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Review of Orphan X, by Gregg Hurwitz, Minotaur Books 2016

Reading Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X, which introduces Evan Smoak, a former agent of a government organization so secret it has no acronym, my thoughts turned not to Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne, a comparison many reviewers have made, but to Eoin … Continue reading

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Review of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, by Sonia Navario, Random House 2006.

Mexico has a serious immigration problem. Each year, half a million illegal immigrants, most of them under age, from Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, cross the border Mexico shares with Guatemala. They enter Chiapas state, home of El Chapo, … Continue reading

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Book List — Recently Read and To Read

Hey. I just wanted to post a list of books, in no particular order, I’ve read in the past few months along with a few I’ve started or intend to start soon. Expect short reviews of all to be posted … Continue reading

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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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