Random thoughts through August 19

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Aug 19, 2012 Random thoughts through August 19

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.


D.C. Cir. provides its indicting reasons for reversing a drug conspiracy conviction for insufficient evidence.

4th Cir. upholds murder conviction despite the trial courts’ barring D’ eyewitness expert and admitting DNA evidence.

4th Cir. upholds Justin Wolfe’s capital habeas retrial win that resulted from serious Brady violations.

4th Cir. allows in murder victim’s statements because of forfeiture through wrongdoing; and allows an anonymous jury.

4th Cir., 2-1, refuses to invalidate conviction for falsely claiming to be a police officer, despite U.S. v. Alvarez.

4th Cir. says Heller does not prevent conviction for felon in possession of firearm in his backyard v. inside.

AG Eric Holder gets 4th Cir decision barring deportation relief to a man who let terrorists use his kitchen v. getting executed had he refused. The federal government’s position against this man highlights the limits on Obama’s benefit for immigrants.

D.C. Ct. App. affirms conviction for PCP possession despite acquittal for PCP distribution.

D.C. Cir. okays federal government’s removal of the W. Virginia Northern Flying Squirrel from endangered species list.

Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan is hostile to free choice for abortions.

In declining to publicly support oppressed Muslims in Burma, is Aung San Suu Kyi emphasizing political expediency?


@DavidNichtern (Aug. 18, 2012): “When we are too attached to our conceptual mind we know the waves but we do not know the ocean. “@RamDass: “All methods are traps.”

Flannery O’Connor Reads A Good Man is Hard to Find in a 1959 audio.

Flannery O’Connor writes back in shock over class’s misinterpretation of her A Good Man Is Hard To Find.

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