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Without Provocation

I was a juror in a case where a man was accused of attacking a cop who had pulled him over for a traffic violation. We convicted him because his story wasn’t believable for a number of reasons, one of which was his claim that the cop attacked him out of the blue without provocation. […]

Ugly Details Alleged in the Lima Drug Raid

Speaking of drug raids, a while back I posted about a raid in which the Lima, Ohio SWAT team killed Tarika Wilson. For that post, I was taken to task twice (here and here) by people who called me ignorant of police tactics. I’m sure they’re right, but that just doesn’t matter, because you don’t have […]

They Always Shoot the Dogs

Yet another pointless drug raid: “My government blew through my doors and killed my dogs,” Calvo said. “They thought we were drug dealers, and we were treated as such. I don’t think they really ever considered that we weren’t.” This time the victim is the Mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland, so this is getting a […]

Why People Hate Cops

I’m something of a libertarian, and libertarianism is about fighting big government. Usually when push comes to shove, it’s law enforcement officers who are the point of the government’s spear. So it would be easy to hate cops. I try not to, though. Most of the cops I know seem like pretty decent folks doing […]

The Trouble With Mortgage Bailouts

Moby Kip posts about the many, many problems with the home mortgage bailout bill, which seems to be designed to lure still more financially marginal families into home ownership. And for some reason it even includes a tax handout to a giant company that has nothing to do with the real estate business.

McCain To Lose

I know nothing about election politics, but I’ve decided to make a prediction for the Prognistication file anyway. I’m noticing that a lot of conservative coverage of Obama’s campaign is pointing out that he’s just another politician, he’s not divine, he has ties to Chicago politicians, or that some of his actions are politically motivated (in an […]

Are Illinois State Troopers Using Racial Profiling?

Rob at the 26th St. Bar Association is calling me out to post something about the statistics revealed in a report by the ACLU of Illinois about racial profiling by Illinois State Police. As Rob summarizes from the report: In essence, blacks are “asked” if it’s ok to look around their vehicle three times more […]

When the Justice Department Takes On a Corporation

Sometimes, when I read about federal law enforcement, it seems like they have magical superpowers that allow them to blow past any need to prove guilt in a courtroom. Congress has been passing so many criminal laws, and federal criminal procedure seems so slanted, that merely being investigated by the feds is the equivalent of […]

Jennifer At Six Corners

Well, I’m finished postprocessing the photos I took of Jennifer on Wednesday, and I think the photoshoot was a success. They’re not all beautiful, and they’re not as good as I’d like them to be, but I took them my way. This is the first step toward taking the kinds of photos I’d like to […]

Powers Lake

Some friends of ours have rented a house up at Powers Lake in Wisconsin for a month and they invited us to spend some time with them. Mostly, we sat around doing nothing, but I did get to take a few pictures of people on the lake, including this pair of photos taken 3 seconds […]

Non-Glamour

I did a photo shoot with a model named Jennifer a few days ago, and it’s weird how photography distorts things. I’ve seen her in person from just a couple of feet away, and she’s a pretty girl, but you couldn’t tell it from some of the photos I have here. Check out this one, […]

Why Music Downloads Suck

I hate Digital Rights Managed (DRM) music. For one thing, once I buy some music, I want to be able to move it to other devices or other computers without having to check with the rights management server every time. The other reason to hate DRM music is this: Yahoo e-mailed its Yahoo! Music Store […]

Drug-War Scum

Reason‘s Jacob Sullum points us to the story of New Orleans District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson’s new policy of inflating her felony prosecution statistics by charging minor marijuana offenders with felonies. Lousiana law allows second and following offenses to be charged as felonies, but hardly anyone ever did it before. In the comments section, Andrew quotes […]

Reviewing the Six Corners Model Shoot

I just took a quick look at the photos from Tuesday’s model shoot. As with the other three model shoots I’ve done, my initial impression doesn’t make me happy. It turns out that I took exactly 200 photos, and most of them aren’t very good. The first time that happened, it was horrifying: All that […]

Christian Bale Wants Privacy

Christian Bale, star of the latest Batman movie and the next Terminator movie, is accused of assaulting his mother and his sister in an incident at a hotel in London. He’s quoted in an AP wire story: “It’s a deeply personal matter,” Bale told The Associated Press at a news conference at a luxury hotel […]

Greenfield On the Lori Drew Dismissal Motion

New York Criminal Defense Lawyer Scott Greenfield has a fascinating examination of the dismissal motion in the Lori Drew prosecution. Drew is accused of helping her daughter set up fake MySpace page to trick a troubled young girl named Megan Meier into thinking she had made a new friend. Later, this “friend” turned mean and […]

A Model Shoot At Six Corners

I just finished a model shoot. I haven’t got any pictures yet, so if you were hoping for some cheesecake, this post will be a disappointment (I’m looking at you, Ken!) I just thought a few people might be interested in how this works, and besides, I need a break from all the law-and-order blogging. […]

Something Fishy About DNA Fingerprinting ?

There’s been some excitement among criminal defense bloggers such as Mr. Greenfield, Mr. Katz, and the Dude over a fascinating Los Angeles Times article about some strange search results in some of the major DNA databases. State crime lab analyst Kathryn Troyer was running tests on Arizona’s DNA database when she stumbled across two felons with […]

“The superman exists and he’s American.”

I just found out the Watchmen trailer is up at Empire Online. I’m not a super-fan of the comic, but I can understand why some people are. In its day, it must have been the most amazing thing ever. Some of the freshness has worn off now that we’ve seen its techniques used by more […]

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – A Review

Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in perfect form with this, his new internet project, a by-product of the recent writer’s strike. Dr. Horrible is a super-villain, bent on ruling the world and getting up the nerve to speak to the girl at the laundromat. Neil Patrick Harris (How I […]

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