Law

Rolling Stone Loses

Featured image A jury in Virginia has found Rolling Stone magazine and its reporter Sabrina Erdely liable for defamation in connection with Erdely’s now-refuted story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The plaintiff in the case is university dean Nicole Eramo, who was portrayed as callous in Erdely’s article. The verdict would have been more satisfying if it had been on behalf of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and »

Supreme Court takes on the issue of who pees where

Featured image The Supreme Court announced last week that it will decide (or try to) whether the Obama administration may require public school districts, as a condition of receiving federal funding, to let transgender students use restrooms that don’t correspond with their anatomical sex. The case in question involves Gavin Grimm, who is a girl anatomically but “identifies” as a boy and thus wishes to use the boys’ room at her (or, »

Acquittal in Oregon

Featured image I don’t believe we have commented on the acquittal in Oregon of Ammon Bundy and six others who engaged in an armed takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge. The acquittal strikes me as a victory for lawlessness. I agree with Mark Heckert of the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, who stated: Negotiating at the barrel of a gun is not a rural value; that’s just intimidation. It emboldens these guys who »

Kane can do this: 10-23 months

Featured image We tuned in to the saga of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) in three 2014 posts: “Culture of corruption,” followed by “Culture of corruption update” and “Philadelphia four run for reelection.” We followed up last year in “Kane cant.” Kane appeared to me to be guilty of questionable professional conduct that she defended through the deployment of race and sex cards. Having killed an investigation of black Philadelphia »

Judge finds Brown failed to give due process to student accused of sexual assualt

Featured image William Smith, the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, has ruled in favor of a Brown University student who was suspended for two years for an alleged sexual assault. Judge Smith ruled that the student did not receive due process. The judge found several defects in the procedures by which Brown tossed the student. For one thing, Brown told the student he would »

Why did the DOJ back Cheryl Mills’ specious privilege claims?

Featured image Shannen Coffin sees Cheryl’s Mill’s participation in Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview as “Exhibit A for those who wonder whether [the] interview was all for show.” Count me among those wondering, all the more so after reading Coffin’s piece. Writing in the Weekly Standard, Coffin explains: Mills was hip-deep in the events at the heart of the FBI’s criminal investigation and was herself a material witness who had previously sat for »

Judicial Watch submits questions for Hillary to answer under oath [Updated]

Featured image Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan granted Judicial Watch additional discovery on the Hillary Clinton email matter. As a result, Clinton was ordered to answer written questions from Judicial Watch “by no later than thirty days” after their submission. Under federal court rules, Judicial Watch is limited to twenty-five questions. Today, Judicial Watch announced that it has submitted the questions to Clinton. You can read the questions »

Islamist preacher convicted in Britain

Featured image Anjem Choudary, the British hate-spewing Islamic preacher, has been found guilty of supporting Islamic State. He faces up to ten years of prison time. Choudary will be familiar to some of our readers. He used to appear on Fox News talk shows to defend the actions of terrorists. Often with a smile. Or was it a smirk? Choudary was convicted at the Old Bailey. Jurors heard testimony that he swore »

When a lawyer is past his sell-by date

Featured image Here are some signs that a lawyer is past his sell-by date (I speak from personal experience.) You begin to regard calls from clients as intrusions. You become irritated too easily during depositions. Reading judicial opinions used to be fun but now you sometimes find yourself asking ‘what do I care what this hack thinks?’. And here’s one I hadn’t thought of: you tweet to help think through a legal »

Larry Tribe violates professional responsibility in attempt to harm Trump

Featured image Yesterday, Larry Tribe tweeted: “I have notes of when Trump phoned me for legal advice in 1996. I’m now figuring out whether our talk was privileged.” There is nothing to figure out. Except in extraordinary situations, a lawyer cannot reveal “information relating to the representation of a client” unless the client gives informed consent or the disclosure is impliedly authorized in order to carry out the representation. A lawyer’s dislike »

Kane can’t

Featured image We tuned in to the saga of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane (a Democrat) in three 2014 posts: “Culture of corruption,” followed by “Culture of corruption update” and “Philadelphia four run for reelection.” We followed up last year in “Kane cant.” Kane appeared to me to be guilty of questionable professional conduct that she defended through the deployment of race and sex cards. Having killed an investigation of black Philadelphia »

The ABA sets forth a de facto speech code for lawyers

Featured image The American Bar Association has long been a leftist outfit. So it’s not surprising to see its leftism manifested in a new provision in the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct — rules that, as Eugene Volokh says, have been adopted by many states as binding on lawyers practicing there. Here is the new provision: It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to . . . engage in conduct that »

Clock Boy’s family brings dubious lawsuit

Featured image The family of “Clock Boy,” Ahmed Mohamed, has filed a lawsuit against his former Texas school district, the principal of the high school he used to attend, and the city of Irving, Texas. Readers will recall that young Mohamed was arrested for a short period of time after he brought a suspicious-looking homemade clock to class. School officials worried that it might be a bomb. No charges were brought against »

Why she should have faced the music

Featured image You know why Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted. FBI Director James Comey laid out the factual predicate in his press conference announcing his findings and his recommendation against prosecution. Forrmer Attorney General Michael Mukasey concisely explains the legal basis for concluding that Comey erred in the brief interview below with AEI’s Marc Thiessen. Watching the video may set you back if you have anger management issues, but it is »

Supreme Court overturns Robert McDonnell’s conviction

Featured image In its final decision of the term, the Supreme Court today unanimously overturned the public corruption conviction of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell. The court stated that it has no opinion as to whether McDonnell should be retried under the stricter standard (described below) it imposed for these kinds of cases. I have mixed feelings about the outcome, but I agree with the decision. You don’t have to be the »

Officer Goodson acquitted on all counts

Featured image Caesar Goodson, Jr., the Baltimore police officer who allegedly gave Freddie Gray a “rough ride” that killed him, was acquitted today of all charges by Circuit Judge Barry Williams. The decision probably means that all of the officers being prosecuted in the Gray matter will be found not guilty (assuming charges aren’t dropped). Judge Williams had already acquitted Edward Nero. Taken together, the judge’s rulings seem to imply that, in »

Divided Supreme Court upholds blockage of Obama’s executive amnesty

Featured image By a 4-4 vote, the Supreme Court today let stand a lower court decision blocking President Obama’s executive action that would have made roughly five million illegal immigrants eligible for legal status and work permits. This result kills Obama’s executive amnesty, though because of the split vote, it might successfully be revived in the future. The Court rendered its decision succinctly. It just said: “The judgment is affirmed by an »