The Uphill Slide

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10/16/2017
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Good Law? Bad Law?

Korematsu v. United States http://www.wnyc.org/story/american-pendulum-fred From 33:50 to 39:10 in this podcast is a portion of the interview with Richard Posner, a now retired judge for the United States Court of Appeals on the Seventh Circuit. “…And by the way, do … Continue reading

09/18/2017
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That’s Asinine!

“That’s asinine,” I texted. It was. Nonsense. But the rule-setters thought it was sensible. “Asinine.” The word of my day. Flair with a wisp of crudeness. Insulting. Joking. Use your head! Asinine. The story Jacob’s accuser told of that first … Continue reading

09/04/2017
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Truth or Dare

My stomach flip-flopped as I climbed the steps at the Allegheny County Courthouse almost two months ago. The vise was tightening. Psychological torture. Control device. Others call it rehabilitation and just a monitoring tool. Just a difference of opinion? This … Continue reading

06/20/2017
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Call Me For A Hung Jury

I felt sure (at least certain of something) it was coming after the jury’s first declaration of deadlock. Not acquittal but mistrial. Questions about reasonable doubt and consent meant disagreement about verdict. Finally, no swaying of diverging opinion. What can … Continue reading

04/26/2017
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Righteous Justice?

Years never expressing an opinion of the death penalty. “Thou shalt not kill” I was taught though that seemed incongruous with “An eye for an eye”. The death penalty was legal and then it wasn’t and then it was. The … Continue reading

03/11/2017
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Enough Injustice to Go Around

It’s not just the wrongfully convicted and their family that pays for that injustice. Read Jeannette Popp’s story about how she felt to find the wrong men were convicted of her daughter’s murder. Then she faced the real killer.