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Lois Reiss Captured in Texas: Accused of Fort Myers Beach Murder

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Lois Reiss

Lois Reiss, a possible serial killer who struck on Fort Myers Beach, has been captured. Authorities caught her in Texas on South Padre Island: a resort location about 45 minutes from the Mexican border. She faces charges for killing a tourist that resembled her on Fort Myers Beach, to assume her identity as she was hiding out for the murder of her husband in Minnesota. It remains to be seen if she will be transported to deal with her charges in Florida or Minnesota first. Her Lee County, FL case could potentially be a death penalty case, as it sounds like an intentional, pre-planned first degree murder, done with the intent to hide out from her earlier crimes. She was apparently captured when an alert restaurant employee recognized her and called authorities. She apparently missed the news that hiding out usually means laying low…

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Is there a Serial Killer on the Loose in Southwest Florida?

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Suspect Lois Reiss

A manhunt is underway for the woman suspected in a murder at Fort Myers Beach that was discovered on Tuesday. Detectives believe Lois Reiss was hiding out in the Fort Myers Beach area, and targeted victim Pamela Hutchinson due to the similarity of their appearance. Ms. Hutchinson was found deceased in her hotel room, murdered by a gunshot to the head. LCSO believes Reiss then stole Ms. Hutchinson’s identity, and her car, and her current whereabouts are unknown: though they indicate she may have fled to Texas.

Ms. Reiss was already the suspect in the murder of her husband in Minnesota. David Reiss was found dead after he failed to show up for a fishing trip on March 23. His body was found in their home with multiple gunshot wounds, his car was missing, and money had been taken out of his business account and transferred to his personal account. Authorities allege Reiss then forged his signature on checks which she cashed, totaling $11,000. She apparently made her way to Fort Myers Beach, identified Ms. Hutchinson due to her similarity of appearance, and then killed her and fled in her stolen vehicle. A nationwide search is underway, and Ms. Reiss is believed to be armed and very dangerous.

Hey Lawyers, Never Talk $#!t About Your Clients

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Former Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel, who’s facing charges in Texas for allegedly striking his former girlfriend, was in court for a preliminary hearing. A reporter texted his attorney for a comment, and received a text back that appears kind of incriminating. The lawyer has indicated the text was meant for another attorney. Oops.

It’s bad practice to bad mouth your own clients… thought the temptation can be great on some criminal cases, but it’s a bad idea. It’s an even worse idea if you don’t pay attention who your texts are going to. Suggesting, say, that your client may have been doing something illegal might end up prejudicing your client if they decide to have him submit a pee test. That could be bad for the client, and for you.

Live Snake in a Courtroom

OK- go ahead and start the lawyer jokes now…

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Photo via Dep. Mike Cundiff

A live, five-foot snake was found hanging out in a Texas courtroom this week. One of the deputies was tidying up at the end of the when he ran across this pretty sizable serpent. He called in a fellow deputy to corral the snake, described as a non-venomous chicken snake, and possibly extending more than 5 feet in length. He was sitting behind the bench where the judge had been sitting.

Why didn’t it bite the lawyers? Professional courtesy.

What do you call a snake in the courtroom? A member of the bar.

Why did it take them so long to spot the snake? They couldn’t distinguish him from all the lawyers!

Har har- have your laughs!

Wow:Car Salesman Kidnapped on Test Drive, but Turns the Tables on the Hijackers

via ochocincoblog:

A Houston-area car salesman was approached by a prospective buyer about taking a Dodge Challenger out for a test drive, but he had other intentions. While on the drive, his buddies pulled up behind, detained the salesman at gunpoint, and threw him in the trunk. Luckily he was a quick thinker and called his boss, who could track his cell phone. He also popped the trunk release, jumped out, wrestled the gun away from one of the hijackers, and shot him. Um…dude’s a badass…

It’s Against the law to Block Traffic, Even to Propose

A Texas man made headlines this week with the huge romantic gesture of blocking a highway to propose to his girlfriend. It may be sweet, but it’s also against the law. He is now facing a misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway charge. It did make a nice photo with the city int he background.

Hopefully his judge is a hopeless romantic!

Yes, I Have Seen the Texas Law Hawk. No, It’s Not the Best Attorney Ad Ever

Several people have passed along ads from the “Texas Law Hawk”; an angry, shouting attorney from Fort Worth names Bryan Wilson. The ads are funny, for their ‘You cannot be serious, over-the-top schlockiness’. But they are not great.

You know who is actually brilliant? John Morgan, the ubiquitous, cloying personal injury attorney, who’s constant ads have expanded from Florida to air over most fo the Southeastern United States. His ads are not funny, but some of them are very effective. They also make me change the channel. One of my favorites is Kentucky attorney Daryl Isaacs, “the Heavy Hitter”… which he has trademarked. He used to go by the “Kentucky Hammer”, which is awesome. He did a whole series of commercials with Deebo, which is brilliant:

However, the all-time greatest attorney commercial is the short-form film from Jamie Casino. It’s got actual plot, plus special effects, biblical quotes, and a rockin’ soundtrack. This is so awesome, I have personally watched it more than Gangnam Style. Check it out: