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How About Them Witch-hunts?

... and what Catlin had said: He Catlin said it was another matter when looking at federal criminal law ... criminal law that say: Hey, these substances are definitely steroids. And then there’s a catchall [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:59:07

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He Says “Scary” Like It’s a Bad Thing

The Chicago Tribune reports: French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand was quoted in French media as saying, “In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.” The law is supposed to be scary to criminals — and the law’s persistence, over the span of decades, is scarier still, but rightly so. People shouldn’t be able to evade justice by fleeing to a hospitable jurisdiction. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:49:30

Eugene Volokh: He Says "Scary" Like It's a Bad Thing:

The Chicago Tribune reports: French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand was quoted in French media as saying, "In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face." The law is supposed to be scary to criminals -- and the law's persistence, over the span of decades, is scarier still, but rightly so. People shouldn't be able to evade justice by fleeing to a hospitable jurisdiction. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:50:08

Well, We Should Have Searched His Car

Well, We Should Have Searched His Car January 15th, 2009 admin I’m a little perturbed by this: ... . The 5-4 opinion signals that the court is ready to rethink this key rule in criminal law ... this for not letting criminal get off on technicalities. I respectfully disagree. Apart from the danger [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:58:00

ABA: US Supreme Court Update

Supreme Court Update: A Service from the ABA Criminal Justice Section www.abanet.org/crimjust CHAMBERS V ... to interpret the career criminal law and suggested that Congress come up with a list of specific crimes that should trigger application of the law. JIMINEZ V. QUARTERMAN In a second criminal case [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:50:29

Today's letters: Quebec's pension plan, Afghanistan, sex changes on the public dime

Re: Who's paying for Quebec's largesse? It appears that securities regulations need a lot of improvement, as well as corporate regulations ... treatment under the criminal law system for corporate criminals - the jailhouse [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:41:00

Bronx Criminal Lawyer (718) 585-4444

PETER J. SCHAFFER, Attorney at Law devotes his practice to New York State criminal defense, the defense of all federal criminal cases, and representing victims of false arrest and the use of excessive force by law enforcement (“police brutality”) . Mr. Schaffer uses the knowledge and skills he has developed over the past twenty-two years of trial work to help his clients achieve the best result in every case he defends. Mr. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 16:53:25

Knoblauch accused of beating and choking his wife

From FOX 9 News : HOUSTON – Former Minnesota Twins infielder Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with assault for allegedly choking and hitting his wife. A judge set Knoblauch’s bond at $10,000 after he appeared in court Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, Knoblauch’s common law wife told police he hit her in the face, then choked her at their Houston home on Friday. Knoblauch, 41, faces two to ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, if convicted. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 19:17:55

Reward Sanity! Netherlands For Nobel Peace Prize!

Dr. Stephen Frye author of Twenty-five Reasons to Legalize Drugs – We Really Lost This War, recommends that, Louk Hulsman, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Law at the University of Rotterdam, who was originally responsible for crafting the forward-thinking drug policy in the Netherlands and the Dutch Ministry of Health [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 19:32:00

David Ellis's New High Profile Day Job

The mystery and thriller world knows David Ellis for writing five novels, including  the Edgar-winning LINE OF VISION, ... , has never been a prosecutor or practiced criminal defense law. Though he said the Senate deliberations would have elements of a trial, it will not be conducted as a criminal trial. Ellis [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 18:18:32

January 15 roundup

Judge Posner’s patience snaps in a class action: the case “is an example of the typical pathology of class action litigation, ... News and again Erosion of mens rea prerequisite in criminal law should alarm all of us across left-right lines Doug Berman on John Hasnas WLF paper “Federal drain law forces pool closings” Boston [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 06:25:54

More Names Emerge for Key DOJ Slots

We're getting a clearer picture of the new Justice Department’s top ranks, as Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr.’s confirmation hearings begin. The leading candidate to head the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer ... Law), who met Barack Obama as a Kerry delegate in 2004, was a top official in Obama’s California [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 01:29:53

HOLDER HEARING: Senate Grills Holder on Wiretapping and FISA

In addition to Guantanamo Bay and torture, the big topics of the day seems to be warrant-less surveillance and Federal Intelligence and Surveillance ... of the criminal law, duly enacted statutes, that may have been on the books for many years while acting as commander and chief? Holder: The president, as I’ve said, is not above the law, has a [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:37:00

