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This is an April Fool’s Day joke. To see the entire post, take the jump.

Grand (re-)opening

Welcome to all of you. Hopefully, everything is set to go. If you notice any problems with the site, please let me know. All the posts have been imported and all the comments, too. Please update your links if you don’t mind.

I owe a humongous debt of gratitude to Karoli for all the assistance with getting this site up and running and for helping me with the template. Without her help, I’d probably have canceled my internet subscription and I’d be curled up in a ball, shaking violently right now.

Thanks for reading! 😀

Playboy causes stir on Vandy campus

Playboy scouts are causing controversy (the usual kind) on the campus of Vanderbilt. This story has absolutely nothing to do with this blog. I just want to share the chuckle that Vandy’s student newspaper (that originally posted the Playboy ad and has since published a contrary editorial) is named “The Vanderbilt Hustler“.

Yes, I’m juvenile.


As you can see, there are a few changes on the blog. I’m still working on it and for that I apologize. Here are some of the things I’ve done:

  • Removed the top graphic to make more room for text. While visually appealing, it was moving the first post halfway down the page.
  • Cleaned up the syndication options. Now all you have to do is click on either "bookmark" or "subscribe" on the right and a nifty window pops up with an extensive list of services for you to choose your favorite from to subscribe to this blog.
  • Right below that, I’ve also added an e-mail subscription link. If
    you’d prefer to keep track of this blog via e-mail, you can just sign
    up there and you’ll get an e-mail digest with the latest posts.
  • I’ve moved the "recent comments" to the left, so that pushed up the "recent posts" on the right. This way, you the reader have full access to the various posts on this site.
  • Now at the end of each post, you will see several links: "Email this, save to delicious, digg this, technorati cosmos, etc". This just increases functionality for each post and allows you to do what you want with it.
  • Finally, I’ve added a live feed from PD Stuff, right below the recent posts.

Any and all suggestions are absolutely welcome. If you think there are redundant sidebars on the site, please let me know. If you think it’s getting too cluttered, let me know. If you’d like to see something that isn’t there, let me know. You can leave a comment here or e-mail me. Thanks for reading!

Ask and ye shall receive

Here’s a friendly tip for the criminal defense attorney: If you want the judge to do something, ask for it on the record, even if you think he/she won’t order it. Sometimes you get lucky. Like I did a little while ago. It was a strange case to begin with – the client had been in jail for a few years awaiting sentencing, but he wasn’t going to get equal credit. Most of the times, when you specifically ask for credit, the Judge will say that it’s not up to him/her and it is left to the Dep’t of Corrections to decide.

Well, I asked and I received. If you’re denied, then at least you’ve made a record for subsequent proceedings.

His rights are our rights

Normally, I don’t watch Court TV. My impression of Court TV has been colored by my opinion of Nancy Grace. So when I stumbled upon the blog of Jami Floyd, a Court TV newscaster, I expected the same vitriol toward defendants and defense attorneys.

Not so. The first clue was this statement at the end of a recent post:

Not exactly efficient.  Florida is just one of 39 states that have the death penalty — 39 examples (40, if you count the feds) of a system that doesn’t work.

Huh. Okay….that could mean a lot of things…so let’s scroll further down. Which is what I did when I came across this entry. This is a clip of something called “The Last Word”.

In this video, she makes a final statement; something akin to when Jerry Springer sits on the stool at the end of every episode and spews wisdom at us through the TV.

In this clip, she was responding to a number of e-mails she had received criticizing the defense attorneys that represented John Couey. She says they always get those e-mails.

She then says some very smart things:

“Those who complain are missing the point, because it’s not about the client but the client’s right to counsel and a fair trial… because his rights are our rights. If you love this country, you’ve read the Constitution and if you’ve read the Constitution, you know defending the accused is the most sacred role a lawyer can play.”

What she has done in those two sentences is sum up my two most frequent responses to the question: “How can you defend those people?”. The Constitution and the reality that not much separates “us” from “them”. Color me impressed.

ps: I just discovered that the video might not work from the page linked to above. If it does not, go to the main page and scroll down till you find the entry. It is on March 13 at 3:52pm.