Veteran’s Day edition!
- Governor Rell is opposed to the $260million proposal to build new prisons, which was covered here.
- This NYT piece considers whether suspension of parole is an Ex-Post Facto violation. Norm covers the CT angle, while Scott has the New York perspective.
- Indignant Indigent has a great post on why it is ineffective not to raise claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. He goes through a pretty compelling list of reasons. As if it should even be a question.
- What do you carry during trial? Bennett has a long list.
- Prof. Berman points to a five part report in the Dallas Morning News about Texas being soft on murderers (imagine that!).
- Maggie takes a break from Nichols posting and wonders about the propriety of levity in the courtroom.
- Miss Tyrios tells us of unusual sentencing in (
what the heck is Mass.’s nickname?) the Bay state (who knew!) where a judge imposed banishment.
- Legal Blog Watch notes the support in the blawgosphere for the lawyers in Pakistan, but asks if we would represent Musharraf.
- Here‘s an interesting piece in the Village Voice by a public defender whose client chose to fight against NYPD’s crackdown on “trespassing”.
- NYCLU will file a “landmark lawsuit” today, alleging failings in indigent defense.
- Widow of Michael Richard (executed by Texas due to Judge Keller’s questionable actions) filed suit in federal court.
That should do it for now! As usual, leave a link in the comments if there’s something interesting you want to share.
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It’s Monday. Have you set your clocks back one hour?
- The topic du jour is snitching, so let’s start off with the Windypundit’s exploration of the snitching debate from an economics perspective.
- Speaking of economics, Grits has this absolutely terrific post on why economic theory doesn’t apply to plea bargaining.
- Corrections Sentencing follows up on Grits’ post and highlights the fundamental flaws in the criminal justice system that have brought us to where we are.
- Stephen Gustitis points to an interesting, though not groundbreaking, study that concludes that the cockier you are, the greater your credibility falls.
- Malum decries the lack of funding for indigent defense.
- Prof. Birmingham will be back in the spring, albeit one class lighter: Feminist Legal Theory.
- NACDL’s website has this terrific guide (which is from an old issue, but still very useful) which provides a blueprint for trying Eyewitness ID cases.
- Apparently, CT is facing a “growing problem” with fake lawyers. [H/T: LBW]
- CT gets a glimpse of life in Texas.
Enjoy the extra hour!
Ugh. It’s almost winter. Here are stories to keep you warm on this cold, dark morning:
- It’s not much, but at least the 18-year old West Hartford kid charged with having sex with his girlfriend is out on bail.
- CDW’s weekly roundup is here.
- GA isn’t the only state with capital defense payment problems.
- Speaking of which, the Brian Nichols trial has turned into quite the spectacle. Now, Judge Fuller is being investigated by the legislature, which seems like an even further colossal waste of time and, more importantly, money.
- Here‘s a really long (and quite strange) semi-biography of Komisarjevsky and Hayes. Curiously, it seems as though someone who wasn’t supposed to speak, did.
- Who ever thought to challenge fingerprint science? You should have. One judge in Baltimore agrees that it might be junk.
- Mark Bennett continues to explain himself and his no-snitch stance. Here‘s the text from his contract and here he discusses the ethics of snitching.
- Even better than Jenna! Scott explains “law porn”.
- The Confrontation Blog has this great post on child witnesses.
- Norm Pattis offers his take on the latest Skakel development.
- Blondie gives us another glimpse into the difference between being a pd and working as private counsel.
- Prof. Berman points out a notable collateral consequence of eliminating parole.
As usual, if you find something worth sharing, leave a link in the comments. Enjoy the day!
Another Monday, another edition of the Jumpstart!
- Anne Reed has posted the third installment in her series on “A trial lawyer’s guide to social networking sites”. [Here are one and two.]
- Mark Bennett is conducting a clinic on how to cross examine an expert.
- Scott Greenfield is expressing his desire to become a law school dean by exploring how best to fix law schools.
- Norm Pattis has a new blog.
- CDW’s weekly roundup is available.
- Woman in Black won!
- Maggie at Of Counsel has done a wonderful job summarizing Georgia’s indigent defense problems in the Nichols capital case in this post.
- Gov. Rell has added staff to speed up the release of non-violent offenders.
- Stephen Gustitis points to a new study that explores another reason for false confessions: trust in the system.
- CTLP points out that a FOIA request revealed no legal research by counsel for Gov. Rell before her request in the Pollitt case.
- Ken at KrimLaw wonders why “aiding and abetting” is now known as “principal in the second degree”. Just like prosecutorial
Have a good day!
Another Monday, another weekend full of interesting reads.
- Think that person you e-mail is real? Think again.
- CTLP writes about David Pollitt and highlights the use of fear.
- The National Institute of Justice’s latest journal includes this article entitled “Police Lineups: Making Eyewitness Identification More Reliable”. [H/T: CDW]
- Bennett informs us that there still are lawyers who use the barter system.
- Grits is conducting an informal poll on what, if any, sanction Texas CCA judge Keller should receive [backgrounder here].
- Sui Generis is holding a “Best of NY Blawgs” contest.
- Infinity Ranch is grappling with whether felony murder is applicable when the decedent is one of the participants.
- Blonde Justice is frustrated over dealing with a new client in private practice.
- Ruth loves Law and Order. Do you?
- Where the hell is 123txpublicdefender123?
- Sanchovilla puts his MySpace investigatorial skills to use.
- Stephen Gustitis talks about reciprocity with juries.
As usual, if I missed anything, leave a link in the comments.
It’s just another Manic Monday.
- CT seems to be a bad place to be a teacher. Karoli has all the details about a teacher forced to resign because a girl’s parents didn’t like his choice of summer reading.
- More than 20% of CT inmates have moderate to severe mental illnesses. More on this later.
- Matlock the Republican creates a taxonomy of lawyers using baseball terms.
- S.cotus took the new naturalization test last week and followed it up with a test of his own.
- The Saucy Vixen gave us a glimpse into dealing with her clients (and the post spawned some interesting comments).
- Anne Reed’s Deliberations took a look at the idea of a national jury pool.
- Of Counsel has been all over the AJC’s coverage of the death penalty.
- Speaking of which, CDW’s weekly roundup is here.
- Grits brings the good news that the Dallas PD will participate in a study of lineup procedures.
If I missed anything, leave a link in the comments!