More links than I throw a bundle of sticks at, so I’m unloading them on you. Have fun, tip your waiters and remember to always say thank you. You’re welcome.
- In one of the most bizarre stories I’ve seen in a while, Yale University has a proposal to team up with the Department of Defense to train U.S. Special Forces in interrogation techniques in conjunction with psychiatry professor Charles Morgan. The volunteers to be interrogated: New Haven’t immigrant community. No, I’m not kidding. More here.
- What’s even weirder about that last story is that it comes around the same time as a deal announced yesterday between the Malloy administration (the DOC, really) and Yale’s Jerome N. Frank clinic – a regular defender of immigrants’ rights – that the DOC will only turn over a limited number of inmates to DOC a year – and only those that are violent.
- SCOTUS has kept us all very busy this week, with opinions [PDF] on drug sniffs [Greenfield, Reason, Balko]; on salvaging [PDF] a shred of dignity for the 4th Amendment; on double jeopardy [PDF] barring retrials where a judge erroneously grants an acquittal; and finally concluding [PDF] that Padilla v. Kentucky doesn’t apply retroactively.
- What SCOTUS didn’t do, is decide to say that yes, in order for a person to be found guilty, all the jurors must agree. They yet again ignored the issue.
- Meanwhile, the State of Georgia continues to get away with the most blatant flouting of SCOTUS’ opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, which held that it is unconstitutional to execute someone who’s mentally retarded. GA has made it the defendant’s burden, beyond a reasonable doubt, to show he’s retarded, a standard no other state employs. They’re trying to kill Warren Hill and almost did last night, until the 11th Circuit intervened. Now, GA is asking SCOTUS to overrule that stay and let them kill a retarded man. I hate Georgia.
- Erica Hashimoto has this interesting new paper titled ‘Reclaiming the Equitable Heritage of Habeas’.
- Here’s another one about plea bargaining and the real world (it’s not as exciting as the title would suggest).
- Orin Kerr has these insightful thoughts on the upcoming argument in the DNA-upon-arrest case Maryland v. King.
- Orin also wants to know what are the weirdest Constitutional arguments ever asserted. This should be fun.
- Pigs are flying in Alabama, where an appeals court has reversed a death sentence for a man, on various grounds.
- A lawyer was jailed by a judge for contempt because he called the judge’s bond ridiculous. That’s ridiculous. How about we start making “a thick skin” a requirement for judicial appointment?
- A Canadian court (yeah, I know, Canada) has ruled that when arrested, a person has the right to use Google to call a lawyer for his “one phone call” and not rely on those outdated things, with the pages and the numbers and the such and like.
because it's been just too damn long
Too many browser tabs, not enough motivation to turn them into posts. My excess, your bounty. Or something:
- What has to be the story of the week and case-in-point in re my tirades against the press and its coverage of the #hayes trial: mother of the victim of a murder sees murderer plead to 30 years in jail, then goes outside courthouse where gaggle of #hayes reporters twiddle their thumbs, bangs on 3 news vans and not one is interested in this woman’s loss. Shame. Shame on us all. To top it off, this happened a month ago and we’re just hearing about it. You tell me the press’ coverage of #hayes wasn’t about race or socio-economic status. Just try.
- If it’s Wednesday, it must be time to get a-round-tuit.
- Does routinely sampling DNA from people who are merely arrested violate the 4th Amendment?
- Prosecutor says listening to call between defendant and his attorney was a “good faith mistake”.
- A CA judge ruled that laws restricting where sex offenders can live are unconstitutional.
- Co-defendants, Bruton, Crawford, hearsay… oh, my! A primer.
- Georgia keeps having to dismiss murder cases because they don’t got no money.
- The Texas Tornado on TSA, public fondling and specific intent. Gamso on why the Government always lies.
- Housing, jobs key to re-entry.
- Apparently, some people think that pro-se defendants shouldn’t have the right to cross-examine the complaining witness [this may actually be worth an entire post. Have at it, blawgers].
And finally, in the “Rivalry That No One Cares About And Also Proves That Ivy Leaguers Are Just Not Funny” category, this immensely stupid video that some Haahvard types made about Yalies. I turned it off at the 00:57 mark with the “Yale student murdered and stuffed in a wall” joke. See if you fare better.
I can has cheezburger?
Or wine with your dine. Or “if the trytophan won’t get you, these links sure will”.
- Sex offenders in CT still have no place to go. It’s Norm Pattis’ turn to rant against this.
- A Michigan prosecutor is complaining about lack of funding. Maybe someone should teach him how to count.
- Another prosecutor does some shady stuff, a Court has the stuffing to reject immunity, and now the prosecutor wants SCOTUS to intervene.
- Don Pesci takes a look at Hartford’s community court, which I wrote about almost exactly a year ago.
- Proud to go to jail for housing the homeless (via).
- Corporal punishment using reasonable physical force for maintaining discipline is a defense [pdf] to the amorphous Risk of Injury.
- Ryan McKeen tells us about “CT’s Great Turkey Case” in honor of Turkey Law Week.
- Dave Chappelle on the age of consent and stuff.
- Foreperson prevents juror from informing judge that they couldn’t reach a verdict. Court finds no problem with it.
- Maybe the tryptophan got to them already: Obama late in issuing first pardon and SCOTUS is late in issuing first opinion.
- CDW’s weekly edition is out.
Bonus for finding the hidden link.
I have tried to think of something to write about – honestly – but most of the topics out there right now are just meh, so I’m gonna take the easy way out and give you some links to click on. Some of these are stories you’ve heard about ad nauseum already and some you’ve only heard of a few times. But here they are anyway. Hey. Don’t take that attitude with me. At least I’m posting again. Ingrate.
- The Evidence Prof has a new paper on the potentially unintended consequence of Arizona v. Gant, funnily titled “Stranger than Dictum:…“
- Mike at C&F points to a fun opinion by Judge Alex “so what if I look at porn” Kozinski.
- Illinois passed a bill banning sex offenders from the whole wide world wide webs.
- There’s a blog about snitches. But don’ tell anyone.
- There’s that whole let’s see if Troy Davis might be innocent thing. Resulting from which is the bitchslap of Nino by Dershowitz.
- Apparently, Archie turned out to be nothing more than a gold digger.
- Plaxico “I’m so cool I shoot myself” Burress is now officially a member of the Cleveland Browns (or is that the Cincinnati Bungles?).
That’s all for now.
You know how that sentence ends.
That’s all. I got more posts to write!