Monthly Archives: December 2014

The United States Supreme Court and the Oligarchs

How many times have you heard someone who feels wronged swear he or she will see justice done “even if I have to take this case all the way to the Supreme Court”? Not so fast, my indignant friend.  The … Continue reading

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Are Traffic Cameras Dead?

The Wall Street Journal suggests that red light cameras may be coming to a full stop:  Can the Red Light Camera Be Saved?

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Blogging

Yesterday’s post on the “right to remain silent” and the Fifth Amendment right not to be “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against [yourself]” may have strayed a little too far into the weeds of legal jargon.  … Continue reading

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What lawyers know (7): the right to remain silent

It’s an old criminal lawyers’ joke:  The client has confessed, and during the first interview, the lawyer asks why.  I knew I had the right to remain silent, says the client.  I just didn’t have the ability. Today I ran … Continue reading

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What lawyers know (6)

As an addendum to the previous post, a driver stopped by police is not required to consent to a search when a police officer asks for the driver’s consent.  If the driver does consent, he or she may have waived … Continue reading

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What lawyers know (5)

This week, in Heien v. North Carolina, the United States Supreme Court held that evidence discovered by a police officer during a search of an automobile can be admissible as evidence during a later trial even when the police officer’s … Continue reading

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NASA and your drone airliner

Has NASA taken the first step toward airliners without any human pilots?  http://www.wsj.com/articles/single-pilot-cockpits-floated-in-nasa-study-1418611930 (may require login).

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What lawyers know (4)

In approximately eighty per cent of the cases in which the United States Supreme Court grants a petition for writ of certiorari (agrees to hear the appeal), the Court reverses the holding of the lower court.

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What lawyers know (3)….

The backgrounds of the present members of the United States Supreme Court not only reveal a lack of diversity in legal education; the Court lacks religious diversity as well.  The Court is presently an exclusive Catholic and Jewish club.  Georgetown … Continue reading

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What lawyers know (2)….

The present nine sitting justices on the United States Supreme Court are not a diverse group with regard to legal education.  The justices received their law degrees from just three law schools:  Harvard, Yale, and Columbia.

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