Legal Briefs - March 28, 2018

Here is a link to the show Legal Brief with personal injury attorney Jeffrey Kaufman if you didn’t get a chance to hear it.

The Pulse gunman’s widow Noor Salman, you were one of the attorneys who predicted that the government did not have a strong case as people outside the legal field thought they did.  As we enter into the closing arguments and deliberations beginning by the jury, what is your take as a legal expert?

- Unless the government can show she did overt act in furtherance of the act it’ll be hard to prove guilt

- As far as the obstruction charge, she admitted she lied in a prior statement and if the jury believes the stamens was giving voluntarily they might find her guilty.

We know it is within our right to not have to testify. From an attorney’s perspective, how is that perceived?

- The Defense’s argument is that she wasn’t intelligent enough to understand the questioning and with out them hearing from her this might be difficult to prove to the jury.

A lot of people are wondering that Noor Salman’s husband could have said to her, “Honey, I’m going to put a bullet in everyone’s head”. Her just admitting that she knew that, isn’t that cause enough for her to face some charges?

She needed to take an overt act in furtherance of the crime, no matter how small.

There was a case where some teenagers watched a man drown. Citizens were speculating of coming up with a good Samaritan law, what are your thoughts?

- While these kids in my opinion are terrible human beings, in most cases there is no duty to rescue unless they took actions to start to rescue which caused others not to.

The datamining scandal on Facebook, where we’re finding out that they’re potentially listening in our phone conversations so they can do better targeted advertisements. There is a lot of discussion moving forward about legal ramifications. In a nutshell, what can we expect out of this?

- While this is a really interesting topic, it feels like steroids in baseball. The damages to individuals are low but our government might try to fine them, pass laws, and waste a lot of of money and time.

Listener questions:

Which Census questions do you have to answer?

- All of them

How would they know if you did or did not answer the Census questions?

- They put the answers into the system but very rarely if ever have punished an individual but they could.

How would they know if you lie on the Census?

- They probably wouldn’t.

Can a parent emancipate their child to not pay child support?

- Probably not. A child is normally the person who files for emancipation.

Jeffrey S. Kaufman is currently licensed to practice law in Florida and seventeen other states. Jeffrey can be found on Justia Lawyers, Martindale Hubble, and

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