I Love Gleen Greenwald, But ...

I want to know more about Glenn Greenwald. I’ve been reading his columns for awhile online. He writes for Salon, and his left-of-center take on the pathologies of power in the United States seems dead right to me. He is the kind of guy I can imagine on my side in a fight.
But then I...

Is Was A Death-Dealing Kind Of Day (Updated)

UPDATE: Death it is for Joshua Komisarjevsky. The jury completed its work and reported its verdict at about 3:15 p.m. today. Let the world marvel at how we will kill the killer for killing and call it just.
Today will be the day, I say. The jurors will check their notes, and, perhaps, head...

What's The Secret Recipe For Federal Judges?

Given the great length of time it took for the United States Senate to schedule the unanimous vote approving Christopher Droney for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, it is unlikely any nominee proposed to fill Droney’s now vacant seat on the District Court...

Flawed Judicial Screening Ignores Diamond

As is often the case, I learned that something I wrote on these pages the other day failed to capture the entire truth. I questioned why criminal defense lawyers weren’t invited to apply for the vacancy for a federal trial judge in Connecticut. It turns out at least...

What To Do If D-SNAP Cops Knock On Your Door

Before he left for Los Angeles and a Christmas party at the Ritz-Carlton, Gov. Dannel Malloy dropped a bomb: State workers applied for, and received, disaster benefits to which they were not otherwise entitled in the wake of Hurricane Irene. He was spitting fire and brimstone at a Sunday afternoon...

Criminal Defense Lawyers Need Not Apply

I will never forget a late afternoon chat I once had with now-Justice Sonya Sotomayor when she was sitting on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Had I considered becoming a federal judge? I ought to, she said. The Obama administration was looking for criminal defense and...

Playing At Death In New Haven

And so we come, finally, to what appears to be, and what everyone certainly hopes will be, the final chapter of the trials in what will forever be known as the Cheshire home invasion case. Closing arguments are upon us in the case of Joshua Komisarjevsky, Steven Hayes already having been dispatched...

Occupy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving came not a day too soon this time around. It has been a grim, unforgiving sort of year. Receipts in my firm are low. I’ve laid people off. One good man now stands to lose his home; another can’t find work and suffered a blow to his health. Clients call, all in need; few...

Legal Education, Writing: The Sorry State Of The World

The Sunday New York Times nailed what’s wrong with legal education in this country: The legal academy educates lawyers by long exposure to professors who don’t practice law. The chattering class teaches theory, not practice. Mere practitioners are scorned. We have nothing to teach. We...

Do You Have Your First Amendment License?

Just where do I apply for my First Amendment license? It turns out you need one in Connecticut if you want to get a complete view of the evidence in the Joshua Komisarjevsky case.
Connecticut prosecutors hope to persuade a jury of twelve that Komisarjevsky should be put to death for his...

About Norm Pattis

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 100 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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I believe that the state is a necessary fiction and that failing to combat it is the first step toward tyranny.
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