Random thoughts through June 29, 2014 – Part I

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Jun 29, 2014 Random thoughts through June 29, 2014 – Part I

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries, including the following post that collects my random thoughts on the law, government, and beyond from my Twitter postings at and elsewhere.


Virginia Supreme Court reverses conviction, because the trial court refused to instruct jury on uncorroborated accomplice testimony. King v. Virginia, ___ Va. ___  (June 27, 2014).

The U.S. Supreme Court “confirms that “jeopardy attaches when the jury is empaneled and sworn.” Martinez v. Illinois, ___ U.S. ___ (May 27, 2014).

Va. Supreme Court reverses conviction for sexual battery, because trial court excluded defendant’s character evidence. Gardner v. Virginia, __ Va. __ (June 5, 2014).

SCOTUS, 5-4, upholds broad sovereign immunity for Indian tribes against lawsuits. Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, ___ U.S. (May 27,2014).

Fourth Cir. says search is invalid where suspect squeals after cop claims non-existent probable cause to search.

First Circuit confirms robust First Amendment right to film police activities carried out in public.

Fourth Cir. declines to apply a parent-child privilege.

Virginia provides information online about accuracy claims and data about its breathalyzer machines.

Short interview of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on presenting oral argument to the court.

Buffalo Law Review commentary on a conversation with the Dalai Lama. Thanks to my colleague for the link.

Not only Hannibal Lecter can escape handcuffs.


Cops scanning license plates for behavior patterns is made all the worse by pressures for keeping the data svc. free.

On press freedom for bloggers.

Ecstasy was invented by Merck. Advocates want marijuana and MDMA available to treat PTSD.

Reagan’s Attorney General Ed Meese in 1985: “You don`t have many suspects who are innocent of a crime.”

Nixon’s aspirations for IRS head Walters were that Walters “will go after our enemies and not go after our friends…” Walters declined. He also showed the list to then Treasury secretary George Shultz.

Marijuana retail stores will open next month in Washington State.

To be torn down is the garage where Deep Throat/Mark Felt of the FBI met w/ Woodward & Bernstein, in Arlington, Va.

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