Court reporter Karen Florin blogs about court cases and legal matters that are in the news.

Crime scene evidence collection is not for the squeamish

Retired state police detective Keith Hoyt testified last week at the murder trial of Dequan McKethan that as the Eastern District Major Crime Squad processed the scene of Darius Bishop's homicide for evidence three years ago, they could not overlook a portable toilet.

Defense lawyering can be a thankless job

Go to the mat for your client, and he thanks you with a claim of "ineffective counsel."

Birthday and anniversary marked by niece of murder victim

The niece of murder victim Noel Starback called this week to say she’ll be thinking about her uncle today.Dec. 11 would have been her uncle’s 60th birthday.

Show up for jury duty and be part of the solution

The protests cropping up all over the country as a result of grand jury decisions in Ferguson and New York City are a sign that many distrust and feel alienated by our criminal justice system.

Want a verdict? Just wait until Friday

Never turn your back on a jury, especially on a Friday afternoon.

Often, imperfect justice is the best we can do

The sentence is too long. The sentence is too lenient. The settlement is excessive. The courts are a joke.