Are we supposed to believe that the Justices who have signed on to the draft opinion shouting that Roe was “always” “egregiously wrong” – since it was decided in 1973 (almost fifty years ago) – were truth-telling during their confirmations when they praised Roe as “important” precedent that they’d never really thought about? If so, […]
Thomas Jefferson had no idea about the internet. Thanks, Zuckerberg.
As a lifelong and committed nerd with five decades under my belt, I don’t know how I avoided staying on Library Way all this time. The sidewalks speak to you with messages left on pages of your favorite books. In one direction, the New York Public library is filled with American treasures. In the other, […]
And sometimes the critical need to focus on persuasion can understandably affect a trial lawyer’s focus on sometimes mundane legal issues. Behind every good trial strategy lies a series of arguments, objections and rulings that could – theoretically – set a case up for appeal regardless of the verdict. I know this better than most, […]
You can’t be afraid and do your job. Meryl Streep Bobby Bonilla used to smile every time he walked into the batter’s box. We do it like that.
Like Punxatawney Phil, there comes a time to stick one’s head out to figure out when it’s time to come above ground. This is that week for me. Time to get the road cases out of the closet and get back down the road. “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had […]
I watched the American Bar Association’s recommendation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. It all made sense. She’s highly qualified. We can all celebrate that she served as a public defender, tried civil rights cases, and served as a trial judge before being elevated. These are qualities that are historically underrepresented […]
Maybe the worst example of special protections purchased by wealth and power is the National Rifle Association’s death grip on the national legislature over the last few decades: blocking any meaningful regulation of sales and passing federal legislation granting certain immunities from civil suit. Perhaps the timing is a coincidence, but as the NRA’s power, […]
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln Here is a link to my first post ever on this page, nearly six years ago, with some thoughts on Lincoln’s legacy. Splitting Hairs and Rails
The American justice system’s bedrock is accountability, enforced by citizen juries guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution. Every day, individuals in American courtrooms are held responsible (or not) for their actions – in criminal and civil courts. The day any one person – or group of people – are considered immune from this […]