In my last blog post, I dusted off an old favorite, my dog-eared copy of Dr. Frank Luntz’s “Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear” and shared three of his “Ten Rules of Effective Language,” along with some insight into how those rules apply in the world of litigation and courtroom persuasion. In this installment, let’s talk about rules 4-6. Rule #4 | Consistency Matters If…
At 1:00 the COA will hear the case of Charles Dalton Shoemake v. the State of Mississippi. Shoemake and his friend Nicholas Walker murdered his former drug dealer. This was after Miller outlawed automatic life sentences for juveniles yet the trial court heard all the testimony and sentenced him to life without parole. Shoemake argues that given the evidence adduced, this was error. Shoemake’s brief State’s brief Shoemake’s reply brief Watch the argument here
Hand down list Linda Hayes v. Howard Industries, Inc – workers comp. – Linda Hayes sustained a neck injury while working at Howard Industries, Inc. and filed a compensation claim.  The AJ Judge entered an order finding Hayes sustained a loss of wage-earning capacity and requiring Howard Industries to pay Hayes permanent partial disability benefits and future medical benefits. On appeal the Commission entered an order declining to accept the AJ’s  determination and found that…