I've got a new post with some of my favorite advice — now in e-edition! — over at Fault Lines.
Let me tell you a story about taking clients seriously. Years ago I had a young client who got into a summer program at Big Prestigious University, or BPU. The Client didn't go to BPU — he went to a community college, but was accepted by an on-campus summer program at BPU. Client got arrested […]
This week various political figures took some abuse for writing letters seeking leniency in the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who got a 15-month sentence for monetary transactions designed to conceal that he was paying off victims of sexual abuse. I've argued before that if you write a sentencing letter in support of […]
It's hurtful to be left out. That's why I've been miffed at Patrick Zarrelli. Dude's threatened everybody who is anybody amongst mood-disordered middle-aged lawbloggers. Scott Greenfield. Mark Bennett. Brian Tannebaum. Keith Lee. But not me. What the fuck, Patrick Zarrelli? Am I not a man? Am I not a lawblogger? If you annoy me, am […]
Around a quarter-century ago I was slouching through Evidence class when the professor called on me and posed a question about the admissibility of some witness statement. I gave a rule-bound answer: the admissibility was governed by a particular rule and would turn on specific factors and in my view weighed in favor of excluding […]
A light-hearted reminder from our friends in Hollywood that when you talk to the police, you lose control of your destiny. Even if your IQ is five standard deviations above the mean.
I was over 40 the first time something I wrote was published. The first thing I did was send an email to my high-school English teacher, Kathi Condell. Ms. Condell — that's how I continue to think of her, even after she married again and demanded that I call her Kathi — taught several of […]
Judge Lisa Gorcyca, a judge in Oakland County, Michigan, is getting quite a lot of press this week for sending three kids to juvenile detention. Judge Gorcyca doesn't preside in criminal court. She doesn't rule on delinquency petitions in juvenile court. She's a judge in the Family Division. And she sent three kids to juvenile […]
Late yesterday I saw a new email in my inbox. The subject line caught my eye: Son under indictment A new case? One never knows. I opened it. I found not a new client, but an old friend: one Steve Kramer of LegalMatch, a "service" that purports to help match clients to lawyers. I've written […]
I think I've mentioned that I don't acknowledge the legitimacy of the US government for Spooner-like reasons, and I consider most LEOs thugs. …and yet, after watching this, I find that there's a part of me – a very small part – that really just wants to curb-stomp Natural Law protesters. Get off my lawn […]