"Anti-Racism," Privilege and the Grand Shakedown

If I understand the evolving racial rhetoric of our times, it goes something like this: You are either a racist or an anti-racist. There is no position of neutrality. Using this device permits adherents to dispense with nuance and divide the world in good and evil at the snap of a finger.
As a white man, I am told, I enjoy a privileged position in society, the beneficiary of systemic racism. This structural advantage colors, no pun intended, everything I do. If I fail to acknowledge my privilege, I am being willfully blind and therefore am “complicit” in...
July 7, 2020

Happy Independence Day, I Hope.

I’m thinking we’re on the cusp of what I will call our “Concord Moment.” That’s when a shot fired in anger will be heard coast to coast, if not around the world, as were the shots fired in Concord, Massachusetts in 1775. The 1775 shots galvanized the seething frustration in the colonies, and drew a line that led to independence from Great Britain. Our shots may mark a similar divide.
I don’t know whether the shot will come from a homeowner defending his or her property, a motorist harassed while going about their daily rounds, or a...
July 3, 2020

Is Hawk Newsome Guilty Of Treason?

"If this country doesn't give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it. All right? And I could be speaking ... figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It's a matter of interpretation.”
That’s Hawk Newsome talking on Fox News the other night. He is described as a president of the Greater New York Black Lives Matter. He glared into the camera in a black – of course – t-shirt, sporting a white cap emblazoned with the words Soul Not For Sale. He draws a too-cute and legally unnecessary distinction between the literal...
June 27, 2020

Time To Amend Constitution To Ban Race-Based Transfer Payments

We finally learned what all the fuss has been about for the past month. It’s not about police reform. It’s not about systemic racism. It’s about race-based transfer payments, or reparations. At least it is according to the ideologues calling the shots at The New York Times.
What are reparations?
How about a cash payment of $350 thousand dollar to every African-American. That’s a good start, according to Robert Johnson, founder of the Black Entertainment Network. This money is necessary to help promote equality between white and...
June 25, 2020

Hey, Twitter! F@ck You!

May 28, 2020
Oh, to be a digital overlord, a master of the social media universe, occupying an office at Twitter, or Facebook, or Google. The money...

AI and the Criminal Law: Hallevy's Treatise A Flawed Instrument

May 29, 2020
Machine learning transforms computers from tools performing rote operations to devices sharing attributes we associate with human...

A Speedy and Public Trial Necessary in Minnesota

June 5, 2020
It will take work to assure that Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Keung and Thomas Lane receive fair trials. The four Minneapolis police...

Atkinson v. Facebook: Here's the writ

November 13, 2019

Looking for Answers in all The Wrong Places: Lawrence Wright's The End of October

May 18, 2020
Just in case you’ve not had enough of all things pandemic-related, I recommend Lawrence Wright’s, “The End of...

Farewell Columbus, New Haven Rushes to Remove Monument

June 23, 2020
I had planned to have this read for me on Saturday at the rally to preserve the Columbus statue on Wooster Square in New Haven. But it turns out New...

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The Wizard of Oz was one of my favorites movies as a kid. Little did I know judges were so much like the wizard, hiding behind empty trappings of power. This book tells you things you need to know about what really goes on in court. Read it, weep, and then demand that the courts do better.

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How prepared are you to take seriously the notion that 'we the people' are, in fact, sovereign? Discover the secret, and unused, power of jurors. 'Ask why; then nullify.'

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Norm Pattis is a Connecticut based trial lawyer focused on high stakes criminal cases and civil right violations. He is a veteran of more than 150 jury trials, many resulting in acquittals for people charged with serious crimes, multi-million dollar civil rights and discrimination verdicts, and scores of cases favorably settled.

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