Lawyers could be the next profession to be replaced by computers

The legal profession — tradition-bound and labor-heavy — is on the cusp of a transformation in which artificial-intelligence platforms dramatically affect how legal work gets done.

Those platforms will mine documents for evidence that will be useful in litigation, to review and create contracts, raise red flags within companies to identify potential fraud and other misconduct or do legal research and perform due diligence before corporate acquisitions.

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/17/lawyers-could-be-replaced-by-artificial-intelligence.html

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Criminals to plead guilty online as justice system goes digital

The government [in the UK] is to press ahead with plans to enable petty criminals to plead guilty online and receive a sentence through a computer.

A report from the Ministry of Justice has called for the system to be tested with non-prisonable offenses, such as tram fare evasion, railway fare evasion and possession of an unlicensed road and line.

“Under this proposal, defendants who opt in to the online procedure and plead guilty will be offered the option to accept a pre-determined penalty (including the payment of any appropriate compensation and costs), be convicted and pay the amount immediately,” it reads.

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http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/plead-guilty-online-criminals-digital-court-a7571411.html

Dwyer’s Shelby County Drug Court saves lives, cuts crime

During a moving ceremony Wednesday, Bryan Owens talked about how he evolved from a 12-year-old criminal to a serious drug abuser to a sober citizen, who is working on a Master’s Degree in social work at the University of Memphis, has a house in Arlington and became engaged over Christmas to his girlfriend of five years.

Owens’ moving presentation came during a celebration by the staff, graduates and supporters of Shelby County Drug Court, which was marking its 20th anniversary.

It is not hyperbole to say the court, founded by General Sessions Criminal Court Judge Tim Dwyer, has been a resuscitator of lives severely damaged by drug use, a crime reducer and a key weapon in criminal justice reform.

Dwyer, a General Sessions judge since 1984, founded the Drug Court in 1997.

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http://www.commercialappeal.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/02/06/dwyers-shelby-county-drug-court-saves-lives-cuts-crime/97467968/

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Shelby County, Tennessee – Media Information

A new lawsuit details the experiences of 10 people who say they were affected by records problems in the Shelby County criminal justice system.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Christmas Eve [December 2016], alleges the plaintiffs were incarcerated in Shelby County for an “extended and unlawful” amount of time following a major computer system transition in November. A federal lawsuit was also filed in November against Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham.

“Shelby County’s overall management of the computer transition was an abject failure,” attorneys Beth Brooks, Patrick Brooks, Matthew Gulotta, Daniel Lofton and Steve Wilson, say in the recent class action complaint.

[This case, which was filed in state court, is one of three filed against Shelby County relating to the jail’s new computer system. The other two lawsuits were filed in federal court.]

For the full article in the Commercial Appeal click here.

See the embedded video (below) from WREG News Channel 3 in Memphis [January 5, 2017] and click here for their full article.

For other TV news coverage [from January 5, 2017], see the following links:

Another lawsuit filed in connection with jail computer glitches

Lawsuits Filed In Shelby County Computer Problems

See the embedded video (below) from Fox 13 Memphis [January 12, 2017] and click here for their full article.

For additional TV news coverage from the case’s January 12, 2017 initial court hearing, see the following links:

Court Hearing On Lawsuits Over Computer Problems At Shelby County Justice Center

Attorneys request IT expert for lawsuit against Shelby County

Also, a copy of the Complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee, can be found below (.pdf format):

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES UNDER THE TENNESSEE GOVERNMENTAL TORT LIABILITIES ACT AND PETITION FOR TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT INJUNCTIVE RELIEF

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Appeals court rules against Beale sweeps

An appeals court has sided with a federal judge who ruled last year that the city could no longer conduct sweeps to clear people off Beale Street unless public safety requires it.

U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla issued his ruling in June 2015, ostensibly ending a police practice that has existed for years in which officers “sweep” the street to clear people off or push them into clubs, usually in the early morning hours of weekends.

After McCalla’s decision, the city appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. That three-member body handed down its ruling Monday upholding McCalla’s decision.

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A Law Professor Explains Why You Should Never Talk to Police

James Duane doesn’t think you should ever talk to the police. Not just, “Don’t talk to the police if you’re accused of a crime,” or, “Don’t talk to the police in an interrogation setting”—never talk to the cops, period. If you are found doing something suspicious by an officer (say, breaking into your own house because you locked yourself outside Read the full article here …

See below for the Youtube.com video referred to in the article above.

Misconduct Allegations in the Shelby County DA’s Office

Noura Jackson has her say after misconduct hearing for prosecutor|VIDEO

Following the hearing in which no decision was immediately rendered, Jackson told reporters gathered outside a courtroom at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law that her defense attorneys repeatedly argued for a piece of evidence in her case.

“The prosecution denied it ever existed,” she said. “The prosecutors in this case deceived the judge, my lawyers and the jury by hiding very important evidence,” she said.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Board files disciplinary charges against DA Amy Weirich, prosecutor Jones

Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and another prosecutor face disciplinary charges filed by the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee stemming from their conduct during the prosecution of Noura Jackson.

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Memphis Marijuana Ordinance

This is certainly a persuasive statement from the city council, but the MPD can still charge people with a misdemeanor for simple possession. I would say its largely up to the police administration to encourage individual officers to cite those in possession of small amounts of marijuana with an ordinance violation, rather than a misdemeanor.

Decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana ordinance passes city council committee