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Random thoughts through June 18

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My Sunday blogposts sometimes veer beyond the law, including occasional consolidated random thoughts collected over the weeks on Twitter and elsewhere

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, and to my father, my grandfathers, and the rest of my lineage to cavepeople, apes, and before that.


Ocean City [Maryland] acts to keep women from going topless at beach” – The Washington Post

You have to break the horse to lead,” for cross examining opposing witnesses or any other challenging witness, says my teacher Gerry Spence.

Closing on the way to an acquittal of his client Randy Weaver, Gerry Spence “introduced his own wife to the jury and at another point” thundered “‘Wake up!'” to the prosecutor.

“Gerry Spence, the Wyoming Warrior at High Noon,” is revealing about Gerry, even though I oppose libel lawsuits.

Gerry Spence, as a specially-assigned proseuctor, obtained a jury’s death verdict against Mark Hopkinson, and unsuccessfully tried to get his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Hopkinson was executed in Wyoming in 1992, four years after I first met Gerry when he spoke at a summer law associates dinner, and three years before I attended the four-week Trial Lawyers College at his ranch.

The Good Lawyer- Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, by Douglas O. Linder & Nancy Levit

Philly slashed its jail population by almost 20 percent in just 2 years”

A usually upbeat lawyer recently ranted against the legal system’s inefficiency. I rant more about the legal system’s injustices.

The Man Who Spent 35 Years in Prison Without a Trial” The Marshall Project

Drug busts underway in Denver metro area are aimed at growers shipping weed out of state” – The Denver Post

A Belgian court convicts parents for their baby’s death after keeping milk out of his diet and driving across the country for medical assistance rather than nearby when the child was in dire straits.


In questioning Attorney General Sessions, experienced trial lawyer and Senator Kamala Harris demonstrated the power of sticking to the opposing witness while inserting thumbtack-sized questions.

An angry Sen. [Scott] Wagner takes matters into his own hands – literally”

Little you do is private. I donated to Bernie Sanders last year, and here is my donation for all to find by simply doing a search of my name and state.


Stan Lee & more will be at this weekend’s Awesome Con in Washington, D.C.

About Onna-bugeisha, Japan’s historical female samurai/ martial artists.

Tito Puente‘s Last Live Performance: “Oye Como Va

The person who has found inner peace can no longer be intimidated, controlled, manipulated, or programmed.” – David Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender.

“We already have everything we are looking for, everything we want to become.” “Just being in the moment in this place is the deepest practice of meditation.” “We meditate not to attain enlightenment , because enlightenment is already in us.” Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching. 

Perhaps one of the main antidotes to depression, lack of self-esteem, loneliness and so forth is the recognition that we really do have Buddha nature.”. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

“If we become angry at our anger, we will have two angers at the same time.” Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step

“In Zen, we don’t find the answers; we lose the questions.” Paradise in Plain Sight

Check out A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life by Shantideva