One Question You Need to Ask Your Attorney!

Attorneys are asked many a number of hypothetical or convoluted questions.

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We are asked basic questions regarding the law, Complex questions regarding strategy and even common sense questions regarding life choices. Of course, attorneys are asked about fees.

But what question is not asked that should be?

“Are you doing things that hurt my case?”

Attorneys are not supposed to, but unnecessarily filing Contempt, having the other party served, igniting or not responding to the other when they should can make things worse. Attorneys are in a position where they can help or they can do damage beyond repair.

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The TRUTH on LIE Detectors; Polygraph and the Courts

“I’ll take a lie detector test!”  Famous last words…

Lie Detector Tests and their application in Mississippi Law is limited.  The tests themselves are deemed generally unreliable by a legal standard and are no admissible in Court absent mutual agreement or stipulation otherwise. However, law enforcement relies on them when administered properly.  Personally, I have seen testing and the results impact several cases.

First off, What is a Polygraph Test?  A test which measures and records physiological indicators such as; blood pressure, pulse,respiration, and skin conductivity, while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions. Wikipedia.

During the actual test only the test taker and examiner are present.  The questions asked are typically only a few and they are asked a number of times, the exact same way.  There are no surprise questions, no questions that are not rehearsed and no Lamp Shades.

The test is measuring your involuntary responses and during the pre-test phase you are instructed to lie about an answer for comparison to involuntary responses during the testing.

Despite their limited Courtroom application, law enforcement agencies routinely administer Polygraph tests to suspects of crimes and the FBI uses polygraph testing regularly for not only suspects and witnesses, but also testing their own personnel, staff and agents.

I have used Polygraph testing in several cases where issues involved abuse allegations.  In one instance in particular a properly administered and passed Polygraph test  helped result in having a matter dismissed in Court and helped end a criminal investigation and rightly so!

As for the tricks on Ocean’s Eleven on to how to beat the test…well, the FBI tests for counter measures.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law litigation attorney in Mississippi and encourages you to not to lie!

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Who’s #1?

There has been a lot of debate over who is #1…

There are polls, blogs, fan sites, trolls, media and other hype, but #1 in a Family Law situation has to be the children.

If you ever find yourself not knowing what to do, do what is best for the children.  Should you let Jr. go on a trip with dad when it’s not his time?

What is best for Jr.?  

Is dad safe?  

Is the trip meaningful?

 Is it best for Jr.?  If you can answer these questions then you know what to do.

So, I have to give in every time? No, but you should be reasonable and if it means you don’t get to “act” like the other parent does, maybe that is a very good thing for Jr. to see!

In a Family Law situation make your children your #1 priority!

Matthew Thompson is a Child Custody lawyer in Mississippi and if you like what I did here, read more at BowTieLawyer.ms

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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Bad “Divorce” Tattoos?

What says “My Marriage is Forever” better than a tattoo?  Well, maybe saying it.

Below are some potentially “bad” tattoo ideas…

Think this guy likes Brenda? Does Brenda like him?

Hmm…things aren’t exactly lining up.

That heart looks easy to break.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and warns you that tattoos may be longer than your marriage, act accordingly.

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Update: Mississippi Judge Pleads GUILTY

As an update from a prior blog, former Mississippi Chancery Judge Joe Dale Walker, has pleaded guilty to Federal charges.

Walker, formerly of the 13th Chancery Court district which includes; Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Simpson and Smith counties, was on suspension by the Mississippi Supreme Court for his on-the-bench conduct. He pleaded guilty this week to federal charges that included that he instructed a federal grand jury witness to destroy documents and then lied to FBI agents about it.

According to the FBI, Walker directed an attorney (the witness) he had appointed for a Conservatorship to solicit bids for the construction of a home for the ward. Of the bids obtained, one was from the Judge’s nephew.  The Judge reviewed the bids in his office and instructed his nephew to increase his bid. Walker then transferred the case to the other Judge in the district for the limited purpose of accepting and approving the bid because of his nephew’s involvement. After the contract was awarded to Walker’s nephew, the case was transferred back to Walker by the second Judge.

Walker, knowing that a Grand Jury subpoena was outstanding for information concerning the bidding process, spoke with the witness about instructing his nephew to increase his bid and the original bid and any existing copies.

When interviewed by the FBI, Walker denied  talking with the witness about his nephew’s  bids and denied telling the witness that the original low bid needed to be “somewhere else.”

U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III will sentence Walker Jan. 8. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/oct/7/ex-chancery-judge-joe-dale-walker-pleads-guilty/#ixzz3Ff16e0Ll

The Judge’s suspension, resignation, and guilty plea were a result of the joint efforts of the Mississippi Judicial Performance Committee and the FBI- Public Corruption Unit.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and warns you to NOT lie to the FBI!

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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.

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