NY’s Chief Judge Proposes Sweeping Court Change But Is It Enough?

The Times-Union in Albany reported today that Janet DiFiore, the state’s top judge, is proposing a monumental overhaul of New York’s judiciary structure in an effort to streamline an antiquated system she said is far too cumbersome for judges, lawyers and the people they serve. From the article: Chief Judge Janet DiFiore contends the existing… Continue reading NY’s Chief Judge Proposes Sweeping Court Change But Is It Enough?

Making Jurors Understand the Bill of Rights

On this the 224th Anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, I was thinking about what to write about the document that defines our country as much as the Constitution does. It such a grand document covering so many broad issues I was thinking about to narrow my focus. Originally I thought about… Continue reading Making Jurors Understand the Bill of Rights

Atheist Teen Forces School to Remove Prayer From Wall After 49 Years

Give 16 year old Jessica Ahlquist an “A” for “chutzpa” for being the successful lead plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the ACLU against a Cranston Rhode Island school district that forced the district to cover up an eight foot high prayer in the school auditorium. The prayer had been there for 49 years and… Continue reading Atheist Teen Forces School to Remove Prayer From Wall After 49 Years

Supreme Court Rules Police Attachment of GPS to Car Requires Warrant

Today the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones decided that the District of Columbia’s Police Department’s attachment of GPS device to a suspected drug dealer’s car without a proper warrant violated the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizures. In overturning the conviction of Antoine Jones, who had received a life sentence for… Continue reading Supreme Court Rules Police Attachment of GPS to Car Requires Warrant

Prosecutorial Misconduct Causes US Supreme Court to Overturn Murder Conviction -But Justice Thomas Just Doesn’t Get It.

In another blow to New Orleans DA Harry Connick (Father of the singer Harry Connick Jr) the US Supreme Court once again found that his office withheld exculpatory evidence from a defendant in a capital murder trial. There is a long history of problems in Connick’s office. In 1995, Esquire photographed him, for a piece… Continue reading Prosecutorial Misconduct Causes US Supreme Court to Overturn Murder Conviction -But Justice Thomas Just Doesn’t Get It.

Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Decision Serves as Reminder of Importance of Legal System

Yes, yesterday was the 48th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. There were various blog posts, FB status updates and other commemorations of the historic event. But very little was written about the 40th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision that changed this country forever. On November 22, 1971, the Supreme Court issued Reed… Continue reading Anniversary of Key Civil Rights Decision Serves as Reminder of Importance of Legal System

9-11 and the Law

Like all NYers,I was devastated by the 9-11 attacks. And like many Nyers I have mixed emotions about commemorating the ten year anniversary of the attack. Yes, its fitting that we remember and honor those who died that day but at the same time, the hair on the back of my neck stood up when… Continue reading 9-11 and the Law

Elena Kagan Needs to Read Justice Souter’s Speech to Harvard Law

I know its a nice sunny summer afternoon and no one wants to work their brains too hard, but someone just sent me the text of a speech retired  Supreme Court Justice David Souter gave to the graduating class of Harvard Law a few days ago and while he didn’t mention Supreme Court nominee Elena… Continue reading Elena Kagan Needs to Read Justice Souter’s Speech to Harvard Law

The Most Dangerous Lawyer in Texas

Monday, Adam Liptak, the NY Times’ legal reporter, published an article about Jerry Guerinot, a Texas lawyer who holds the distinction of having represented the  most people sentenced to death – 20. That’s more people than most states that have the death penalty have on Death Row.  He has not won one capital case.  Liptak,… Continue reading The Most Dangerous Lawyer in Texas