Random thoughts of the week, June 3-10, 2012

Jun 10, 2012 Random thoughts of the week, June 3-10, 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.


Va. Sup. Ct. reverses computer harassment conviction that applied a dictionary definition of obscenity.

Ca. Ct. App. reverses trial court’s denial of motion to strike bank defamation suit. YES!

D.C. Ct. App. reverses threat to damage property conviction, centered on D’s singing a modified Lil Wayne song.

Md. Ct. Spec. Appeals reverses conviction for violation of Interstate Agreement on Detainers.

D.C. Ct. App.: No merger for convictions of carrying unlicensed pistol, felon w/firearm, and unregistered firearm.

Md. COSA affirms PWID MJ conviction, and addresses distinction between independent source and inevitable discovery.

Two years in prison for driving while texting fatality.

In Maryland, starting October 2012, criminal parties may designate in writing pretrial issues appealable in guilty plea cases.

D.C. Cir. reverses dismissal for failure to prosecute pro se claim of payment failure by Saudi royal family members.

Canadian website and individual owner risk prosecution for posting of gruesome vid.  w/o benefit of U.S. v. Stevens.

SCOTUS grants secret service agent immunity over arrest that later was dismissed for allegedly harassing Cheney.

Video on mindfulness and trial advocacy.

Here is a link to the Maryland Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office.

It seems that Virginia Juvenile & Dom  Rel  courts are handing out this pamphlet at the direction of Va’s Sup. Ct.

Tony Serra YouTube videos.


Va. Ct. App. upholds driver’s license checkpoint that led to defendant’s conviction. Every car was stopped. 1984!

Va. Ct. App. won’t disturb trial court’s refusal to strike juror allegedly nervous over living near the crime scene.

Va. Supreme Court affirms conviction for threats to do bodily harm.


@ethannadelmann: Bloomberg Backs Plan to Limit Arrests for Marijuana

Pentagon/Vietnam papers from U.S. National Archives.

July 19 in D.C.: Rebuilding a Life After Torture.

@CMind_ACMHE: Why Our Children Should Be Taught to Meditate in School  via @HuffPostEdu

@ParabolaMAG: “We read to know that we are not alone.” “C.S. Lewis

@Mindfulness_Day: “Meditation is simply about being yourself and knowing about who that is.”–Jon Kabat-Zinn

PBS’s Tank Man full video.

How creativity works.

Daniel Goleman’s book on emotional intelligence.

Daniel Goleman on emotional intelligence and youngsters.  See here, too.

Daniel Goleman on his book “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships”

Check out Mirabai Bush.  Also see here.

@WordWhispers: The worst thing about being lied to is simply knowing you weren’t worth the truth. RT @MaheshNBhatt

@DalaiLama: HHDL talks about realistic compassion in a clip from his talk given at the University of Hawaii on April 15, 2012.

Beopjong Sunim: “The Way of Tea

Matthieu Ricard on habits of happiness.

Matthieu Ricard at Google .

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