Death Penalty

  • David Schwimmer

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.22.14

    * Florida Judge Cynthia Imperato was “devastated” after a jury found her guilty of DUI and reckless driving charges, but we imagine the judge may be more devastated by the fact that she’s a sitting judge who’s been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest. [Florida Sun Sentinel]

    * David Schwimmer, best known for his role as Ross on Friends, has been cast as lawyer Robert Kardashian in an O.J. Simpson true crime television miniseries. He surely knows it’ll take a lot of “unagi” to play the role just right. [Rolling Stone]

    * If you have to debt finance your J.D., you’re going to in for a rude awakening when you graduate and the loans start coming due. FYI, “lot[s] of graduates [are] buried in private student loan debt with not enough income to repay it.” [Forbes]

    * The parents of James Holmes, who’s better known as the alleged shooter in the Aurora movie theater massacre, have begged for him to be spared the death penalty ahead of his trial, but prosecutors say that in this case, “justice is death.” [Denver Post]

    * When it comes to Russia, “[a] lot of firms are thinking about pulling out.” That’s what she would’ve said if she were a managing partner. Biglaw firms that have been rocked by the ruble’s ruin are telling lawyers to leave before they’re laid off. [Am Law Daily]

    * Binder & Binder, the National Social Security Disability Advocates® whose late-night TV commercials you’ve grown to love, has filed for bankruptcy. The firm’s headcount will likely drop by more than half because of this. Yikes! [WSJ Law Blog]

    26 Comments / / Dec 22, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • lightsaber

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.18.14

    * 3D printing and lightsabers and intellectual property. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Speaking of IP law, let’s talk Santa Claus and intellectual property. [Trademark & Copyright Law Blog / Foley Hoag LLP]

    * “ExamExtensionGate” stirs up conservatives, but also a lot of liberal to moderate Boomers, because… “Lazy Millennials!” Forgetting of course that law students in the 1960s did the exact same thing. But those were mostly white kids talking about Vietnam, so it’s like… different, man. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * If you’re excited to hear this year’s annual report on the federal judiciary and can’t hardly wait until Chief Justice Roberts unleashes it upon the world, perhaps you can sate your appetite with this prebuttal. [Fix the Court]

    * The Texas judge who kicked a lawyer out of court for thoughtlessly appearing with a broken leg has earned the ire of the Dallas legal community. [Legal Juice]

    * More than 70 years later, a judge concludes that South Carolina shouldn’t have executed a 14-year-old based on a one-day trial. Took ya long enough. [WTOP]

    * Interesting academic piece on Muslims in the Antebellum South. In other news, there were Muslims in the Antebellum South. [The Faculty Lounge]

    5 Comments / / Dec 18, 2014 at 5:40 PM
  • lethal injection

    Death Penalty, Deaths, Health Care / Medicine, Politics, Suicide

    If Oregon Can Give Death With Dignity, Why Can’t Death Row?

    The idealized version of euthanasia is comforting, but it might not measure up to reality.

    49 Comments / / Nov 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM
  • internet address

    American Bar Association / ABA, Death Penalty, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.10.14

    * Huge Net Neutrality development: President Obama believes the FCC should reclassify the Internet as a utility. Will his three appointees listen to him? [Vox]

    * Rick Springfield’s butt faces retrial. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar is recommending the sale of Charleston Law School to InfiLaw. Well, now we should feel secure in knowing this is a great plan. [TaxProf Blog]

    * An interview with famed mob lawyer turned mayor, Oscar Goodman. [Coverage Opinions]

    * In Alabama, if a jury misbehaves and doesn’t sentence a murderer to the death penalty, the judge has full power to overrule them. Delightful. [The New Yorker]

    * A white former prosecutor has to work really, really hard to get himself arrested, along the way exposing just how racially stilted the criminal justice system is. [The Atlantic]

    10 Comments / / Nov 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Jodi Arias

    Barack Obama, Biglaw, Death Penalty, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Sentencing Law, Supreme Court, Trials

    Morning Docket: 10.21.14

    * When asked what his favorite SCOTUS decision was during his POTUS tenure, Obama said it was the high court’s cert denials on the gay marriage cases. Well played, sir. [Wall Street Journal]

    * “Leverage has started to shift away from law firms.” Despite the fact that their headcounts are rising, Biglaw firms are downsizing office space as rents keep climbing higher. [Am Law Daily]

    * Schools are trying to slap lipstick on the pig that legal education has become amid an “anemic job market.” We bet your law school has some shiny new innovations too. [News Observer]

    * Citing the fact that “the courts do not exist to win popularity contests,” a judge sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison. Serious question: Will he be allowed to bring his prosthetic legs? [New York Times]

    * Nancy Grace and her friends have pitchforks at the ready because Jodi Arias’s penalty phase retrial begins today, and another jury will decide if she deserves to die for murdering her boyfriend. [Reuters]

    28 Comments / / Oct 21, 2014 at 8:53 AM
  • Joe Freeman Britt won't forgive murder. Or, apparently, people who DON'T commit murder.

