Monthly Archives: August 2010

Do Defendants With Money Get Better Results?

Mark Bennett posts today on his Defending People blog about an academic paper published in the Journal of Criminal Justice that purports to show that criminal defendants represented by public defenders generally receive the same justice as those who hire … Continue reading

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Eye for an Eye, Spine for a Spine

A man in Saudi Arabia attacked another guy with a meat cleaver. As a result, the victim is paralyzed for life. This morning, the press reports that the sentencing judge is asking Saudi hospitals whether they can perform an operation … Continue reading

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My Private Letter to Mel Gibson

Dear Mel: I’ve listened to some of those recordings between you and Oksana. I want to give you some free legal advice. Your finances must be tight now that your earning potential looks so bleak, and I feel for you. … Continue reading

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GPS Monitoring, Privacy, and Intellectual Dishonesty

Imagine that police officers want to conduct an investigation of a suspected drug dealer. They go to his home at night, attach a magnetic GPS device to the underside of his vehicle, and then track his movements from the relative … Continue reading

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My Ideal Juror

              My ideal juror, above, is Diane Slater. She wins this award for her thoughtful response to the allegations made against her son, JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater: “I think he just had a … Continue reading

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Judges Say the Darndest Things…

The OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley alerts his readers this week to an unpublished appellate court opinion chiding a local family court judge for making the following “inappropriate” statements to a white man appearing before her during a domestic violence … Continue reading

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