Spinning Wheels: The Television Interview

Attorney at law, legal analyst, high stakes litigator, and former U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey discusses the importance of the television interview for law spinners. Television interviews can be a great forum for getting a message to the public. But they sometimes offer pain as well as gain because, in many ways, the broadcast venue is …

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Entrapment: Stuck in the Trap or Beating the Rap?

The term entrapment is a favorite of the television law shows. It is frequently understood to mean that when a defendant takes the bait dangled by police, the entrapped defendant can count on an acquittal. The scenarios for setting up defendants are known as “stings” and are a common tool of law enforcement in cases ranging from public corruption to drug deals. Thus, the Department of Justice has long recognized that undercover operations have been “especially effective in public corruption investigations.”

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A Media Primer for Spinners: Silence is Golden, Especially When Required

Kendall Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and founding member of Coffey Burlington, PL. Learn more about his expertise in law on his personal website: http://kendallcoffey.com/ With legal news, as with diets, some of the most delicious tidbits are off-limits. In fact, some laws make it a federal crime …

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Selective Prosecution: Illegal or Just Unfair?

This is an excerpt from Spinning the Law by Kendall Coffey. The full book is available for purchase on Amazon here. So-called selective prosecution is only illegal if a defendant is singled out for a purpose that is itself wrongful, such as discrimination based on race, gender, or political or religious affiliation. Like claims of a …

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Defense of Insanity: Overly Successful or Overrated?

This is an excerpt from Spinning the Law by Kendall Coffey. The full book is available for purchase on Amazon here. Even for defendants who are mentally ill, the legal defense of insanity is rarely successful – especially since the laws changed in the wake of the insanity-based acquittal of John Hinkley Jr., President Reagan’s attempted …

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Pop Law: Do Celebrities Get Special Treatment?

This is an excerpt from Spinning the Law by Kendall Coffey. The full book is available for purchase on Amazon here. The public usually assumes that celebrities receive preferential treatment at every turn in criminal cases, as well as in civil proceedings. Their lawyers tell a different story. The one point of agreement is that celebrities, …

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When Sports and the Law Collide

When most of us catch the game on TV, we aren’t really thinking about all the legal issues surrounding sports. We’re just hoping to unwind with our favorite team. In reality, however, the law extends into athletics just as much as anywhere else. For sports-loving, would-be lawyers, that makes for a great opportunity. After all, …

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San Francisco Hopes to Regulate Airbnb, HomeAway Rentals

San Francisco

If you thought the housing situation in San Francisco was bad already, then you won’t be surprised to learn that the short-term-rental market in San Fran might get a little worse too. Or better, depending on your perspective. A proposed amendment to a current San Francisco law would impose regulations on Airbnb, HomeAway, and other …

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Bill, Defunds Planned Parenthood

Parenthood

On March 28th, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law that would defund Planned Parenthood abortion business and any other clinics that also do abortions. This will eliminate about $200,000 that the abortion business of Planned Parenthood receives from the government. HB 1411, also known as The Termination of Pregnancy bill, was sponsored …

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Do Antitrust Laws Hinder Businesses?

Antitrust Laws

Antitrust laws are an important part of America’s law history. They ensure that fair competition exists in an open-market economy and, when used correctly, they help everyone and stimulate a healthy economy. However, antitrust laws were created for an economic system that is pure and perfect all the time, an unrealistic expectation of our current …

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