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09 Feb

Maryland appellate lawyers on camera

  (Image available for public re-use, as described here.).   Since late 2006, Maryland's highest court has been videotaping oral arguments, and posting them to the court's website. Here, one will see a rather congenial court (a court whose rulings I often have praised, and often cursed) --...

08 Feb

Abolish the death penalty

Death penalty: Always unjust. Following up on our February 6 posting, Texas executed James Jackson yesterday, February 7. This is the fourth execution of the year in Texas, which has cornered the market for this year's executions, after having carried out nearly half of last year's...

07 Feb

Sixth Circuit upholds the First Amendment

The First Amendment is not limited to genteel speech. (From the public domain). Government officials serve at the pleasure of the voters, and not the other way around. Consequently, the majority of a three-judge federal Sixth Circuit panel reinstated Thomas Leonard's First and Fourth Amendment lawsuit...

06 Feb

New York, New York, a hell of a town

A gritty Manhattan street scene, before the mallification of Manhattan accompanied by mushroomed police stops and random subway searches. (Image from the public domain). When I lived in Manhattan for a year before starting law school in 1986, the subways did not suffer from post-September 11...

05 Feb

“I must have because they found a glove there”

The Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights prohibits a re-trial after an acquittal, unless the Separate Sovereigns doctrine allows otherwise. (From the public domain). The New York Times obtained a partial six-page transcript claimed by a person involved in the O.J. Simpson-Judith Regan never-broadcast interview to have...

04 Feb

Pursuing the not guilty plea

DeKalb County, Indiana, Courthouse. (Republication permission granted by photographer Michael Walter). "Not guilty" is a phrase too many criminal defendants fear. As each year passes, it is easier for me to convince a client to plead not guilty, since the client knows I have years of...

02 Feb

What I saw at the Libby trial

   Is Scooter Libby the pawn of Dick Cheney? (From the public domain). This follows up on my January 31, 2007, blog entry on the Scooter Libby trial. Having finished court early on February 1, I visited the overflow large-screen video viewing room for some of Scooter Libby’s trial...

01 Feb

Marijuana is medicine, and can even reverse munchies

Image from public domain. Marijuana is medicine. GW Pharmaceuticals is among the business world members confirming as much.  Now, ironically, the plant that brought us munchies (and, thus, vital relief to chemotherapy patients who otherwise have trouble wanting to eat and keeping food down) has been re-processed...

30 Jan

Rev. Robert F. Drinan leaves the planet

Robert F. Drinan, S.J. (From the public domain). Human rights activist and lawyer Robert F. Drinan, S.J. died this past Sunday. His vision of justice was uncomplicated and determined. He served ten years in Congress, and it took a direct Papal order against priests serving such posts...

29 Jan

Alice Coltrane leaves the planet

Last year, Alice Coltrane performed around the country for the last time. (From the public domain). On November 16, 2006, I blogged about the late jazz legend John Coltrane. I wrote about the ways I seek inspiration to prepare my clients' cases, and how John Coltrane created...

28 Jan

Defending alleged prostitutes and their customers

Amsterdam's red light district. (Released into public domain by photograph's creator, Bjarki Sigursveinsson). Here are some thoughts about defending against prosecutions of prostitution other than street-level prostitution. Some of these ideas also apply to defending alleged street-level prostitution cases. In defending escort prostitution cases, it may be...