Cat-and-Mouse Games Close to My Heart

December 28, 2012 by

Since any statute of limitations has clearly expired, sharing the following information does not concern me: the scene is South Boston in the mid-fifties. Almost daily, my then-eight-year-old mom stopped in at Jennie’s local grocery store with my nana – but not for milk or eggs or bread. While my nana slipped into a back room with Jennie to lay a wager, my mom importantly took Jennie’s place at the check-out register, armed with instructions to let the ladies in the back know if anybody came into the store looking for Jennie. My mom was aiding and abetting a numbers […] More...
 

Reeling in Prior Bad Act Evidence

December 18, 2012 by

The recent passing of Larry Hagman, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the conniving, unfaithful J.R. Ewing on the nighttime soap opera “Dallas,” Larry Hagman dead at 81 on USAToday.com caused me to once again think about the difference between the Ru le 404(b) I learned in law school and the Rule 404(b) I frequently encounter in the real world. I associate J.R. and Rule 404(b) because one recurring story line in the show depicted J.R. being caught philandering by Sue Ellen, his long-suffering wife, near the end of a season and earnestly promising to be forever faithful. [For […] More...
 

My Blog is Live

December 14, 2012 by

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The Supremes Take On Gay Marriage

December 12, 2012 by

I hated Con Law in law school. It wasn’t the results that I minded so much. At the time we were still in the afterglow of the Warren Court’s expansion of individual rights. The Court was in sync with the civil rights movement. It had recently struck down, for example, the laws prohibiting racial intermarriage that were still on the books in sixteen states. What I hated about Con Law was the attempt by professors to explain Supreme Court decisions as the logical application of legal principles, when it was pretty clear many were just result oriented political decisions. Ideology cloaked as legal reasoning. If you wanted to strike down a state law on equal protection grounds, you applied strict scrutiny. If you didn’t, you applied a rational relationship test. More...
 

Can the Law Catch Up with Technology?

November 27, 2012 by

In April of this year I had coffee with a neighbor I was interviewing for an article in the Dilworth Quarterly, a neighborhood newsletter for which I contribute occasional feature pieces. Like most of my coffee dates with interview subjects, we swapped stories, found some common ground, and fig ured out a way to bring a Dilworth aspect to the piece, which was a little challenging since the article’s focus was my neighbor’s highly touted and recently published biography of General David Petraeus. Yes, it was coffee with Paula Broadwell, and needless to say, since my interview and article profiling […] More...