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“Political Question” Abstention Is Easy As 1, 2…

Eugene Kontorovich makes an interesting point about Zivotofsky v. Kerry, a recent case where the petitioner is challenging a federal statute that recognizes people born in Jerusalem as being “born in Israel.”  Kontorovich is surprised that more foreign governments haven’t … Continue reading

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The Court Will Not Abide Your Pregnancy, Counsel

Nicole Girard points out a pretty mind-boggling case from an Atlanta Immigration Court, where a judge refused to grant a continuance an attorney that recently had a baby: Earlier this month, Judge J. Dan Pelletier Sr. of the Atlanta Immigration … Continue reading

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John Grisham, Child Porn, And Sentencing Policy

Author John Grisham thinks Child Porn sentencing laws are too harsh, citing the case of a “good buddy from law school” who got nailed in a child porn sting: “His drinking was out of control, and he went to a … Continue reading

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Are You Being Suspiciously Polite?

An Ohio man who was arrested after police discovered marijuana and a loaded firearm in his vehicle recently got great news from  an Ohio Appellate court [opinion here]. They affirmed the trial court’s decision to suppress the evidence in his case. … Continue reading

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Know The Law!

Hinton v. Alabama provides excellent example of how knowing the law for your client can literally be a matter of life and death. Anthony Hinton was accused of a double murder stemming from three restaurant robberies.  The primary evidence against him … Continue reading

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Watching The Watchers

The Fraternal Order of Police in Maryland is trying to get state legislators to a law that would expand the already impressive legal protections afforded to police officers: A bill drafted by the Fraternal Order of Police would force investigators to throw … Continue reading

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Posner v. Posner

From The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory (Via Abbe Smith): I can confirm from my own experience as a judge that criminal defendants are generally poorly represented. But if we are to be hardheaded we must recognize that this may not be an … Continue reading

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