Friday, June 13, 2008

Judge Kosinski Has Caused a New Absolute Duty of Lawyer Due Care

From this point, every lawyer has an absolute duty to demand discovery of every judge's computer and all electronic activity in e-discovery. From a rent deposit dispute in small claims to a certed Supreme Court appellate case, the lawyer must demand all electronic activity of the judge on all government and on all personal computers, and on all public computers used by the judge.

Update (September 12, 2008): Study shows costs of e-discovery are used as a tactic to force settlement to avoid its costs. The client has a right to e-discovery of the adverse lawyer, to search for an improper motive. The client has a right to e-discovery of the judge, to search for bias. It should become legal malpractice for the lawyer to not demand these discoveries of the other side.

Update (May 18, 2009): The use of blogs by judges may represent ex parte communication. Discussed here and in this article, Rachel C. Lee, Ex Parte Blogging: The Legal Ethics of Supreme Court Advocacy in the Internet Era, 61 Stan. L. Rev. 1535 (2009).

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