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Monday Evening Meltdown

I wish the snow would melt, but doesn’t look like it’s going to happen for another two days or so. That means Gideon is lethargic and when Gideon is lethargic, Gideon makes lists.

Here, enjoy these fine posts from around the blogosphere:

Monday Morning Jumpstart: When’s the next long weekend edition

First real winter storm of 2008
Creative Commons License photo credit: Tero Heino

I’m not asking about the next long weekend because I want an extra day off or anything, but simply because this long weekend produced a lot of posts and stories worth reading. Here are some of them:

  • The most disturbing is this story out of Florida, where the new elected public defender fired 10 of the most experienced lawyers. Bobby G and Hit and Run tell you why it’s a problem.
  • A fired public defender’s lawsuit against the State reaches the CA Supreme Court.
  • The LA Times has this first of three stories on a lawyer who has been married for 25 years to one of the most dangerous men in CA’s prisons.
  • This blog is giving out free legal advice (“free consultations”).

Monday Morning Jumpstart

Just a few things you should read this morning:

  • In light of my recent post about the plight of pd systems, Scott writes a stirring tribute to the public defender and hidden in that is a call to arms for every other lawyer. More on that, and my own thoughts, later.
  • The Courant reports on this new ACLU study which finds that – surprise! – minority kids are arrested more than white kids. Definitely some more on this later.
  • On the DNA front: 6 exonerations in NE and unreported DNA in a Baltimore case casts doubt on conviction
  • The Lori Drew trial has taken some odd turns: yes suicide, no suicide, yes!

That’s it. Now get to work!

Monday Morning Jumpstart: Veteran’s Day edition

A day early, but never too much so to salute the veterans who have served this country over the years. This one’s for you:

  • Speaking of serving your country, public defenders in seven states are refusing cases due to high caseloads and low funds.
  • Why the path of least resistance in police encounters isn’t always the best approach.
  • Michael Dorf has some interesting suggestions for post Proposition 8 strategy.
  • SCOTUSblog has this preview of today’s argument in Melendez-Diaz, a Crawford case.
  • Jon Katz argues that the slowing economy demands a tighter criminal justice system.
  • New Haven implements street cameras.
  • The fantastic OLR has this report detailing every single time in the last 30 years that the legislature has responded to a Supreme Court or Appellate Court decision.
  • Who bears responsibility for overburdened dockets? Not judges.

Huh. That was a slow weekend. Anyway, enjoy the day and the day off tomorrow, if you have it.

Monday Morning Jumpstart – Halloween edition

jack o'lantern
Creative Commons License photo credit: freakgirl

It’s Jumpstart time! There have been a bunch of stories over the past week I’ve wanted to write about, but haven’t had the time, so here they are, plus the usual suspects:

And my feed reader has died, so this is all you’ll get. Remember to vote tomorrow and vote NO on question 1 in CT.

Monday Morning Jumpstart: Columbus Day v2.0

Good morning folks. Hope everyone is able to enjoy this long weekend. I’m taking advantage of the day off by posting a Jumpstart, after a several week hiatus. Here are the weekend’s most interesting posts and stories:

  • Two law schools will now disregard the LSAT. Why didn’t this happen when I was applying to law school?
  • A little judicial humor goes a long way.
  • Blonde Justice shows us how jury selection is different everywhere you go.
  • This piece at Co-Op talks about the viability of alternate remedies for prosecutorial misconduct impropriety, eschewing the traditional all or nothing.
  • Bennett reviews the e-book “The Truth About Hiring A Criminal Defense Lawyer” and gives it three whirls of the chainsaw.
  • Anne at Deliberations got her hands on the O.J. questionnaires and gently encourages us to role-play with them.
  • The Dallas Morning News has this fantastic series on questionable police tactics (ID and otherwise) that put innocent men behind bars.
  • The same News then follows up with this piece on the problems with “show-ups”.
  • The Courant has this long and touching piece on the struggle of Beth Kerrigan – named plaintiff in the gay-marriage case.
  • Michigan attempts jury reform. Juries has the details.
  • Here’s a preview of the upcoming week at SCOTUS.
  • The US Sentencing Commission is looking at alternatives to incarceration.
  • Scott doesn’t like jailhouse lawyers asking him to lie.
  • Judge Pirro isn’t very popular.

That’s all for today! Enjoy the day off.

Monday Morning Jumpstart: Post-Emmy edition

So who watched the Emmys? I’m pretty bummed that Jon Hamm didn’t win, but also quite happy for Malcolm’s father.

Anyway, here are the most interesting legal posts of the past week(end):

  • TalkLeft gives us a primer on the harsh South Dakota abortion law that is being proposed to challenge Roe v. Wade.
  • Bennett urges us to join the NACDL – and at the very least to read new President John Wesley Hall‘s inaugural column [pdf] in Champion.
  • Lawyers make the news – and not in a good way.
  • 35% of lawyers would choose their Blackberries over their spouse…I’ve seen you posting to the listserve from your Blackberry…you know who you are.
  • The Palin e-mail hacker may be caught after all.
  • Anne Reed brings us another jury questionnaire, this time from the trial of a serial killer.
  • Dissenting judge tells plaintiff in civil rights suit to take police cruiser video to youtube – and he does.
  • Scott vocalizes a feeling we’ve all felt: wishing we could help them all.
  • Volokh asks whether non-unanimous jury verdicts in criminal cases are Constitutionally permissible.
  • Injustice Anywhere is back and blogging again. I missed her posts.
  • CapDefenseWeekly’s email edition for this week is here.
  • The Underblawg reminds us that there’s always more to our clients in a powerful sentencing argument.
  • The NYT tackles the one election issue that has meaning to us lawyers: what will the Court look like for the next generation?
  • Jon Katz gives us an update on defending the first federal trial for online copyright infringement that primarily involves music.

That’s all! Enjoy your day! Stay tuned for more posts later and, of course, liveblogging tonight’s episode of Raising The Bar.