The Hundreds Who Will Follow Tyre Nichols
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by SHG
2d ago
As there always are, there will be apologists who will try to explain away a murder. They didn’t mean to kill him, but only beat him to a pulp to show him who’s boss? He should complied harder and then they wouldn’t have killed him? Don’t lie to yourself. Tyre Nichols ran because his options were try to survive or die. When that’s the only option given a person, he has every right to try to survive. No one is going to willingly sacrifice his life to you whatever sick compulsion you have to use your force for whatever twisted needs of power you suffer. Many will go on about what was wrong here ..read more
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Seaton: The Slapfight
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by Chris Seaton
3d ago
A crowd gathered at Garage 16 on a cold January night in Mud Lick. The air was thick with the smell of booze and cigarettes, a change from the normal odors of oil and machinery. The crowd surrounded the shop floor and all but four men stayed out of a ring drawn around the floor. Inside the white circle was a barrel. Atop the barrel sat a small flip chart capable of displaying the numbers 00-99. “Warming up” in their own unique ways in the circle were Stan and George Cocke, the Cocke Boys. The pair spent the afternoon drinking and watching videos of something called “Slap Fighting” on YouTube ..read more
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The Fool’s Guide To Person-First
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by SHG
3d ago
Years ago, I came to the realization that calling my client “the defendant” rather than by his name fed into his dehumanization. He wasn’t a person, but a defendant. Similarly, I never called the prosecution “the People,” as was stylized in the caption in New York state courts. They were “the government,” or perhaps “the district attorney” or “the prosecution,” because the jury was “the people.” I have no clue whether it actually changed anything, but I believed it to be the right thing to do, so I did it. Since then, it’s spiraled out to others, to everyone, under the name “person-first” lang ..read more
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Is A Unanimous Jury Too Much To Ask For Death?
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by SHG
4d ago
As Judge Peter Kubota ordered the shackles removed from Ian Schweitzer, who served 23 years for a murder and sexual assault DNA evidence showed he likely didn’t commit, perhaps the foremost reason this was possible is because Schweitzer wasn’t put to death. Sure, the Innocence Project, DNA, the cooling of mindless passion and lessons learned about jailhouse snitches, all helped. But if he was dead, then so what? Despite involving, as seems obvious in retrospect, every failed trope of bad evidence and prejudice, he was doomed from the start because it was a high profile murder and someone neede ..read more
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Tuesday Talk*: Are Sponsorships The Next Title IX Violation?
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by SHG
6d ago
When the NCAA was compelled to allow college athletes to enjoy million dollar sponsorships for their name, image and endorsement, many applauded that the students would finally be allowed to partake of the bounty that had previously gone only to their colleges. Yay? Well, kinda, but for the fact that the bounty wouldn’t be distributed equitably. To most of us, this was so obvious that it was accepted as a given. Star athletes would make big bucks. Lesser athletes, less, if anything. Meritocracy would vote with its wallet, as it should. But what of the age-old sport conundrum, that women don’t ..read more
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In Loco Parentis
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by SHG
1w ago
While I’m sure they exist, I can’t imagine a parent who believes that someone else, someone at school, would make better choices for their child than they would. Yet, parents believe that schools should be empowered to make decisions for other people’s children because they will make the decisions for other people’s children that they believe should be made. Not their children, but other people’s children, when the parents might not make the choices they would make for their own. They, the parents who believe schools should be empowered to make decisions for other people’s children, are f ..read more
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A.I. For The Defense
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by SHG
1w ago
When Joshua Browder came up with the idea for DoNotPay, a chatbot to walk defendants through the basic handling of parking tickets, it had its merits. After all, many defendants were unable to afford a lawyer to represent them, and the offenses were infractions, not crimes, so the cost of failure was low. And frankly, most defendants lacked the focus and knowledge to handle their defense adequately, no less competently, so any help that guided people down a reasonably sound path was better than nothing. Then he got more ambitious. How to fill out repetitive forms, as with refugee applications ..read more
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What’s A SCOTUS Marshal To Do?
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by SHG
1w ago
It’s understandable that people are dissatisfied with the report of Supreme Court Marshal Gail Curley’s investigation into who leaked the draft Dobbs decision. After all, it came up empty as to the Court’s staff, and left out any discussion of the very people who so many truly thought, and passionately wanted, to be the culprit. After the reaction to the report reached fevered pitch, Curley released a separate statement to calm the savage beast. While generically responsive, it highlighted two things. First, the justices were not treated the same as everyone else. Second, the depth of the inv ..read more
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Seaton Review: Night Court
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by Chris Seaton
1w ago
When Melissa Rauch, formerly “Bernadette” of the syndicated sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” announced her next project would be a reboot of “Night Court,” I raised an eyebrow. When Rauch announced she would be an executive producer in addition to starring in the series, I blinked a couple of times in surprise. Any fan of the original series that lasted over a decade will gladly tell you stepping into Harry Anderson’s chambers for Manhattan Criminal Court Part 2 is an extremely tall order for any actor. Which is why Rauch’s approach—calling this new series a “newboot”—works so well. In fact, two ..read more
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Short Take: In Baldwin’s Defense
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by SHG
1w ago
Is it any big surprise that Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter? Well, despite his inability to remain silent in the face of having killed someone, it is a surprise. He told detectives he had been assured the gun he was rehearsing with that day did not contain live ammunition, sat down for an extensive television interview, sought indemnification from financial liability in the case and then sued crew members on the film, claiming that they were responsible for handing him a loaded gun. Baldwin also told detectives that he didn’t pull the t ..read more
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