Year: 2011

Roger Clemens Jury Selection Completed : 2 Men, 10 Women

Opening statements in the star pitcher’s perjury trial are expected Wednesday morning. The governments lead-off witnesses are expected to be House Parliamentarian Charles Johnson & committee staffer Phil Barnet, which should make for an interesting cross-examination since the defense is

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Seeking Reporter’s Testimony Government Cites Casey Anthony Trial

Arguing that that a reporter’s direct testimony about his source, in this case former CIA agent Jeffrey Alexander Sterling who has been charged under the Espionage Act of sharing classified information with NYT reporter James Risen, is important in obtaining

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Warming Up for a Major League Perjury Trial

In a motions hearing the day before jury selection is to begin in the trial of baseball living legend Roger Clemens the judge indicated that he may restrict the testimony of teammate Andy Pettitte and two others.  Judge Reggie Walton

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30 Years is Better Than 385, I Guess

The government had asked for a prison sentence of 385 years for Lee Farkas, former chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., who was recently convicted in a $3 billion mortgage fraud scheme that also caused the collapse of Colonial

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Violent Videos and Arizona Campaign Finance

Citing Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Homer and Dante, as well as Golding’s Lord of the Flies, in his opinion for the majority Justice Scalia said that violent speech, in this case video games, even when directed at children is still protected

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Today’s Opinion Sketches

The Supreme Court announced six opinions today.  I have sketches of four of those opinions being read by their authors :  Justice Ginsburg had the the opinions in two cases, Bullcoming v. New Mexico and CSX v. McBride. Justice Thomas,

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Class Action and Global Warming

As the Supreme Court comes into the final stretch of the term opinions on some of the eagerly awaited bigger cases are coming down.   Today Justice Scalia delivered the opinion in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the largest ever class-action suit.  Brought

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Children and Miranda

Justice Sotomayor : “It is beyond dispute that children will often feel bound to submit to police questioning when an adult in the same circumstances would feel free to leave.” The case is J.D.B. v. North Carolina. AP story here.

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NSA Whistleblower Escapes Espionage Charges

NSA computer specialist Thomas Drake, shown above with his attorneys in court this morning, was facing felony charges under the Espionage Act for sharing information about the spy agency’s awarding of the billion dollar Trailblazer program to an outside contractor.

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$290 Million Ruling Against Microsoft

Justice Sotomayor read her opinion for the Court in the patent-law case, Microsoft v. i4i Limited Partnership, which upheld the lower court judgement against the software giant. The reaction in Redmond? : “Check under the couch cushions and pay them”.

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