Category Archives: law and politics

MISBEHAVING MILITARY

The recent news is filled with the misbehavior of several U.S. military leaders.  Apparently their sexual assaults have occurred at an epidemic frequency. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York introduced legislation to change the way allegations of sexual assault are … Continue reading

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12 years a slave then and now

The film 12 Years a Slave is a valuable work of art.  Telling the story of a free black man who, in the 1840’s, is captured and forced into bondage, it has a good script and flexible dialogue.  Its direction … Continue reading

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2ND KNOX CONVICTION

The Italian legal system has disgraced itself again.  The Amanda Knox case has long been an international travesty.  Tainted from the start by a botched police investigation and prosecutorial misconduct, it led to a first conviction.  When this was corrected … Continue reading

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A YEAR AFTER NEWTOWN

A year after the Newtown school was devastated by a gunman, our state and federal governments have still failed to address gun violence.  New York passed a gun law targeting mentally ill patients.  In Congress, a gun control law was … Continue reading

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RYAN FERGUSON

I work as a criminal defense attorney.  Recently I pretried a case with a judge.  We were standing up at the bench, and the assistant D.A. and judge were giving their opinions on what time the defendant should do.  The … Continue reading

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LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER: A REVIEW

I saw Lee Daniels’ The Butler over Labor Day weekend.  The film has been given much hoopla by its producers, the Weinsteins, who are veterans in the push for Academy Awards.  But the strong cast justified the publicity.  Forest Whitaker … Continue reading

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FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES

They say that bad facts make bad laws.  One weekend in the 1980’s, Tip O’Neill, then Speaker of the House, heard of the sudden death of a famous basketball player.  The athlete had died of drugs.  In quick response to … Continue reading

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TOWARD A POLITICAL THEATRE

Theatre artists generally have mixed feelings when it comes to plays with political topics.  So much of political art is badly done.  Many writers and painters assume that their art will be compelling merely because it tackles political issues.  They … Continue reading

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ZIMMERMAN AFTERMATH

Much of the talk since the George Zimmerman verdict has been on Florida’s stand your ground law.  Some people dispute that the statute played a part in the verdict.  Actually, it did, as it sets up a self-defense as a … Continue reading

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MENTAL ILLNESS AS A TARGET

Newtown’s mass killer Adam Lanza destroyed his hard drive before he took his weapons to the school.  Police have tried to have this hard drive repaired in an effort to reconstruct  Lanza’s state of mind.  But his state of mind … Continue reading

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