. But Excel is really prone to errors, including typos and miscalculations that lead to your trust account going out of…

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SEANC’s Dana Cope Under Fire

UPDATE: Wake County DA Lorrin Freeman has requested that the SBI conduct a criminal inquiry into the matter. UPDATE 2: Dana Cope resigned two days later. SEANC’s Dana Cope Under Fire SEANC Executive Director Dana Cope is back in the news with a lengthy and seemingly thorough investigative report by News & Observer reporter Joe…

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Attorney Access to ACIS

North Carolina’s outdated computer system – the Automated Criminal Infractions System – looks like something out of War Games, that early 1980s thriller where Matthew Broderick hacks into a government missile computer and eventually teaches it, tic-tac-toe, that there is no winner in a nuclear holocaust. I had a 300 baud modem too, which in…

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Tom Horne’s Laughable Martindale Hubbell Rating

Click to Enlarge – Mark BrnovichI’ve been watching Arizona’s Attorney General race with some interest. Mark Brnovich, a lifelong Republican, former director of the Barry Goldwater Institute Center for Constitutional Governor, former Maricopa County gang prosecutor, former federal prosecutor, former Assistant Attorney General, and former Director of Gaming for Arizona in Governor Jan Brewer’s administration,…

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How Not To Message: Communications 101

Neil Siegel, a former special counsel to Joe Biden and supporter of ObamaCare/Affordable Care Act, was on WUNC’s The State of Things on Wednesday discussing recent appellate litigation involving the subsidies authorized by the Act. The DC Circuit ruled Monday that subsidies are illegal in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges.…

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Please Pay Your Public Servants

By my count, the Wake County District Attorney's office has 43 Assistant District Attorneys who handle the prosecutions for a nearly million person county in one of the most prosperous regions in the country. The federal government's United States Attorney Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina prosecutes federal crimes in Raleigh and throughout…

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A Plea for Fair Compensation

When I left law school, I considered taking a job as a public defender. I had spent roughly 18 months interning at the Wake County Public Defender’s office, first in the misdemeanor section, and then for about a year working for a felony assistant public defender on a variety of cases. It was a fantastic…

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MOVE: 29 Years Later, Let the Fire Burn Documents the Raid

29 years ago last week Philadelphia bombed its own people. That’s the story told by a fantastic documentary, Let the Fire Burn, available on Netflix streaming. It’s the story of MOVE, a back-to-nature black nationalist organization founded in Philly by John Africa in the early 1970s. The documentary chronicles the rise of MOVE, and its…

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NYPD’s Twitter Fail

In what must be the public relations FAIL of the month, the New York Police Department posted a photograph of two smiling officers and a citizen with hashtag #myNYPD and a request for others to post similar other photographs. Twitter, being twitter, has now responded with dozens of photographs of less-than-pleasant encounters with NYPD officers,…

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Man Pepper Sprays Economics Professor

George Mason University professor Tyler Cowen was pepper sprayed yesterday by a man who barged into his class, jumped on a table and said he was making a “citizen’s arrest.” The man then pepper sprayed Cowen, one of the more prominent professors at GMU, before Cowen ran from the room. An off-duty police officer who…

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