Month: March 2010

No Jail Time For Arenas

The government had asked Judge Morin to sentence the Wizards’ Gilbert Arenas (seen here seated while his attorney Kenneth Wainstein addresses the judge) to three months in prison for bringing handguns into the Verizon Center locker room.  The judge instead

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This Week’s Drawings

I took a couple of commissions this week from lawyers arguing before the Supreme Court.  The drawings are unfinished.  I plan to use watercolors, instead of my usual markers, to add color.  Both cases were argued Monday morning, March 22.

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Jihad Jane Pleads Not Guilty

Colleen LaRose, who allegedly used the screen names “Jihad Jane” and “Fatima Rose” on Internet postings where she pledged to commit murder in the name of Jihad, appeared cheerful as she greeted her public defenders at her arraignment in a

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The Trend Toward Anonymous Juries

When former congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson stood trial in Alexandria last summer sketching the jury was not permitted.  Three decades earlier, at the bribery trial of congressman “Dapper” Dan Flood, the “jury-shot” was a standard among the images an

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Second Amendment, Round Two

Lawyers, journalists and spectators, some of whom camped out in front of the Supreme Court over 26 hours, packed the courtroom as the Justices heard the second Second Amendment case in two years (that’s a lot of twos!).   In Heller

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Problems With Enron Voir Dire?

Former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling’s Supreme Court appeal made two arguments: that the honest-services law is too vague, and that jury selection was too cursory. Most of the hour of arguments was spent on the questioning of the potential jurors.

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Justices Dismiss Uighurs Appeal

In October 2008 U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the release of 17 Uighur detainees from Guantanamo into the U.S.  That of course never happen as the order was immediately appealed by the government.  The DC Circuit ruled that only

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