A Question Regarding The Criminal Law Of Our Nation’s Capital

In denying a group called the Christian Defense Fund permission to hold an anti-abortion demonstration on Pennsylvania Avenue next week, ... as one that extends to putting chalk on a sidewalk, and moreover as a “narrowly tailored” “content-neutral criminal [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:38:23

Halbrook to Testify in Hearings on Eric Holder for Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings on President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of gun-control advocate Eric Holder for ... of firearms to terrorists and criminals. . . . F ederal law does not require background checks ... . . . . To further strengthen the ability of law enforcement offic [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 05:11:13


ICC's Writ Doesn't Run to GazaMeryl Yourish has uncovered a fantastic example the limitations of subordinating politics to international law. Apparently the International Criminal Court cannot deal with whatever is happening in Gaza, because Gaza isn't a country or part of one. taken from :Yaacov Lozowick's Ruminations (http [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 01:46:00

Offer in Compromise Regulations §301.7122-1In general (1) If the Secretary determines that there are grounds for compromise under this section, the Secretary may, at the Secretary's discretion, compromise any civil or criminal liability arising under the internal revenue laws prior to reference of a case involving such a liability to the [more...]

Date: 2008-09-08 08:31:33

BTWF roles: Vincent D’Onofrio in Adventures in Babysitting

Before we got to know Vincent D’Onofrio with his natural locks in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, he was a blonde Thor the Car Mechanic in Adventures in Babysitting. It is amazing how different [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:11:32

Now Ezra's DAD is smacking down Syed Soharwardy

Now Ezra's DAD is smacking down Syed Soharwardy Don't bring a Muslim to a Jew fight.. ... --a criminal terrorist organization, under Canadian law--and cursed him while making violent gestures [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 16:13:24

** Frost/Nixon (2008) -vs- W. (2008) **

Awards Edition:  "Frost/Nixon" is nominated for the top award in the Critics' Choice (VH-1, Jan. 8), Golden Globes (NBC, Jan. 11), Producers Guild ( ... restoration of criminally bent (if not irrevocably broken) International and Constitutional law ... by its playwright Peter Morgan. Few plays make it to screen so fully intact, and the audience owes a [more...]

Date: 2009-01-04 11:26:04

The Morning Wrap

Late Night at The BLT: We had a few blog posts late Wednesday, all of which involved big news ... is scheduled to begin today at 9:30 a.m., The Washington Post reports on his late sister-in-law's role ... to pay $1.4 billion to settle criminal and civil charges that it illegally marketed its antipsychotic [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 13:00:05

New Column: Bloodlust of the Avenging Left

There is obviously no limit to the political left's bloodlust for all things George W. Bush, as witnessed by two news items this week ... Administration." The report recommends "that the new Administration conduct an independent criminal inquiry ... published an op-ed by Yale law professor Bruce Ackerman suggesting that 9th U.S. Circuit Court [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:30:00

Pre-Gaming the Holder Hearing — A Peek at His Opening Remarks

While the current Attorney General will spend his last couple days in office handling a pressing matter for a local federal judge, Eric Holder, ... administration’s terrorism tactics that some critics believe violated the law. He also noted pressure ... weapon in white-collar criminal investigations,” resulting in a ” ‘culture of waiver’ in which [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 14:56:21

Disenfranchisement Reform: Lawmakers Move Toward Expanding Voting Rights in 2009

Cross-Posted at Project Vote's Voting Matter's Blog Weekly Voting Rights News Update by Erin Ferns The 2008 presidential election was an ... , and catch the attention of researchers and advocates alike” in 2008, according to criminal justice public ... for Justice at NYU School of Law, a leading advocate [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:18:43

No Credible Terror Threats Seen For Super Bowl

U.S. intelligence officials have found no credible threat of terrorist attacks at the Super Bowl scheduled Feb. 1 in Tampa, Fla ... . Officials are also concerned that terrorists or criminal could impersonate government or military officials because some Florida law enforcement badges and uniforms were stolen in 2008. via Source [more...]

