Saturday, April 14, 2018
There are countless examples of biased judges who rule for prosecutors despite the rules of evidence. Sometimes, judges will even make up evidence out of thin air to help out the state. This is problematic, of course, because judges are supposed to be — or at least should pretend to be — neutral and detached. This newest example of judicial bias comes courtesy of an email from The Dog’s compatriot, The Irreverent Lawyer. It’s pretty good, and exposes yet another judge who is merely a prosecutor in judicial clothing.
Back in the days of The Paper Chase, there was a little speech that, at least according to legend, the Dean made during law school orientation. “Look to your left; look to your right. One of you won’t be here next year.” The message, of course, was that law school was not only tough to get in to, but would also be tough to complete. And one out of every three of you will fail. But in today’s softer, gentler world, the calculus has changed. Well, sort of.
Today, almost everyone gets admitted to law school, and even students with a mere 2.0 GPA in college can get scholarship money at some law schools. Several forces have conspired to create this state of affairs. Law schools have expanded in number to over 200, the student applicant pool has shrunk due to sliding demand and plummeting pay for lawyers, and a greater number of law schools are therefore competing for the smaller number of
conduits prospective students.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Not surprisingly, the elected
Wisconsin trial court judge found that his “confession”
was “voluntary” and therefore admissible against him at trial. (Never mind the interrogators’ dozens of threats and false promises of leniency.) Equally unsurprising,
the jury bought the prosecutor’s sophistry — he famously but falsely claimed
that innocent people don’t confess — and convicted Dassey as a “party to the
crime” of murder and other offenses. And
once again, unsurprisingly, the state appellate court rubber-stamped Dassey’s
conviction in a superficial, two-paragraph “analysis” of the facts and law. But after that, things got really interesting.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
|Knightly enjoys a sub|
Much like a home run ball, Tommy Lasorda's Dugout is long gone. Last I read, the chain went out of business which proves, much like the old Betamax, that the best products don't necessarily survive. But thanks to two email attachments I recently received from the Irreverent Lawyer, we can still enjoy some absolutely amazing clips of the legend Tommy Lasorda himself.