Legal

Brad Pinsky, Chip Comstock, Curt Varone, and John K. Murphy

Podcast: Fire Service Court

In this episode, Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, and Brad Pinsky consider issues relating to privacy and speech issues in the fire station.
Photo of victim in fatal tunnel fire

Court Tosses Murder Conviction in Deadly MD Fire in Secret Tunnels

A Maryland appeals court on Friday overturned a wealthy stock trader's conviction on a murder charge in the fiery death of a man who was secretly helping him dig tunnels for a nuclear bunker beneath a home.
John K. Murphy

Fire Legal Issues in Review: Year 2020

John K. Murphy looks back at a turbulent year for the fire service and America in general and a bonanza year for lawyers.
Probe into deadly Denver arson fire

Three Teens Arrested in CO House Fire That Killed Five

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Denver that killed five recent immigrants, including two children, from the West African nation of Senegal, police said Wednesday.
Worcester firefighter

Judge Upholds Evidence in Arson Case Where Worcester (MA) Firefighter Died

An error a judge made in a recent ruling in the murder case of accused arsonist Momoh Kamara will not result in evidence being thrown out of court.

CA Man Accused in Fire that Killed 36 Expected to Plead Guilty

A man facing a second trial after a fire killed 36 partygoers at a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse he’s accused of illegally converting into a cluttered artists enclave is expected to plead guilty later this month
Brad Pinsky, Chip Comstock, Curt Varone, and John K. Murphy

Podcast: Fire Service Court

The panel of firefighter-attorneys—Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, Brad Pisky, and Curt Varone—look at emerging legal issues facing fire departments.
Two fire apparatus

Brookline (MA) Firefighter’s Case Reaches Supreme Judicial Court

For years, legal minds and community members alike have debated whether Gerald Alston— the Brookline firefighter fired after complaining of racial bias — should keep his job.
John K. Murphy

Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations for Firefighters?

Can you mandate an inoculation or immunization for your firefighters? John K. Murphy examines the legal angles.
Brad Pinsky, Chip Comstock, Curt Varone, and John K. Murphy

Podcast: Fire Service Court

Firefighter-attorneys Chip Comstock, John K. Murphy, Brad Pinsky, and Curt Varone discuss legal issues impacting the fire service.