Date: 2009-01-16 04:03:38

Buying Cold Medicine for her husband lands Indiana grandmother in jail

Indiana's law designed to stop meth production gets Sally Harpold arrested. The Terre Haute News reports When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that four months later she would end up in handcuffs. Now, Harpold is trying to clear her name of criminal charges, and she is speaking out in hopes that a law will change so others won't endure the same embarrassment she still is facing. "This is a very traumatic experience," Harpold said. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 21:24:44

Left Holds Holder Concerns

When his confirmation hearing begins on Thursday, ... Mahurin As a partner who last year earned more than $2 million at the Washington law firm Covington ... damages. Represented by Holder, Chiquita pleaded guilty to criminal charges in 2007 to paying [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 20:00:01


The poster boy for Texas anti Mormonism now plans to fix CPS in view of the fiasco for the State that has cost in excess of 30 million dollars to ... Investigating” without having to terrorize the children? Were they prevented by Law from accepting ... s overtime, reimbursing local entities and conducting civil and criminal investigations. Given the fact [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:30:44

Don't panic; there will be plenty of time for that later.

Um, this isn't good:Mexico is one of two countries that "bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse," according to a report by the U.S ... and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug ... . Drug cartels have perverted the state organs of law enforcement and security, turning them [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:16:00

AG Holder Would Review Bush Administration Decision to NOT Prosecute Schlozman

If he's confirmed, Attorney General nominee Eric Holder told the U.S ... , the DoJ's Inspector General found, broke federal law and custom vis a vis his hiring practices of only ... charges, criminal charges. ... I have not had a chance to read the report, Senator, and yet I have read [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:33:23

Evidence of high crimes

Scott Horton sees Pentagon official Susan Crawford's admission of torture to be a key moment in establishing the criminal culpability of the Bush administration.First, it is an acknowledgement of criminal conduct by the administration ... each individual technique applied. That is what the law requires, and what the Justice Department [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:03:04

Mexico and You

Scare of the week, scare of the year:  Report says Mexico and Pakistan,  ???bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse,??? ... , the Mexican police and law enforcement did little to stop the corruption, crime and drug trafficking ... by criminal gangs and drug cartels."  (ElPasoTimes)  As with most problems in the world, America gets [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:00:26

Supreme Court Rules Against Fourth Amendment

Kurt Nimmo Infowars January 15, 2009 As the Democrats in Congress methodically plot against the Second Amendment, ... that evidence obtained through illegal searches may be used to prosecute criminal defendants ... . By ruling against the exclusionary rule, the Supremes have rolled American law back to a time before 1789 [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 19:41:07

The Colosimo 5

Based on the criminal dockets of our five clergy, who are by now certainly hoping to be forgiven for their trespasses, ... Criminal Conspiracy to engage in Defiant Trespass, Third Degree Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, Third ... of law, but is Colosimo really enough of a bad guy to defecate on his property rights in such a manner [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 16:00:38

U.S. troops prepared to fight drug lords

More on this troubling post regarding the spiraling chaos occurring in neighboring Mexico. The problem has become so acute that U.S ... of exceeding the ability of state, local and federal law enforcement agencies in both countries ... cartels are fighting back to protect their very lucrative criminal livelihood." USNORTHCOM also [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 21:41:24

Roland Burris steps to center ring in Democratic circus

 Roland Burris is a disagreeable mediocrity as a politician ... -President Barack Obama.  Blame (or credit) Gov. Rod Blagojevich all you want. It was Blago's job under the law to name Obama's successor, after all. And it was his clumsy alleged criminality [more...]

Date: 2009-01-01 06:28:42

And so it begins…

U.S. Attorney General nominee says waterboarding is torture: Asked whether a president might have the power to immunize people against criminal charges ... against terrorists, Mr. Holder answered unambiguously: “Mr. Chairman, no one is above the law.” So does [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 20:10:28

The International Criminal Court Vs The Lords Resistance Army

The world’s mightiest progressive transnational institution of justice takes on a rag-tag gang of psychopathic thugs. Score: 0-1 ... a partner for peace’) trumps International Law. One former victim of the Lord’s Resistance Army grew angry ... them for help. “Western criminal justice doesn’t bring us any closer to peace,” he says. “We could [more...]

