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October 2004 Issue


Cover Story

Stay Tuned

Chances are you know Todd Melnik, if not by name then cer­tainly by reputation. Melnik is the Los Angeles lawyer who helped get his client exonerated through a television show.

Well, sort of.

Melnik’s client, Juan Catalan, stood accused of a par­ticularly heinous revenge murder. He said he didn’t do it, and had the alibi: He was at a Dodgers game with his daughter. He even had the ticket stubs to prove it--but the LAPD wasn’t buying it. The police department claimed to have eyewitnesses placing Catalan at the scene of the crime, finger on the trigger. What’s a lawyer to do? Go to the videotape.

Catalan, you see, was a Dodger Stadium regular and remembered seeing a crew in his section at the game that night filming the comedic actor Bob Einstein, best known for his bumbling stuntman character Super Dave Osborne. Maybe, just maybe, he had been captured on film.

Feature Section

    Another Close Call

    The 2000 presidential election campaign was the closest in U.S. history. It went unresolved for weeks until the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Florida vote count made Republican George W. Bush the winner. If the polls to date are any indication, this year’s race be­tween President Bush and his Democratic challenger, Mas­sachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry, is shaping up to be another close call.

ABA Connection

Look Before You Leap

The government means business. Companies across the United States have come to appreciate government as an important purchaser of goods and services. The federal gov­ernment alone spends more than $250 billion a year--about a quarter of its discretionary spending--to purchase goods and services.

McElhaney on Litigation

Blind Spots

Corner Office

The Bad Egg

Associates in the Trenches

Billing Basics

Career Audit

Bringing Up the Raise

Ideas from the Front

Cash Up Front

In Google We Trust?

Life Audit

Tech’s Prereqs

Tech Audit

D-I-Y Docs

President's Message

Raising the Tempo

Executive Director's Report

A Coordinated Effort

Above the Trees

The Rich Are Different

Keeva on Life and Practice

What’s The Story?