If recent efforts from federal prosecutors are any indication, one of the most dangerous criminal profiles in America includes some or all of the following: white, male, libertarian, computer-savvy, critical of the status quo.
The internet can be a dark and scary place full of bullies and hatred — so you can only imagine the garbage spewed at Judge Katherine Forrest after she threw the book at Ross Ulbricht of Silk Road infamy.
* Silk Road’s Ross Ulbricht found guilty. [Law360
* Valentine’s Day gifts for lawyers. [Law and More]
* “7 Things You Only Find Out as a Lawyer to the Poor.” [Cracked]
* On the day high school athletes sign away their futures, this article explains that law school is almost as bad when it comes to transfers. [Inside Higher Ed]
* Win your case… still lose your license. [Associated Press via Philly.com]
* Should law professors serve as both parties and counsel on amicus briefs? An interesting question of ivory towerness. [Josh Blackman’s Blog]
* The duty to vaccinate: or not all libertarians are as crazy as Rand Paul. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]
* Who’s the meanest Supreme Court justice of all time? Science has the answer and it’s not Justice Scalia… [Eric Posner]
* Following the ridiculous arrest of a public defender for the egregious act of defending her client, some California lawyers are raising money to send copies of the Constitution to the SFPD. Silly lawyers, the cops understand the Constitution, they just don’t care. But still a commendable protest set piece that could keep the local media on the case. [Indiegogo]
* An interview with Steven Browne of Morgan Lewis on how the merger/non-merger with Bingham McCutchen is working out. The answer is pretty well except for some associates expecting a decent bonus. [Forbes]
* Uh oh. Emails suggest that Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht hired a Hell’s Angels hitman. The takeaway here is that there are Hell’s Angels running on Bitcoin now. [Gawker Internet]
* Are you learning how to speak Arabic? Then you’re probably a terrorist. [Lowering the Bar]
* In a mind-blowingly stupid move, Florida’s legislature legalized teen sexting while trying to ban it. It’s almost as dumb as that time they legalized just shooting people on the street if you get scared. [Slate]
* Mary Holland, a “Graduate Legal Skills Program Research Scholar” at NYU Law, goes on CNN as their representative anti-vaxxer. As an NYU Law alum, this worried me until I noticed she got her law degree from Columbia. Now it all makes sense. [YouTube]
* A bitter rejection of corporate-speak. Ha. Good luck. I’m at LegalTech and expect to hear the word “synergy” about 20,000 times over the next 48 hours. [What About Clients?]
The criminal trial began with a surprising admission… and then took off from there.
How is technology shaping the world in which we live, affecting legal and illegal activities alike? Some thoughts from Jason Thomas of Thomson Reuters.
Don’t the feds know the Dread Pirate Roberts is just looking for true love.