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David Allen Legal Tuesday: Social Security Disability – Today’s Bad News
Video Uploaded on: 5/22/2018         

Attorney David Allen discusses the current stagnation impacting Social Security Disability. Over 1 million people waiting for hearings. Over 70,000 people waiting for decision after the hearing. He makes various observations based upon representing those seeking disability payments. Simple suggestions are made that can significantly reduce the wait times and bring some correction to a broken system.

Definition of Curtilage Determines Whether Search Lawful
Video Uploaded on: 5/15/2018         

Attorney David Allen reviews a Minnesota case in which a criminal defendant, Quentin Todd Chute, argued the police engaged in an unlawful search of his property. He contended they did not have permission to enter the curtilage of his property. David Allen discusses the concept of curtilage in the law.

Criminal Defendant Takes Extreme Steps to Get to Court on Time
Video Uploaded on: 5/8/2018         

Attorney David Allen examines a case in which Jonathan Rivera, age 25, took some extreme steps in getting to a court appearance on time.

Criminal Defendant Subjected to Electrical Shocking in Court
Video Uploaded on: 5/1/2018         

Attorney David Allen reviews a case in which a judge used a high voltage spend belt to enforce court ruled the quorum. A criminal defendant was in custody was acting out in the court. The judge ordered his bailiff to repeatedly send a 50,000 volt electrical charge to an ankle cuff he was wearing. Suit was brought and a Texas Court of Appeals decided whether the judge’s actions were excessive.

Hair Salon Operator Fined $16,000 For Braiding Hair
Video Uploaded on: 4/24/2018         

Attorney David Allen discusses a case in which a Tennessee will beauty parlor operator was fined $16,000 for allowing hairstylists without a “natural hair stylist” license to braid hair. In Utah other stylist brought suit contending that a similar statute was unconstitutional. David Allen contrasts what took place in the two states.

Jury Determines Whether Graffiti Is Art
Video Uploaded on: 4/17/2018         

Attorney David Allen examines a jury verdict determining whether graffiti is art. Jerry Wolkoff, a New York City real estate developer, allowed artists to paint images on the side of an occupied building. When it came time to develop the property he whitewashed over the graffiti art. The artists brought suit under the Visual Artists Rights Act contending their work was destroyed without permission. The initial question the jury had to decide was whether the graffiti was art.

Due to Religious Beliefs Funeral Home Owner Fires Transgender
Video Uploaded on: 4/10/2018         

Attorney David Allen discusses a case in which funeral home owner, Thomas Rost, terminated an employee Aimee Stephens. The reason he gave for the termination was religious. He believed the Bible teaches a person’s sex is an immutable God given gift. Since Aimee was a transgender individual he contended his religious rights were being violated by supporting her through continued employment. She argued she was denied her civil rights and brought suit. The case was eventually decided by the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Criminal Defendant Argues Amount of Bail Unconstitutional
Video Uploaded on: 4/3/2018         

Attorney David Allen reviews a New York State Court case in which a criminal defendant, Christopher Kunkeli, contended his $5,000 bail was unconstitutional. He argued he didn’t have the ability to pay. His attorney said holding him in jail because he was unable to pay the bail was a deprivation of his liberty without due process.

David Allen Legal Tuesday: Obtaining Facebook Postings in Litigation
Video Uploaded on: 3/28/2018         

Attorney David Allen discusses the ability to obtain social media photographs through litigation. The case involves a woman, Kelly Foreman, who suffered injuries while horseback riding. The attorneys defending the case wanted copies of the photographs she posted to Facebook after she fell from the horse. The case was appealed twice and different courts took different views.

Fingerprints Viewed As “Mark of the Devil”
Video Uploaded on: 3/20/2018         

Attorney David Allen examines a case in which school bus driver Bonnie Katie contends her fingerprints could not be taken because that would subject her to “the mark of the Devil”. She argued that under the book of revelations she would be barred from have an as a result. Her employer contended the State of Pennsylvania required the fingerprints for a background check. Bonnie Katie then sued her employer contending she was being discriminated against.

Stuffed Animals Needed for “Divine Guidance”
Video Uploaded on: 3/13/2018         

Attorney David Allen discusses a case arising from the claims of a prison inmate, Christopher Greif. He contended he needed an abundant number of stuffed animals in his cell. The stuffed animals provided him with “divine guidance”. He contended his religious beliefs were going to be violated if the animals were removed. The case was initially heard in a federal district court and appealed to the second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Case Tossed Because Attorney Is 29 Min. Late
Video Uploaded on: 3/6/2018         

Attorney David Allen highlights a case arising in New York in which a sole practitioner attempted to make three court appearances in different counties in one morning. He arrived 29 min. late for a federal district court appearance. The judge ordered the case dismissed. On appeal the circuit court reviewed the severe nature of the penalty for tardiness.

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