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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...

27 Nov

Defending child pornography cases

Child pornography prosecutions have been rampant for many years, both for possession and distribution of child pornography, and for alleged violations of 18 U.S.C. § 2257 recordkeeping provisions. The United States Supreme Court generally limits child pornography prosecutions to images of actual minors, rather than to...

24 Nov

Website cannot be sued just anywhere

Kudos to fellow First Amendment Lawyers Association member Marc John Randazza and his law firm, for obtaining a dismissal of a defamation lawsuit against a website, for failure to establish personal jurisdiction against the website. The case is Lexington Homes v. Peter Siskind, Fl. Cir. Ct....

22 Nov

Carol and David Keeffe murdered

On the Trial Lawyers College listserv yesterday came news of the passing of David Keeffe, who had attended one or more TLC programs, and his wife, Carol. The news reports that they were shot dead. I never met David. The news accounts show David and...