If It's Good Enough For the Fox ...

I saw another of the law’s dismal and predictable set pieces last week. As always, a trial court blessed the mess and called it justice. When will the courts begin to hold police officers to the same standards to which other witnesses are held? A client was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to sell. Officers handcuffed him, took him to a police station, and then started questioning him. At the end of several hours, the client signed his life away, writing a confession that led the officers to get a search warrant for another location where drugs and cash...
January 21, 2011

Cattle Chutes And Martln Luther King

I was born mid-way through the baby boom, that great torrent of folks tumbling from the womb between the end of the Second World War and the mid-1960s. I was too young to be drafted to serve in Vietnam, but old enough to be terrified by the prospect. Riots erupted in my hometown of Detroit, and elsewere throughout the nation. It was hard to distinguish between the storm and stress of adolescence and the forces that seemed to tear at the country. But what I remember best about the era were the assassinations. They seemed to teach an important lesson: Charisma kills.
Martin Luther King,...
January 17, 2011

Civility? In Your Dreams

Let me see if I get this straight: Jared Loughner is an unhinged loner, a madman who, inspired by voices only he could hear, erupted in a destructive rampage, killing a child, a federal judge and attempting to kill a Congresswoman. Hence, we need to be more civil in our political discourse. Let’s work together to feel better about the world. I am not quite sure who is nuttier: Jared Loughner, or the politicians spewing this nonsense. If Loughner was so insane, civility doesn’t matter. We could have sung Kumbaya in unison every night at nine; the voices in Jared’s head...
January 16, 2011

Memo To Texas Bar: Back Off

I hate the Texas Bar Association. You should too. So should everyone who cares about whether people accused of a crime can find a lawyer to represent them.
I hate the Texas Bar Association because it is setting its sights on criminal defense lawyers: The unstated goal? Driving them into extinction. What’s more, the Lone Star state isn’t alone. Not long ago, the District of Columbia also cast an evil eye in the direction of criminal defense lawyers. Unless this madness stops, there will be far fewer folks willing and able to practice criminal defense.
The issue is fees,...
January 16, 2011

King Of Death Row Toppled

January 15, 2011
The end came swiftly: Yesterday, Waterbury State's Attorney John Connelly resigned, ending a 30-year career as one of Connecticut's most colorful and...

Prosecuting An Act Of Kindness

January 13, 2011
It seems paradoxical to suggest that we need to fight for the right to die. We owe nature a death. Most of us spend the better part of our lives...

Nicotine and Jared Loughner

January 11, 2011
The rhetoricat bobbing and weaving responding to the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge and more than a dozen others, has...

Civility and the Vanishing Constitution

January 10, 2011
Congress opened its most recent session by engaging in a symbolic reading of the United Constitution. A few days later, one of its members, Gabrielle...

Rhetoric, Reality and the Shooting of Gabby Giffords

January 9, 2011
Who is to blame for the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords? Press accounts make it clear a lone gunman pulled the trigger, wounding...

Jared Loughner's Rage

January 8, 2011
The next set of gun sights focused on Tuscon won't be posted by Sarah Palin's interest group. No, the next party to set its sights on Tuscon will be...

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