October 24, 2017

The First Amendment & the NFL

The First Amendment is one of the cornerstones and keys of our democracy. I am rabid about it. Everyone in America has a First Amendment right to free speech, which includes, of course, the right to protest things we don’t like. Governmental actions that limit or abridge it are, at minimum, constitutionally suspect. That being […]

Vickery & Shepherd Partner Admitted to State Bar of Wyoming

HOUSTON, TX – Vickery & Shepherd is excited to announce that partner, Fred Shepherd, has been admitted to the State Bar of Wyoming. “I am honored and thrilled to be admitted to the Wyoming Bar,” said Fred Shepherd.  “Although I am a native Texan by birth, I have spent a substantial amount of personal and […]

The Champ and The Chump

Two avowedly devout Muslim men have died over the last two weeks. One was the Heavyweight Champion of the World.   Because of his faith, Muhammad Ali, nee “Cassius Clay”, risked his fame and his fortune, and, on April 28, 1967, claiming “conscientious objector” status, he refused induction into the Army and thereby relinquished his boxing […]

Captain’s Corner

Welcome to our Blog. Please read, enjoy, and leave us a comment or send a topic request through our contact form. I am Captain Andy Vickery, USA, date of rank 6/4/71. Here is a picture of me a month after I pinned those railroad tracks on my shoulders, walking to the My Lai trial of […]

The Davis Cousins’ Religious Convictions

Imagine, if you will, that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has a first cousin, Ken Davis, who is a federal judge.   He shares her fervor for the teachings of the Good Book.   But, on his particular hot button religious issue, he has a much stronger, clearer proof text. When the Bible says ” THOU SHALT […]

Playing By The Rules

Well, if this one don’t take the cake.   First, a big defense firm has the chutzpah to send a young associate into the federal jury assembly room, and then, has the unmitigated gall to refuse to produce his/her notes, claiming them as “work product.”   See the story, and Judge Hoyt’s ruling this week, at http://abovethelaw.com/2014/02/thats-one-way-to-pick-a-jury-maybe-an-unethical-one-but-it-is-one-way/ This one […]

Amendment of Rule 26 – Captain Andy Vickery’s Thoughts

The judicial committee has proposed an amendment to Rule 26, Fed.R.Civ.P.    If passed, the scope of discovery will no longer be information that is relevant, or likely to lead to relevant evidence.  Instead, there will be a new barometer.   The judge can weigh in and decide whether the information sought, by either side, is “proportional […]

Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Beware

On January 21, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made it clear that pharmaceutical companies who are negligent in their design or marketing of drug products will be held accountable under the law.   The drug company in Lance v. Wyeth argued that the only two bases for products liability claims were (a) impurities in the manufacturing […]

Team building and mud

Looking for a unique and exciting team building experience? We found one! Four of the six Justiceseekers team members participated in the Mighty Mud Dash mud run in November.  Talk about an exciting, cold, rewarding experience. “The wind was biting cold and, despite my lengthy raincoat and cowboy hat, the ice cold rain drops made […]

Justice Delayed

Today was a sad one for justice in the case of Maureen Calisi.     In a 34 page opinion, US District Judge Denise Casper ruled that the testimony of our “warnings” expert, Dr. Michael Hamrell, should be excluded, and that, without it, there was no case to submit to a jury.    “We are disappointed, but will […]