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Random thoughts through July 29, 2012

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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 Circuit affirms a 15-year statutory mandatory sentence, despite the plea agreement’s stating a ten-year max. Ouch.

Va. Ct. App. upholds warrantless protective house sweep arising from following footprints in the snow.

4th Cir. 2-1 finds ineffective assistance of counsel for advising no adverse immigration results from guilty plea.

4th Cir. affirms gang-related conviction and addresses confrontation and forensic evidence.


John Osborn: “Bleak House. Narratives in Literature and Law School.” Thanks to the listserv member who posted this link.

The GOP’s Tampa convention will spell huge revenues for local stripclubs, much more than from Democratic conventions.

Check out the Liberation Prison Project, assisting interested inmates with Buddhist training and practice.

Jun Yasuda — my friend, blockbuster teacher and mentor — leads a peacewalk to eliminate nuclear power. She is intrepid even when the vast majority of walkers face long delays passing into Canada from the United States.

A great list of sanghas worldwide.

“Artificial jellyfish made from rat cells.” Chilling.