Year: 2008

Abramoff Sentencing Sketches

I’m often asked how many sketches I do, and the answer is always ‘that depends’. It depends on how much time I have, and whether we’re talking about finished drawings or rough sketches. At the sentencing of Jack Abramoff this

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The Week That Was: The Senator & The Schlub

Sen. Ted Stevens was presumably campaigning in Alaska Wednesday while his lawyer, Brendan Sullivan was in a courtroom In Washington trying to persuade Judge Emmet Sullivan to move the Senator’s trial to his home state so that he could campaign

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Faux Rockefeller?

In Baltimore this weekend FBI agents arrested a fugitive charged with kidnapping his 7-year old daughter during a supervised visit in Boston a week ago, but that’s just the beginning. In a story that gets curiouser and curiouser it seems

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Judge Vows Detainee Cases “Resolved This Year”

At a second hearing this week resulting from the Supreme Court’s recent decision allowing Guantanamo Bay detainees to have their cases heard in civilian courts U.S. District Judge Richard Leon emphatically expressed his intent to move quickly. “The Supreme Court

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Habeas Hearings for Gitmo Detainees Begin

The ceremonial courtroom in Washington’s U.S. District Court was filled to capacity with more than 120 lawyers representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay, a dozen government lawyers, and various clerks, reporters and spectators. Another couple dozen lawyers for the detainees listened

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Scalia and Stevens Duke It Out

“It was an extraordinary 23-minute-long scene at the Supreme Court this morning as Justice Antonin Scalia read from his majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller and then Justice John Paul Stevens read from his unusually pointed dissent. Both cast aspersions

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Remembering Tim Russert

Tim was my boss.  After a terrible personal tragedy just about exactly a year ago he was one of the first persons to come by my office, close the door, and offer some words of comfort. I admired him and

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Is the drought over?

I don’t know if it’s because of the primaries, or the economy, but there has been little interest lately by the news media in covering the courts here in the DC area. Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision may, or may not,

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Theme of the Day: Death Penalty

Yesterday, April 15th, the Supreme Court appropriately delivered two tax related opinions.  Today, as they were about to hear arguments on a Louisiana law that permits the death penalty in cases of child rape, the Court announced their decision approving

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Historic Second Amendment arguments

The lines began Sunday evening. Today the Supreme Court was packed inside and ringed outside with demonstrators as the Justices heard arguments in a challenge to the DC handgun law – the toughest in the country. It’s been nearly seventy

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