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Nothing to See Here, Folks! Kohberger's Lawyer Withdraws from Representing Victim's Mother

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

In November 2022, four University of Idaho students — Ethan Chapin, Madison Mogen, Xana Kernodle, and Kaylee Goncalves — were murdered in their off-campus home in Moscow, Idaho. Law enforcement is charging Washington State University criminology student Bryan Kohberger with four counts of first-degree murder and felony burglary. Pennsylvania authorities arrested the murder suspect and are extraditing him to Idaho. He could face the death penalty for the quadruple homicide. The court in Idaho appointed Kootenai County Public Defender Anne Taylor to represent Kohberger. But it later turned out that she was already representing Kernodle's mother, Cara Northington, on unrelated misdemeanor drug charges. So Taylor filed a substitution of counsel and withdrew from Northington's case and is continuing with the Kohberger case.

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What You Need To Know About the Murdaugh Trial

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

The trial of disbarred former South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh began last week. Murdaugh is accused of shooting his wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old son, Paul, at a family property in June 2021. While Murdaugh denies the allegations and says he discovered the bodies after returning from a visit with his father.

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More Changes to Abortion Laws on Tap for 2023

By Heather Kennedy-Bordeaux, Esq.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision last year in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade led to a tsunami of new state legislation aimed to further restrict or protect the procedure.  In 2022, 15 states enacted laws relating to abortion, with nine states restricting access to some degree and six expanding it. Though legislative sessions have just begun in 2023, a new wave of proposed legislation is already on shore.

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Movie Fans Can Sue over 'Deceptive Trailers,' Federal Judge Rules

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

If you plan on seeing a movie because you liked the trailer, make sure you watch the movie carefully. You may be able to sue the movie studio if it turns out that a favorite actor or scene from the trailer is cut from the film. Two Ana de Armas fans rented "Yesterday" on Amazon Prime for $3.99 after seeing her in the trailer. Upon viewing the movie, they were upset to learn that her scenes did not make the final cut. So upset, it seems, that they chose to file a multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against the studio. While this may seem ridiculous, a California federal judge ruled that their lawsuit can proceed.

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How to Talk About True Crime Without Getting Sued

By Laura Temme, Esq.

About a week after four students were murdered at the University of Idaho, Ashley Guillard began posting videos on TikTok detailing her theory of the case — that a professor named Rebecca Scofield had conspired with a student to carry out the murders. But the way she tells it, these are not theories; they are facts. So it's no surprise that she now faces a defamation lawsuit from Scofield.

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Does Congress Have to Keep George Santos?

By Steven Ellison, Esq.

Long Islanders elected New York Republican George Santos to represent New York's 3rd Congressional District in the 118th United States Congress. At least, they thought they did. The person who has been seated as a member of the House of Representatives bears virtually no resemblance to the man Santos portrayed himself to be.

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