Saturday, January 23, 2010

Shoe Bomber & Judge William Young - Sentencing

U.S. District Court Judge William Young made the following statement in the sentencing phase of "shoe bomber" Richard Reid, before ordering him to prison.It is interesting that the words of Judge Young were not heralded across the nation's papers and television sets. Why was our nation's elite press asleep?

January 30, 2003 United States vs. Reid. Judge Young: 

Mr. Richard C. Reid, hearken now to the sentence the Court imposes upon you.
On counts 1, 5 and 6 the Court sentences you to life in prison in the custody of the United States Attorney General.

On counts 2, 3, 4 and 7, the Court sentences you to 20 years in prison on each count, the sentence on each count to run consecutive with the other. That's 80 years.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dragon NaturallySpeaking for the Lawyer

I am dictating this post using Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  Every lawyer ought to get this program and learn how to use it.

One of the ways that I use it is in research.  Recently, I was reading a book on probate, looking for salient points on a particular issue.  As I would come acrossthat was helpful, I'd simply read from the book.  Another thing I found useful is after meeting with a client, I'll sit down and dictate my notes of the meeting into Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  I also use it to dictate a synopsis of each file so I have much of all the important information on one or two pages.