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Covid-19 and Speedy Trials: Judge Carney Nails It

Wow. Just wow. A shot, or make that a judicial ruling, was just fired that should be heard in every courtroom and courthouse in the nation. United States District Judge Cormac Carney did the right, but unthinkable – he dismissed a prosecution brought by the United States Government...

Covid-19 and Speedy Trials; Judge Carney Nails It

Wow. Just wow. A shot, or make that a judicial ruling, was just fired that should be heard in every courtroom and courthouse in the nation. United States District Judge Cormac Carney did the right, but unthinkable – he dismissed a prosecution brought by the United States Government...

Some Podcasts You Might Want To Consider

I can’t say I’ve found much to like about this pandemic. Today marks the seventh month that I’ve worked from home, hardly venturing out at all. I still have in my wallet the same $413 I had when I stepped off an airplane on March 13 and drove home to quarantine.
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Gov. Whitmer and the Appeal to Heaven

What if the would-be assassins plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer were neither left nor right? What if the plotters were little more than canaries in the mine shaft, bearers of a warning of what is to come if we don't pull ourselves together?
News that 13...

Covidtopia, the Courts and Pro Se Litigants

Here’s a wrinkle I didn’t foresee in Covidtopia, our brave new world bounded by the pandemic.
A colleague of mine appeared in court in central Connecticut this morning. This in and of itself is remarkable. There are no jury trials taking place, and there...

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...

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....

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...

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...

The Unabomber as Prophet?

I remain hopeful that come Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the republic will still exist, and that the winner of this year’s presidential election will be declared. I even harbor the hope, and the belief, that should President Trump lose, there will be a peaceful transition.
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