    Antonin Scalia, Crime, Death Penalty, Quote of the Day

    Discredited Death Penalty Prosecutor Doubles Down, Hurls Insults At Successor

    Joe Freeman Britt won’t forgive murder. Or, apparently, people who DON’T commit murder.

    9 Comments / / Sep 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM
  • Scalia smug

    Antonin Scalia, Death Penalty, Quote of the Day, Supreme Court

    Justice Scalia Forced To Eat Crow For His Own Smugness

    Justice Scalia snarked at Justice Blackmun. It turns out Justice Blackmun was right.

    36 Comments / / Sep 3, 2014 at 1:02 PM
  • Wendy Davis

    Attorney Misconduct, Death Penalty, Legal Ethics, Politics, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Women's Issues

    What Do A Wendy Davis Campaign Ad And An Unusual SCOTUS Order Have In Common?

    When you make individuals means to your ends only, you become a farce, if not also a fraud.

    6 Comments / / Aug 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM
  • Jodi Arias

  • A summer associate livin' the life.

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Death Penalty, Job Searches, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Summer Associates

    Morning Docket: 08.04.14

    * All work and no play makes summer associates sad, but they had a really great time this year, what with the lucky law students attending Broadway shows, sporting events, and Russian cabarets. Sounds like fun! [Am Law Daily]

    * Alas, not everyone was getting wined and dined this summer. Some lawyers can’t even find a place to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal services sector lost ~200 jobs during the month of July. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * It may be the “worst time in the history of legal education to go to law school,” but because of new programs being launched, at least some of our recent graduates will be less screwed. [New York Times]

    * “The ABA is used as a whipping boy for standing in the way of innovation,” but soon it’ll vote on revisions to its accreditation standards. Welcome to the party, ABA, thanks for being late. [National Law Journal]

    * It took 15 doses of lethal injection drugs to execute Joseph Wood when it should’ve taken one. Don’t worry, it wasn’t cruel and unusual punishment — the Arizona Department of Corrections says so. [CNN]

    5 Comments / / Aug 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM
  • syringe lethal injection death penalty Above the Law legal tabloid

    Alex Kozinski, Crime, Death Penalty, Sentencing Law

    Is The Death Penalty Worth It?

    Can we stomach the splatter? Conservative columnist Tamara Tabo argues that the death penalty isn’t worth defending.

    29 Comments / / Jul 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM
  • Joseph Wood

    Death Penalty, Deaths, Quote of the Day

    Let’s Make Death Row Inmates Drink Bleach

    Would this be a viable alternative to lethal injections?

    31 Comments / / Jul 24, 2014 at 12:28 PM
  • Joe Francis

    Bankruptcy, Basketball, Biglaw, Cars, Death Penalty, Partner Issues, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 07.24.14

    * The day after the Supreme Court lifted a stay on Joseph Wood’s execution, it took nearly two hours for Arizona authorities to kill him using the very drug cocktail he contested on appeal. [New York Times]

    * So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu: Spencer Barasch, the lawyer at the center of some blowback due to his dealings with Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford, is now leaving Andrews Kurth. [Am Law Daily]

    * A dead body was found inside of this West Texas law firm, and the man who was pegged as a suspect claimed he lived at the firm, along with his recently deceased friend. This seems sketchy. [KCBD 11]

    * Suffolk Law is hosting a contest where students, coders, and entrepreneurs will try to figure out a way to hack the justice gap. Start by creating an app to help new lawyers earn a living wage. [BostInno]

    * Donald Sterling isn’t going to let the fact that he’s already involved in one contentious lawsuit about the L.A. Clippers stop him from filing another contentious lawsuit about the L.A. Clippers. [Bloomberg]

    * Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild infamy is in some trouble with the law. He just got hit with a $5,000 per day fine until he returns two luxury cars to the pornography company’s bankruptcy estate. [WSJ Law Blog]

    2 Comments / / Jul 24, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • The old law school ball and chain.

    Bankruptcy, Biglaw, California, Death Penalty, Federal Judges, Gay Marriage, Law Firm Mergers, Law Schools, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, State Judges, Student Loans, Supreme Court

    Morning Docket: 07.18.14

    * Now that a federal judge has classified California’s death penalty as unconstitutional, it’s only a matter of time before the issue reaches the Supreme Court. We have a feeling the justices will likely roll their eyes. [National Law Journal]

    * Word on the street is that Bingham McCutchen has got the urge to merge, and has apparently spoken to a handful of potential partners over the course of the past three months. We’ll have more on these developments later. [Reuters]

    * As it turns out, it was neither Wachtell Lipton nor Jenner & Block that managed to snag the coveted GM litigation oversight job. Nice work, Quinn Emanuel — you’re considered a “well-respected outside law firm.” [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Congrats, Flori-duh, you did something right. A state court judge has ruled that Florida’s ban on gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution in the latest post-Windsor victory for equality. Yay! [Bloomberg]

