I am really sorry, but I am not in a position to provide you legal advice, or to refer you to someone who can. Nothing on this blog should be construed as legal advice. And the author makes no warranties, express or implied, regarding the content of this weblog.
If you are interested in legal self-help, click here, and you will be directed to some helpful resources from attorney David Giacalone.
From time to time I will profile some of America's finest lawyers, though in doing so, I am not endorsing them nor suggesting you seek their legal services.
I consider all e-mails to me (whether sent to my personal or Crime & Federalism e-mail accounts) as a personal conversation and thus I will never reproduce it on my blog without your consent; nor will I forward any e-mails you send me to a third-party. I also expect you to keep e-mails from me to you confidential. If you are unwilling or unable to keep things private, then please do not e-mail me.
The only exception to my e-mail policy I can think of is this: If you send me an e-mail threatening me with any legal action or physical or emotional harm, then I will blog about it, and about you. My reasoning is that if you can't behave like an adult by refraining from sending nasty e-mails, then you don't deserve the privacy adults expect.
Otherwise, my lips are sealed.
Your privacy is important to me, and I will protect it in several ways.
First, I don't name drop, and thus you won't see things like, "I had
a discussion with/received an e-mail from [insert your name, law firm,
or government agency]." Saying that would not only be lame, it would
violate your privacy. And so I won't do it.
Second, everything you tell me, including the fact that you told me anything at all, or that you even exist, is presumptively confidential. Unless I'm subpoenaed before a grand jury (and my attempts to quash the subpoena fail), I won't talk.
Third, if you're an anonymous blogger (even one who insults me), I won't out you, even if I determine your identity through my own sleuthing. If you tell me your identity (or give me hints), I won't share. If I determine your identity through my own efforts, then I might share the information with a person who shares my privacy ethic, but merely to test my hypothesis. But again, even if I figure out who you are on my own, I won't blog about it.