• 45 Posts for 2013 • More recent •
I should be bleeding red, white and blue over reports that the Internal Revenue Service has singled out some Tea Party groups for extra-special scrutiny as tax exempt organizations. Instead, I can't help but giggle. If ever there were two groups who deserve one another it is the tax department and...
Here's some free legal advice that might just keep you out of jail: If federal officials pay you a surprise visit and want to talk to you, don't do it. If you just can't say no, then demand that they permit you to tape record your conversation with them. If they won't let you record the...
I originally posted this in 2010. Over the weekend, I was approached and asked for permission to republish this by a third party. I am reposting today to remind folks that you do not have to talk to the police. Indeed, it's never a good idea to do so without the assistance of a...
Tamerlan Tsarnaev is dead. He can't hurt anyone again. So what's the big deal about whether he is buried in Hamden, or in Russia, or on the dark side of the Moon?
In medieval times, courts pursued claims not just against persons who committed harm, but also against the material...
Is Amanda Knox guilty of murder? One Italian jury said yes. Then a second jury said no. Now the case is being sent back for another trial. Ms. Knox isn't waiting any longer to tell what she knows about the matter. Her new memoir, Waiting to be Heard, is her account of what she knows about the...
If you are confused by the recent actions of Bethany's Planning and Zoning Commission, here's an attempt to decode them. The commission's vote last week to deny the Green Haven application for a change in zoning regulations to permit what amounts to condominium development in Bethany was rejected...
I wasn't surprised to learn that United States Attorney David Fein tendered his resignation and will soon step down from his latest incarnation as United States Attorney. Word on the street has always been that he would be a one-term occupant of that office. His eyes were said to be on a far...
Perhaps the most telling moment in Ken Burns' new documentary on the Central Park Five case is when a juror explains why he voted guilty.
The kids confessed to the brutal rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989. Why, he wondered, would innocent kids confess to something they did not...
Update: The Bethany Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to reject Green Haven's proposed zone change last night, with Patricia Winer abstaining. Ms. Winer observed she was unhappy with public comments directed toward her. My, my, Ms. Winer. The kitchen wasn't that hot, was it?
Trial is an imperfect vehicle for finding the truth. We all know that. Juries and judges make mistakes. We permit clients to seek a new trial when a judge commits legal error. Why don't we permit defendants to ask for a new trial when they believe juries make factual mistakes?
In the United...