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Random thoughts of the week, through May 13

May 13, 2012 Random thoughts of the week, through May 13

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

On my Twitterpage, https://twitter.com/jonkatz5, 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.

4th Cir. reverses grant of summary judgment against Muslim inmate denied right to grow 1/8″ beard. http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/116560.P.pdf

Here is the online detainee locator of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do

 

D.C. Cir. in Watson affirms non-Mirandized post-detention answer to “What’s in your sock?” question. http://www.dccourts.gov/internet/documents/09CM447_mtd.pdf Keep silent.

4th Cir. reverses gun conviction. With cops blocking D’s car’s exit and more, he would not have felt free to leave. http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/114268.P.pdf

The breathalyzer culture in DWI prosecutions is broken and needs to be abolished. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/settlements-in-lawsuit-over-flawed-alcohol-breath-tests-in-dc-dc-to-pay-20000-to-4-drivers/2012/05/07/gIQAKpTH8T_story.html. Blood is much more accurate.

Each drug felony conviction risks substantially more damage for any further drug felony convictions. . http://pacer.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinion.pdf/104895.P.pdf

Dronabinol is the generic version of Marinol.

CT governor expects to sign medical marijuana bill. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/us/connecticut-passes-marijuana-bill.html

The DC area Contemplative Law group meets the last Tuesday of each month. http://imcw.org/community/sittinggroups.aspx

From Arlington County, Virginia. The quota push on police. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/arlington-police-chief-concedes-memos-seemed-to-suggest-quota-system/2012/04/09/gIQA0Jvy6S_story.html

Ways to cope with panic. http://blogs.psychcentral.com/panic/2012/05/10-rules-for-coping-with-panic-rule-3-part-2/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Praised be the September 11 criminal defense lawyers who publicly slam the fairness of military tribunals. http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/05/06/2786694/911-defense-attorneys-denounce.html

When kindness and mindfulness reduce school suspensions. http://acestoohigh.com/2012/04/23/lincoln-high-school-in-walla-walla-wa-tries-new-approach-to-school-discipline-expulsions-drop-85

Sara Davidson’s insightful coverage of Ram Dass. http://www.tufts.edu/alumni/magazine/fall2006/features/ultimate-trip.html

The White House issued a fake presidential schedule when he was actually flying to Afghanistan. When to believe POTUS? http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/02/politics/obama-media-afghanistan/index.html

The AP embargoes story on foiled alleged underwear bomb plot. Obama’s administration seeks a further embargo. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-naw-al-qaeda-jet-bomb-20120508,0,7392962.story

Magician Harlan Tarbell directed “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5nyE7nq17A

RT @ZMSeungSahn: Human life has no meaning, no reason and no choice, but we have our practice to help us understand our true self… http://fb.me/1kJsRiAP8

Another of the overarching reasons why life is worth living. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftiIPJky_Vs

An article by Anh-Huong. The Power of Forgiveness. http://www.thepowerofforgiveness.com/pdf/Forgiveness_in_Buddhism.pdf. With her husband Thu Nguyen, Anh-Huong is a principal teacher at the Mindfulness Practice Center of Fairfax, Virginia. http://www.mpcf.org

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