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13 Dec

Peter Boyle leaves the planet

"I get scared when I meet people like Joe," said Peter Boyle soon after being catapulted from an unknown to widespread fame. Boyle as Joe has remained clearly etched into my memory for thirty-five years, capturing the 1970 period of turmoil and upheaval better than any film I...

07 Dec

Jose Padilla photos

Here are nine photos of how Jose Padilla was treated when still classified as an enemy combatant. In the above photograph, he is being taken to the dentist. The security measures shown in this photo look unnecessary, over-the-top, and just plain wrong, and are among the...

03 Dec

Recap of our marijuana articles

Today's medical marijuana blog entry is one of our many articles and blog entries on marijuana. The others are here: - Presenting the medical marijuana defense. - Marijuana: Of opportunistic cops and misguided smokers. - Drugs and War. -  Only a handful of people receive federally-provided medical marijuana. - Another...

01 Dec

More on child pornography defense

This follows up on my November 27 blog entry on child pornography defense, with more ideas about defending such cases: - On November 30, I updated my original November 27 blog entry with further information about 18 USCS § 3509(m), which became law the middle of this year, which...

30 Nov

Why fly U.S. Air?

On November 22, 2006, six Muslim religious leaders were removed from a U.S. Airways flight -- apparently at the direction of the pilot --  and detained and questioned by federal agents for lengths of time up to five to six hours. A U.S. Airways ticketing agent refused to...

28 Nov

What is cocaine base?

The 100-to-1 crack to powder cocaine disparity in federal sentencing actually arises from statutory language (e.g., 21 USCS § 841(b)(1)(A)(iii)) distinguishing "cocaine base" from powder cocaine. What, then, is the difference between cocaine base and powder cocaine? The statutory language is ambiguous; some federal courts have...