Random law world thoughts through July 8, 2012

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Jul 08, 2012 Random law world thoughts through July 8, 2012

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries.

On my Twitterpage,, and elsewhere, I sometimes jot out news items, legal ideas, and personal ideas of interest. Every week or so I am assembling some of those recent random thoughts.


Which judges do shots and beers at dive bars?

How can a judge handling blue-collar matters stay in rarefied atmospheres during his or her free time?

Virginia, not alone, often civilly imprisons people who have finished their sex offense prison sentences.

Fourth Circuit affirms death sentence. Abolish capital punishment now.

SCOTUS prohibits statutorily mandated life without parole for crimes committed as a minor.

Congratulations to Roger Clemens on his acquittal. Taking the Fifth before Congress would have saved him much heartache and legal fees.

Fourth Circuit affirms sentencing in child pornography case.

SCOTUS reverses injunction against Arizona’s immigration status check requirement pending state court interpretation.

Md. Ct. Spec. App. reverses firearm conviction because “‘anti-CSI effect’ [jury] instruction was fatally flawed”.

Cop trickery to gain consent: Bumper v. North Carolina, 391 U.S. 543; Titow v. Md., 75 Md.App. 555; Brown v. Md., 378 Md. 355. TY listserv member.

Great New Yorker video on fleeting expletives, without expletives deleted.

D.C. Ct. App. explains summary reversal of heroin possession sentence likely influenced by D’s challenge of chemist.

D.C. Ct. App. reverses PWID while armed, because gun under bed in separate room was not “readily available” to D.

Md. Ct. Spec. App. reverses burglary conv. for refusal of D’s request for instruction on lesser included B&E count.

Md. Ct. Spec. App. affirms murder conviction where trial judge overruled objections to expert gang testimony.

In D.C. criminal defense, check whether the Atty. General or U.S. Attorney is the proper prosecuting authority.

Mindful trial judge Arthur Rothenberg on the illusion of time.

CUNY has a contemplative law class called LAW, Love in Action With Wisdom.

See Doug Chermak’s articles on lawyers and mindfulness.

SCOTUS: Absent legislative updating, Federal government must pay Native Amrican Tribe’s contract support costs under ISDA.

SCOTUS: Federal legislation waives sovereign immunity against private party suits over designating land for Indians.

5-4, SCOTUS reaffirms Citizens United v. FEC, with the 4-justice “liberal wing” dissenting.

4th Circuit: “Citizens United” does not prevent limits on amounts directly contributed to a political campaign.

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