A. Suppose there's a standard recipe for people who want to make coffee: harvest and prepare (or simply buy) some coffee beans, grind them up, boil them for a few minutes, and serve. B. Suppose a company — let's call it Feurig — declares a patterned approach toward following this recipe: Provide penetrable cups of a certain […]
In the roughly six years I worked as a federal prosecutor, I never had a grand jury refuse my request to indict. Moreover, in that entire time — in which the feds sought between 5 and 10 thousand indictments in Los Angeles — I know of only one occasion on which a grand jury no-billed […]
You know, for too long I've been content to follow my conscience within the frame of reference created by the requirements of my legal profession and the rules set by my employers, both public and private. I've always assumed that if my ethical obligations to a client or my fiduciary obligations to my employer conflict […]
So I just got excused for cause.
Jury duty day two. Friday my group was instructed to report this morning to a courtroom on the high-security floor, leading me to speculate it would be a gang case. The judge in question is known to me. He is renowned for carrying a gun on the bench and occasionally noting its presence. I know […]
Two stories about government employees having illicit sex:
One of the first times that I got hissed in law school was in Torts class. Moran was the case — Moran v. Faberge, Inc., that is. Moran involved a moron who, in order to make a room smell nice, poured a perfume manufactured by the defendant over an open flame. As perfumes are alcohol […]
By the numbers: 25: The length, in years, of the sentence imposed on Steve Warshak, founder of Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals, for fraud in connection with selling "male sexual enhancement products." That's federal time, boys and girls, so he's doing 85% of it. 100: The number of dollars, in millions, scammed by Warshak and his company […]
In my not-so-humble opinion as a former federal prosecutor and current defense attorney, there hasn't been much to like about the Department of Justice's policies during this administration. But today there is some good news — DoJ has announced a change to some controversial and inappropriate practices related to prosecuting corporate misconduct.
So, how did we get to the point where a two-term senator who ran for the 2008 Democratic nomination (as an extreme long shot, but credibly enough to get a spot in the primary debates in 2007) can stand up at a public meeting and urge people to search out and harass the children of […]