Did you ever wish that you could run your favorite Mac or PC programs on your iPad? Well now you can with Parallels app, Parallels Access. The Times’s David Pogue reports that Access, "is not some miracle adapter that runs Mac and PC programs on the iPad itself. Instead, it’s a glorified porthole into the screen of a real Mac or PC back at your home or office. You see everything on your distant computer remotely; you can click, type and drag in the programs there, even listen to audio and watch videos. The iPad becomes like a detached touch screen for a Mac or PC that’s thousands of miles away." Read more about this exciting new app at Pogue's blog, Pogue's Posts.
The legal blog known as Groklaw has decided to shut down their site because of concerns over government surveillance and insecure communications. Pamela Jones, the person behind the blog, wrote “No matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how ‘clean’ we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don’t know how to function in such an atmosphere,” Read the full story here.
Without any fanfare, the Ohio Supreme Court has issued a revised and updated Writing Manual: A Guide to Citations, Style, and Judicial Opinion Writing. Many lawyers have not followed the Manual's suggestions, and the 2013 version even states in its Preface that:
Although Ohio judges and lawyers are not required to follow this manual, the committee hopes that it will be useful in writing opinions and drafting briefs and pleadings.
Like the superceded 2012 version, the new 2013 Manual is divided into 3 parts:
Part I, the Manual of Citations, governs the citation format used in Supreme Court opinions and other opinions. It sets forth rules for the forms of citation for cases, statutes, and other sources, provides examples for each category, and explains the use of WebCites. Part II, the Style Guide, provides direction on certain aspects of style used in Supreme Court opinions. Subjects covered include capitalization, punctuation, use of footnotes and headings, captions, and commonly misused words. Part III, the Structure of a Judicial Opinion, is a guide intended to assist writers of judicial opinions. It offers an outline setting forth the basic components of an opinion in the traditional sequence, followed by several examples written in the Supreme Court style.
N.D. Ohio Chief Judge Solomon Oliver and 86 other federal district court chief judges have signed and sent a joint letter to Congress requesting financial assistance. Analogizing themselves to "the boots on the ground in our nation's federal trial courts," the judges claim that reduced funding and sequestration have forced them to "slash ... operations to the bone." The judges fear that their "constitutional duties, public safety, and the quality of the justice system will be profoundly compromised by any further cuts."
According to the Clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, a jury scam is making its way around the US. Threatening homeowners with prosecution for failing to appear for state or federal jury service, callers are trying to coerce people into revealing sensitive information like social security numbers and credit card numbers. The ND of Ohio has confirmed that "Federal courts do not require anyone to provide any sensitive information in a telephone call. Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail." Apparently, the scams are surfacing in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.
The New York Times "Bits Blog" reports that "Hackers and security researchers are moving away from simply trying to break into — or protect — people’s e-mail accounts, stealing credit cards and other dirty digital deeds. Now they’re exploring vulnerabilities to break through the high-tech security of homes, cause car accidents or in some extreme cases, kill people who use implanted medical devices." Read more here...
If you had not already noticed it, the Clerk of Court for Cuyahoga County's Domestic Relations Court has a new home in room 35 of the basement of the County Courthouse. The Notary Department has also moved downstairs. All domestic relations and notary mail and filings should be directed to the new mailing address: Clerk of Courts Andrea F. Rocco, Domestic Relations/Notary Division, One Lakeside Avenue, Room 35, Cleveland, OH 44113.