Date: 2009-01-14 23:41:57

More on San Fran Housing authority settling out

The San Francisco Housing Authority settled its suit with NRA (and I've been told the terms did include attorneys' fees) ... intended to enforce its 2005 ban against law-abiding gun owners and has never done so, even though ... who were engaged in criminal activity," Larsen said." [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:44:29

ICC hands over Asif’s Dubai detention report to PCB

There seems to be an unending list of troubles for Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif, ... the participating in the IPL. Altaf said that there was no chance that Asif would be prosecuted on criminal charges, as the amount of opium found with him (Asif) was less than what the law prohibits. “ [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 11:41:36

Hutchison: Allow cell phone jammers in prisons

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Rep. Kevin Brady have filed legislation to prevent prison inmates from using smuggled cell phones -- following an ... . The devices are currently illegal under federal law, in order to ensure 911 and other emergency calls can get through. "This legislation will fight criminal enterprises behind bars and protect innocent [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 16:23:07

The American Criminal Justice System Needs To Be Revamped

Clarence Aaron remains in jail serving a triple life sentence by Demetrius Walker I’ve never agreed with the American criminal justice system ... that are committed against other Americans. However, I completely disagree with this nation’s drug laws in respect [more...]

Date: 2008-12-11 05:53:39

Good Article in the Washington Post

Sexually Based Offender Law Encourages HomelessnessWhen I started working 14 years ago, ... good candidates for housing because of debt or criminal background, but there was nothing ... . But in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton there are no shelters for the sexually based offenders [more...]

Date: 2009-01-02 17:10:00

Presidents should act ‘within the dictates’ of surveillance legislation, says Holder

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Asked during his confirmation hearing Thursday whether the president has an “inherent authority” to engage in warrantless ... noted that law enforcement tools like the Patriot Act had to be enforced in a manner consistent ... he would support a criminal investigation of Bush administration officials for possible violations [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 17:14:39

Some Legal Specifics On Detainees, Interrogations From DOD’s Johnson

Sorry, just have to do one more post on Jeh Johnson’s prepared answers from the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of his confirmation hearing to ... to traditional understandings of fealty to the rule of law. On a question about detainees not being ... looking carefully at whether use of coerced testimony is ever appropriate in the criminal trial [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 15:20:28

What’s happening in Amsterdam? An overview of changing law

In the current trafficking debates in Europe, complex laws tend to be reduced to simplistic tags like legalisation or regulation ... square). Crime The argument is this: prostitution is not criminal, but the social and economic ... for criminal activities, such as drug trafficking and dealing, trafficking of women, laundering of money [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:05:09

CRB check hearsay costs innocent man job

I have been contacted by a man who has missed out on a job after his CRB clearance arrived back with uncorroborated and false allegations of ... is a shocking indictment of the process itself. Despite never having a criminal record, his CRB check ... . But they were made and recorded, and despite them never going anywhere near a court of law, were [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 23:06:49

More on the possible revoking of Ian Bernard’s suspended sentence

Free Speech a Criminal Act in New Hampshire? As announced on last night’s Free Talk Live, the Keene city prosecutor, Sgt ... m now a criminal? How many others will they target over this? Free Minds TV, the NH Free Press, and NH ... Just Following Orders”? Law Enforcement Against Prohibition speaker and NH police officer Brad Jardis [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 22:59:45

Jason Kenney responds to incitement of hatred and violence at recent anti-Israel protests

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, ... rights and the rule of law.” “The open incitement of hatred has absolutely no place in Canadian ... and Hamas as banned terrorist organizations under the provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code. While [more...]

Date: 2009-01-15 18:26:25

Because Justice Matters.

Almost ten months ago, I announced my intention to seek an open seat on Texas’ Third Court of Appeals in 2010. Since then, my campaign has taken me from enjoying Texas Independence Day with the Democratic Party of Bastrop County to celebrating the first hundred days of the Obama administration in Bell County. I have given speeches in Llano and Lampasas, and eaten barbecue in Kyle and steak in San Angelo . Putting my judicial impartiality to the test, I judged a chili cook-off in Rockne. [more...]

Date: 2009-09-29 17:48:44

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