Category Archives: Legal System

Not So Simple Explanation

I don’t have time at the moment to capture my thoughts about the response to Aaron Swartz’s suicide, but I’m offended by the popular simple-minded explanation for his death: the government was prosecuting him, he committed suicide, therefore the government … Continue reading

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“The Puppet’s Court”

A federal court in Cleveland is hearing corruption charges against former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.  TV cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. Nevertheless a local TV station is broadcasting trial excerpts–by having puppets recite actual testimony. Brilliant idea. … Continue reading

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Patent Abuse

In When Patents Attack!–truly a great title–This American Life devotes an hour to uses and abuses of software patents, focusing on Intellectual Ventures, a Silicon Valley company that exists to acquire and enforce patents through litigation.  Outsiders view Intellectual Ventures as … Continue reading

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Don’t Do Drugs in Glynn County

The next podcast is This American Life’s Very Tough Love, which originally aired on March 25 of this year. The entire episode deals with the drug court in Glynn County, Georgia, run by Judge Amanda Williams.  No doubt Judge Williams … Continue reading

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Proof versus Right

Yesterday’s class on contract law prompted a number of students to ask variations on the same question:  why does the law allow oral contracts?  Wouldn’t one of the parties just lie in court about the contract’s terms?  You can restate … Continue reading

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Definitive Kagan Analysis

It’s Kagan-All-The-Time in legal periodical world.  I’ve been impressed with her since hearing Kagan speak at a few conferences.  She’s a good choice for the Court, and I think she’ll be approved.  She is smart, personable, comfortable in her own skin, … Continue reading

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To Be 19 and Ignorant

Texas community college freshman Kelsey Gloston did not want to fulfill jury duty.  Called with 59 other prospective jurors to federal court in Houston, Gloston ignored the summons.  When the court clerk called to ask where she was Gloston blamed … Continue reading

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