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March 2, 2016

ENDLESS OVERSIGHT (OR HOW BIG BROTHER IS STILL WATCHING YOU)

Executive action is a hallmark of every administration, even more so in a divided government.  So it should be no surprise that 2015 was, and 2016 […]
February 29, 2016

PRISONERS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS

Jailhouse lawyers have a lot of time on their hands.  They also can be darn creative.  A counterfeiter spending ten years as a guest of the […]
February 16, 2016

MORE ARBITRATION PITFALLS

Our readers are well familiar now with many reasons why arbitration is not recommended in business to business contracts.  And more pitfalls keep coming to mind […]
February 15, 2016

WHY EVEN LIBERALS SHOULD MOURN JUSTICE SCALIA

In 1953, Justice Jackson wished that the Court could have decided a case that came before them “by analysis of the statute instead of by psychoanalysis of […]
February 9, 2016

IT MATTERS

Appellees – litigants who won before the trial court and now face an appeal – have for first line of defense that the decision in their […]
January 22, 2016

A COMMA’S REVENGE

Think of the comma, that small, underused, throwaway punctuation mark.  How unimportant, how easy to ignore it is.  But like nerds in a bad 1980s movie, […]
January 13, 2016

CLOUDY CRYSTAL BALL

Issues related to evidence and sentencing are probably the two most frequent topics for appeal in criminal cases.  We have mentioned both in previous posts. An […]
January 4, 2016

WHAT COMES NEXT

The year 2015 included its lot of consequential cases.  None received more press than the decision prohibiting bans on sex-same marriages across the country.  None excited […]
November 16, 2015

UNITY AND THE RULE OF LAW IN THE AGE OF TERRORISM

Our blog is traditionally dedicated to educating and sometimes entertaining.  We eschew grand philosophical thoughts for the economic trenches, for what is most useful to the […]
October 27, 2015

(UN?)INTENDED CONSEQUENCES

Once the U.S. Supreme Court makes a ruling, its decision becomes the law of the land.  It binds all other courts, both state and federal, everywhere […]
October 23, 2015

ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FRONTIER

Traveling internationally can be exhilarating.  Coming home can be comforting.  But in the middle, our constitutional rights disappear. Courts from the Supremes on down have ruled […]
October 12, 2015

KNOWN, UNKNOWN, AND SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE

The death of a loved one is not only tragic.  It also carries legal consequences.  If the decedent had debts, those have to be paid.  And […]