I’m not comfortable with the idea of Donald Trump as president. On the other hand, I’m not comfortable with the idea of Hillary Clinton as president, either.
I tend to have a different set of priorities than those in the national spotlight. I’m primarily concerned with issues like putting teeth into the confrontation clause, figuring out how the ancient language of “unreasonable searches” applies in a world not imagined by those who invented the phrase, and wondering if I’m the only one who actually sees the term “excessive bail shall not be required…” to kick off the Eighth amendment. You know, issues of freedom.
That’s not to say that matters of national debate don’t concern me. They just tend to fall lower on the list of pressing things. Because of that, I tend to vote 3rd party. It’s been that way since I cast my first vote (for Ross Perot, duh) in 1992.
Continue reading “Screw you, I’ll vote how I want to (AKA Charles Blow can stick his thoughts where the sun don’t shine).”
Overblown Moderator’s Intro:
How many of you could use help with the internet? Today we’re happy to have an “expert” that can help you market on the world wide web. He’s an accomplished twitterer with over 11,000 impressive tweets, the back of his head was featured on Huffington Post, and he’s even got his very own web page! We are pleased to have Matt Haiduk today to tell us how you should market your pracrice on twitter!
The Awkward Ice Breaker
Happy to make it here today, although I know the intro was unnecessary because you saw me tweet about how I’d be here, right? [feigned laughter by 3 polite people] Show of hands, how many of you here today use twitter in your law practice. [3 people raise hands] Ok, 3? That’s pretty good. Normally it’s nobody. How many of you 3 let a marketing company post your tweets? [2 people raise hands] Well, after today that’s going to change! It’s so simple and easy you won’t want to waste the money. Continue reading “The Twitter Law Seminar That Never Will Be.”
“How do you sleep at night putting in toilets for pedophiles?”
-Things nobody ever says to plumbers.
“I could never do what you do… you help drunk drivers save money on taxes so they can buy more beer.”
-Something accountants never hear.
“How does it feel knowing you sell hardware to criminals?”
-Questions the guy at Home Depot doesn’t have to answer at social gatherings.
Continue reading “Because I Love It.”
“What do you think about Making a Murderer?” By the end of December I had to answer that question several times a week. The answer was, of course, “I don’t know.” I hadn’t really planned to watch another criminal trial documentary.
I don’t own the remote, though. I bought the remote. Paid for it with my own money, even. I don’t get to touch it in any substantive way other than passing it over to The Boss, though.
Now I’ve seen the whole series. People are still asking me what I think about it. I still don’t know if he is “really innocent” or guilty. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter. Continue reading “Making a Murderer: Did Steven Avery Actually Do It?”
I’ve struggled with Windypundit’s possession post. If you’re not keeping pace, last week he brought up an interesting scenario (or two) resulting in people innocently going about their business but somehow obtaining items it’s illegal to possess. I took a stab at giving what I thought would be decent advice based on the scenarios presented (and also tried to explain the reasoning).
It wasn’t particularly easy, but many things in the world of criminal defense aren’t.
The shame of Draughn’s legal problems isn’t really the absurdity of possession crimes, though. While the hypotheticals do a great job highlighting that absurdity, the root of their difficulty is in a couple of much more pervasive aspects of the system. Continue reading “Ponderings on Possession, Part Two.”