Here is my latest article on CNBC.com. It is legal and proper that Google scans its G-mail system to prevent the dissemination of child pornography. Google’s automated scanning of G-mail to create targeted advertising and user profiles is an open question.
Here is a link to my CNBC column on Donald Sterling’s big loss at trial.
Here is a link to my appearance on CNBC on July 18 to discuss the indictment of Federal Express for distribution of illegal prescription drugs from online pharmacies. If convicted, Federal Express faces up to $1.6 billion in monetary penalties.
CNBC.com published my column on the root legal causes of the flood of children attempting to enter the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
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CNBC.com has publised my overview of the first week of the Donald Sterling Trial. It is a little breezier than my daily recaps of the trial.
After Donald Sterling reduced her to tears by calling her a “pig” at the end of her testimony on Day 3 of trial, Shelly Sterling calmly took apart Donald Sterling’s case during her testimony on Day 4. She provided vivid detail of (1) Donald’s panic that the NBA was about to terminate his ownership of the Clippers, (2) his participation in the decision to sell 100% of the team, (3) his joy on hearing that Shelly had obtained $2 billion from Steve Ballmer and (4) his temper tantrum that accompanied his last minute change of heart. She also revealed that Donald Sterling had larded the Trust with $500 million in debt, requiring the sale of the team now that the Trust has been dissolved. All in, it was another bad day for Donald Sterling.
Trial will continue on July 22 with closing arguments scheduled for July 28. Shelly has concluded her case, including Donald as an adverse witness. Donald will present his witnesses when trial continues.
Please follow below the fold for the details on Day 4, with a cameo appearance by Barbara Walters.
On the third day of his trial, Donald Sterling put on a master class on how not to behave in court. He demonstrated a complete inability to control his anger, yelling at the court:
“MAKE NO MISTAKE TODAY. I WILL NEVER, EVER, EVER SELL THIS TEAM. UNTIL I DIE, I WILL BE SUING THE NBA FOR THE TERRIBLE VIOLATIONS OF ANTI-TRUST THAT THEY HAVE IMPOSED ON MY FAMILY.”
After Shelly Sterling testified, Donald verbally assaulted his wife for having the temerity to testify about his mental decline. When she approached him, he snapped:
“Get away from me, you pig. Shelly, how could you lie?”
Under California probate law, inability to control anger is one of the hallmarks of mental incapacity.
Steve Ballmer’s attorney, Adam Streisand, aptly described Donald Sterling’s outburst at Shelly as “a shameful display by a seriously demented tyrant, and he proved today that he absolutely has to go.”
Please follow below the fold for more blow-by-blow from Day 3.