Archive for August, 2007

In an incredibly sad story. Jonathon Edington a lawyer in Connecticut has been sentenced to 12 in prison for killing a man that he thought molested his 20 year-old daughter. Edinton stabbed Barry James in his bedroom after his wife told him that James had molested their daughter. Ultimately, Edington’s wife, Christina, refused to cooperate with the investigation and a defense expert found that she was suffering from d postpartum depression.

The case left the court with few options and many regrets in sentencingfor first-degree manslaughter.. For the full story, click here

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Former DA Nifong was sentenced to a single day in jail for his misconduct related to the Duke scandal.
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Report: Craig to Resign

Reports today indicate that Sen. Craig has decided to resign, click here The question remains whether, in light of recent scandals and indictments of other members, this is a consistent result. (more…)

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Here is the audio tape of the Craig interview with police after his arrest, click here

The tape is a striking example of the pressures that are often put on people directly after their arrests to induce confessions and pleas.

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The Marine Mammal Protection Act makes it a crime to injure sea lions and other mammals. Usually this is done with nets, harpoons, guns. However, a 24-year-old fisherman named Hai Nguyen, stabbed a sea lion with a steak knife. (more…)

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Norman Finkelstein has long generated controversy over his writings on the Holocaust. His critics, however, have launched a campaign to have him terminated from the school and have been successful. Many academics are alarmed by the official move to cancel his classes and lock him out of his office. At risk is the most important element of the American experience in higher education: academic freedom. For the most recent story, click here

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The Iowa District Court for Polk County has ruled that the state constitution requires recognition of same-sex marriage. The decision will likely serve to fuel the presidential debates on the subject and force some candidates to embrace the constitutional marriage amendment. (more…)

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Craig and Entrapment

I just finished an interview for Good Morning America for Friday on whether Craig has a case for entrapment or denial of the offense. I do believe that Craig should have fought this charge and would have been successful. (more…)

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Here is the transcript of the interview of Senator Craig with police after his arrest. (more…)

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New Offense: FWA (Flying While Arab)

It appears that simply speaking Arabic is enough to delay a flight in today’s hysterical times. For the story, click here

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Nifong Pleads Not Guilty to Contempt

Former D.A. is looking at potential jail time for criminal contempt and has pleaded not guilty in North Carolina. For story click here

The broader question remains our failure to deal with prosecutorial abuse, for prior columns click here and here

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The health problems of Chief Justice Roberts raises a long-standing problem on the Court, addressed in this prior column.

Orignially published in August 2005

It came as something of a shock at the beginning of the summer when Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist announced that he would not be resigning from the Supreme Court. He is suffering from thyroid cancer, has had a tracheotomy to help him breathe and will be 81 years old at the start of the new court term. The smart money was on retirement.

But Supreme Court justices answer only to themselves and God when it comes to stepping down from the bench. Once Congress hath joined a nominee and his office, only death or retirement can separate them. (more…)

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In Sundbury, Pa, a court has ruled that a former owner can continue to demand that a show dog not be neutered and continued to be made available for breeding. At issue is a a 5-year-old French bulldog named Duffy. The breeder gave the dog to a third party with the understanding that Duffy would continue to supply services — valued at $73,000 over the last three years. The case has raised issues of animal health and continuing limitations on ownership. For the full story, click here

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Oprah Sued for Slip and Fall

It is a classic tort — the slip and fall. Now a woman is suing Oprah for falling during the scramble for a seat on her television program. (more…)

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The military has been pouring money into non-lethal weaponry that can break up a crowd or immobilize individuals without bullets or permanent injuries. One is already in production: a truck mounted ray that makes people feel like their skin is on fire. Requests to use the truck in Iraq have been denied. (more…)

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