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Monday Morning Jumpstart


What’s this, you ask? A regular feature that had been relegated to dusty shelves makes a re-appearance? Why yes, I say. It is the Jumpstart. Don’t get too excited, though. It may or may recur.

So, onto this weekend’s top stories and posts:

  • WI Court finds that man has expectation of privacy in nursing home sex with comatose wife (TChris of Talkleft represented defendant).
  • Troy Davis’ clemency petition has been rejected.
  • Reputed NYC defense lawyer indicted in plot to “eliminate” witnesses.
  • Bennett has thankfully weathered Hurricane Ike. You can read his daily updates with pictures on his blog.
  • 11th Circuit holds that it is not unreasonable to taze a motorist three times for refusing to sign a speeding ticket.
  • Study finds that juvenile programs should be a place of last resort.
  • Should judges receive the benefit of loan repayment?
  • SanFran will vote soon on decriminalizing prostitution.
  • VA’s anti-spam law struck down as unconstitutionally overbroad (No, not spam in a can)
  • From our neighbors up North, a fascinating new standard for admission of juveniles’ statements.
  • The Underdog Jon Katz has this very insightful (and helpful) tip on how to get a judge to revisit a bonehead ruling.

Unfortunately, that is all for today. Enjoy the weather!

Monday Morning Jumpstart: It’s Aliiiive!

aaargh! It lives!!!

Yes folks, believe it or not, the Jumpstart is alive! After spending three weeks in the infirmary, the Jumpstart has made it through. There were times when it seemed like there was no hope and the plug needed to be pulled, but every time that happened, poor old Jumpstart’s heart would beat a little faster, like an episode of House.

So, it’s here and raring to go. Leaner, meaner, greener and fighting machine-ier.

Start off your morning with these interesting posts and stories:

  • The Texas Tornado has a fantastic post on the naivete of some prosecutorial veiwpoints.
  • Could anti-drunk driving TV campaigns be a way to tamper with potential jurors?
  • Scott tells us that the U.S. may have screwed up its response to the Lori Drew motion to dismiss.
  • Missouri has an “old-timers” unit in prison. Others will probably have to follow suit as populations age and prison sentences remain astronomically high.
  • In Virginia, they’re testing DNA on old convictions, but aren’t sharing the results.
  • Loan forgiveness finally signed by the Prez. H/T Skelly
  • The Underdog asks my favorite question du jour: How can a proper Terry patdown find crack cocaine?
  • In the day’s “duh” category: prosecuting juveniles as adults increases chances of recidivism.
  • Heller goes to school: Texas will now permit teachers to carry guns to school. Yay.
  • It seems Gerry Spence reads my blog. He writes about the “secret of winning” (again) and focuses on preparation. But he also disses public defenders. So that’s not good.
  • EvidenceProf brings us an interesting 7th Cir. decision on the testimony of a psychologist to prove lack of impulse to negate “attempt”.
  • Probably the worst place you can get into a fight: a prison transfer van.
  • Of course, Hartford’s curfew is still making news (although zero new violence in the city since last week!)
  • Someone sees the light and dismisses a “mandatory reporter” prosecution.
  • Not that there was any real doubt, but: DNA helps confirm that the recent Bigfoot capture is a fake.

That’s it. Come back tonight for more. Have a good day!

Weekend recap

It’s been an unusually “verbose” weekend for me here on the blog, so for those of you logging in for the first time since Monday, here’s a list of the posts this weekend (in reverse chronological order):

Jumpstart to follow 🙂

Monday Evening Winddown: Fourth of July edition


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As promised, this Fourth of July’s most interesting posts and stories:

  • Prior to the Fourth of July, a fireworks manufacturer in CT lost a suit seeking return of over 500K worth of illegal fireworks seized by police.
  • The Fourth of July edition of Blawg Review is up here.
  • Speaking of digests, Capital Defense Weekly’s weekly roundup is here.
  • So Justice Scalia used incorrect information in his controversial Boumediene dissent. I don’t hear calls for him to correct it, a la Kennedy.
  • Blondie refines her answer to the question.
  • Norm has given up blogging…for now?
  • Mark Bennett gives us a Chappelle-esque edition of “Teaching him a lesson gone wrong”.
  • Anne Reed wants you to stop thinking like a lawyer when dealing with juries.
  • EyeID writes about new technology for composite sketches and how this might be a good thing.
  • f/k/a reminds you to Drive 55.
  • How good is anyone at spotting lies, asks the Gritmaster, and how does it affect eyewitness ids?
  • A recap of the non-capital cruel and unusual argument before the GA Supreme Court.
  • SL&P covers prosecutorial discretion in charging death.
  • First Heller went to the airport, now Heller goes to Disneyland.
  • Should a victimless DUI be a crime?
  • The New Haven Advocate tears the editorial board of the New Haven Register a new one over immigrant IDs.
  • These are our clients.
  • One man’s take on what it means to be a pd.
  • UFO stupidity alert.
  • DUI arrest even though BAC is 0.0 (yes, 0.0)

Enjoy the night (and tomorrow)!

Monday Morning Jumpstart: short week edition

Who’da thunk it? Fourth of July is almost around the corner (and fireworks are still illegal) and before you know it, it’ll be snowing again. Dammit.

These stories and posts should take your mind of that chilling eventuality:

  • A whole bunch of new laws go into effect Tuesday – including, ofcourse, the stiffer penalties for home invasions.
  • What effect will California’s same-sex ruling have on the CT Supreme Court (whose decision has been pending over a year, btw)?
  • Georgia’s Supreme Court is poised to review a non-capital sentence for proportionality under the Eight Amendment.
  • SexCrimes has all the post mortem on Kennedy.
  • Scott brings us a juror’s take on a potential sentence incorporating acquitted conduct.
  • Maybe our job is not thankless after all?
  • The Confrontation Blog deconstructs Gilespart one and part two.
  • Answering some questions on the impact of Heller.
  • My post on the CT Supreme Court’s year-in-the-making magnum opus reversing kidnapping precedent is here.

Enjoy the day!

Monday Morning Jumpstart

Hailstorm in Chicago

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Apparently there’s a hail advisory for this part of the State. Which one of you angered the weather Gods? Make it up to them by spending your morning reading some of these stories and posts:

  • Rest in peace, George Carlin.
  • The big news in Kansas is that juveniles now have the right to a jury trial.
  • SL & P brings us news of a bizarre motion filed by prosecutors in a death case, seeking to bar the defense attorneys from crying in court. The comments are a must-read too.
  • A prosecutor admits to throwing a re-trial where there was strong evidence of innocence. More from Talkleft.
  • Man sues church after falling due to receiving the holy spirit. Yeah, it’s exactly what you think it is.
  • The Kelo decision was not that bad.
  • Western Justice ponders the existence of a “crime gene”.
  • Grits reports on how flawed ID and crime lab procedures not only imprison innocent men, but also hamper crime-solving.
  • Anne Reed loves the bumper sticker question.
  • From across the pond: defendants have the right to know the identity of witnesses testifying against them.
  • CDW’s weekly edition is here.
  • AFI’s Top 10 courtroom dramas.
  • Having wrapped up Hartford’s crime problem, mayor Eddie Perez led a demonstration outside the Hartford Courant to protest anonymous commenters on its message boards.

Have a good day!