    * Thanks to their hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt, many graduates are considering declaring bankruptcy. Too bad most won’t be able to get their loans discharged. [Connecticut Law Tribune]

    6 Comments / / Jul 18, 2014 at 9:03 AM
  • Amal Alamuddin

    California, Celebrities, Cellphones, Constitutional Law, Death Penalty, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Law Schools, Military / Military Law, Money, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.17.14

    * There’s a very good chance that if you go in-house, you could wind up making more money than even the wealthiest of Biglaw partners. But how much more? Take a look at the latest GC compensation survey. [Corporate Counsel]

    * GM has hired outside counsel to review the way the company handles its litigation practices. Since we’re not sure which, we’ll take bets on whether this “well-respected outside law firm” is Wachtell or Jenner & Block. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A federal judge in California ruled that the state’s death penalty was unconstitutional. A defendant living with the “slight possibility of death” violates the Eighth Amendment. Damn appeals! [New York Times]

    * “He hasn’t been charged with anything at the moment and we’ll deal with the charges when they’re filed.” Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl hired Yale Law lecturer Eugene R. Fidell, a military law expert (and husband of noted legal journalist Linda Greenhouse). [New Haven Register]

    * We all know that George Clooney’s fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, has both beauty and brains. What we didn’t know is that she poses for incredibly embarrassing pictures, just like the rest of us. [Us Weekly]

    * How do Americans feel about the Supreme Court’s recent cellphone privacy ruling, Riley v. California? [Digital Constitution / Microsoft]

    3 Comments / / Jul 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM
  • Trump-for-Prez

    Books, Canada, Death Penalty, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.14

    * Donald Trump slapped with sanctions. [South Florida Lawyers]

    * The very, very, very long arm of Canadian jurisdiction. [Slate]

    * Alafair Burke, author of All Day and a Night (affiliate link), lists her favorite “lawyers are people too” books. In other words, fiction. [Omnivoracious]

    * The latest assault on Hillary Clinton — dusting off an old story about a particularly nasty case where she served as a court-appointed attorney — is the latest in a string of political attacks on the foundation of the criminal defense system. [Washington Post]

    * Tomorrow, the Family Violence Appellate Project is throwing a battle of the bands! “Banding Together To End Domestic Violence” features bands from law firms and businesses competing at San Francisco’s 1015 Folsom club. Voting is “Chicago-style,” with each vote $1. Buy tickets and submit “votes” at their website. [Family Violence Appellate Project]

    * Professor Glenn Cohen of Harvard Law appeared on Rachel Maddow last night to discuss whether or not doctors should participate in executions. I guess no one would be around to complain about the six-month-old issue of People in the waiting area. Video below. [Rachel Maddow Show]

    0 Comments / / Jun 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
  • Godzilla

    Death Penalty, Education / Schools, Election Law, Non-Sequiturs, Rape, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.23.14

    Ed. note: Above the Law will not be publishing on Monday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

    * Who cleans up after Godzilla rolls into town? I figure it’s Damage Control. [The Legal Geeks]

    * So we all know University of Texas Law admits politically-connected students with bad grades and scores. But did you know they let in someone with a 128 on the LSAT? ONE. TWENTY. EIGHT. [Watchdog.org]

    * Do we even need the Supreme Court? Well, that’s one way to get RBG to retire. [Huffington Post]

    * Seriously, the Boston Public School system is eliminating its history department. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Yesterday I talked about a devastating takedown of the latest National Review article contending that sexual assault is no big deal. Perhaps I crowned a champion too soon, because this is an even better whipping of that article. [Concurring Opinions]

    * Wait, ID laws ultimately suppress voter turnout? What a surprise! [Election Law Blog]

    * The last word in the death penalty debate after the jump… [The Onion]

    4 Comments / / May 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM
  • Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

    Biglaw, Books, Death Penalty, Education / Schools, Kids, Law Schools, Mergers and Acquisitions, Morning Docket, Real Estate, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 05.09.14

    * If you want to become a Supreme Court justice, you can start by attending one of these three schools. The schools that produced the most justices are Harvard Law, Yale Law, and Columbia Law. [TIME]

    * Many of the transactional practice areas that took a bruising during the height of the recession, like corporate work, M&A, real estate, and tax, seem to be coming back. Sorry litigators. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Following Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection, another death row inmate has been given a new lease on life — for the next six months — while an investigation is being carried out. [Associated Press]

    * Members of the defense team for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev not only want their client’s comments after arrest stricken from the record, but they also want the death penalty off the table. Good luck. [CNN]

    * A lawyer was arrested after a school board meeting because he complained for too long about a graphic sex scene in a book his daughter was assigned to read for school. That’s typical. [New York Daily News]

    18 Comments / / May 9, 2014 at 9:03 AM

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