Rethinking the Fourth Amendment

I recall the Watergate hearings in 1973. It was hard to ignore them. They were chaired by Senator Sam Ervin of North Carolina. From time to time, he reached into his jacket pocket to take out a well-worn copy of the United States Constitution. He was a strict constructionist. He thought all the answers – at least all the answers that mattered – about the structure and function of the government were right there at his fingertips.
It took a law-school education and a couple of decades of being knocked around in a courtroom for me to learn just how...
September 24, 2020

Connecticut's First Trial Of The Pandemic Era

Well, count me among the shocked.
This week, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut did what I thought would be impossible. It found jurors ready, willing and able to sit on a jury trial. Evidence began this morning, in the case of Amica v. Coan, Trustee, in the courtroom of District Judge Victor Bolden. I saw some of the proceedings with my own eyes, on Zoom.
I believe it is the first jury trial to take place in Connecticut since mid-March, when the Covid-19 pandemic roared into our lives.
This trial...
September 22, 2020

Connecticut Hoping To Resume Jury Trials

I was startled during my annual physical this week when I asked my family physician how much longer he expected the pandemic to require restricted activity. “At least a year,” he said. When I asked him what he thought of my traveling by air in the near term, his answer was even more succinct: “Don’t.”
When I told my doctor that the federal courts in Bridgeport planned to hold a jury trial next week, and that the state courts were planning to do likewise in November, he shook his head slowly, and appeared to mutter to himself.
September 18, 2020

Social Media, Russia and Our Present Discontent

I’m not sure why Twitter suspended the account of Black Lives Matter leader Sasha Johnson. Her tweet that she wasn’t calling for equality with white people, but, rather, for the enslavement of white folks, was controversial to be sure. But how certain are we she actually wrote it? And if she did, candidly, I’m grateful for the warning about her hopes and dreams.
My hunch is that the tweet was actually authored on Komsomolsky Prospekt in Moscow, by trolls in the Unit 26165 of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), a lineal descendant of...
September 15, 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...

The Unabomber as Prophet?

August 28, 2020
I remain hopeful that come Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the republic will still exist, and that the winner of this year’s...

Turow's "Last Trial" A Masterpiece

August 10, 2020
I’ve a confession to make: I’ve not stepped into a courtroom since sometime in early March of this year, and I haven’t...

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...

Kenosha and Our Legitimation Crisis

August 27, 2020
If you want to know what a legitimation crisis is, look no further than the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin. At night, you will see...

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Taking Back the Courts
Norm Pattis Taking Back the Courts

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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Plenty of lawyers write about the law, but few who write try cases. Judge for yourself whether I talk the talk and walk the walk in this collection of occasional essays about life in the law's trenches.

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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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