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In its treatment of Ronald Sullivan, Harvard Chooses Political Correctness Over the US Constitution

Harvard University said this week that Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., a law professor who has represented disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein would not continue as faculty dean of Winthrop House, an undergraduate house after his term ends on June 30, cowing to months of pressure from students. The professor, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., and his […]

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Client: “I’m Not Guilty!” – Lawyer: “Yes, You Are!” SCOTUS to Rule on Who Decides in Louisiana Death Penalty Case

Louisiana man Robert McCoy was accused of killing Christine Colston Young, Willie Young and Gregory Colston, who were the mother, stepfather and son of Mr. McCoy’s estranged wife. There was substantial evidence that he had done so. The actual shooting was caught on tape as the victim had called 911 upon the shooter’s arrival and […]

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Exclusion of Defendant’s Wife During Jury Selection Causes Reversal of Conviction

That pesky Constitution got in the way of a criminal conviction yet again in the case of People v. Torres a 2011 case out of Onandaga County in Upstate NY. Vincent Torres was convicted by a jury of burglary,sodomy and sexual abuse. Onondaga County Judge William Walsh barred the defendant’s wife from the courtroom for […]

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Nothing is Simple With This Supreme Court

As the nation waits for the Supreme Court to rule on the President’s Health Care Program, I expect the decision will be a greatly splintered and divided one which will most likely add to the run of 5-4 decisions that will be the Roberts Court’s legacy. Without a doubt, this is the most polarized and […]

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Supremes Disappoint With Latest Case on Confrontation

Yesterday the US Supreme Court  issued a ruling that severely weakened an important right contained in the Constitution.  The Sixth Amendment contains The Confrontation Clause: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him.”  While much of the Constitution is derived from English law this basic right […]