I’ve sketched Chief Federal Public Defender A.J. Kramer many times over the years, but always in U.S. District Court where he defended those accused of highly publicized crimes in DC. Today was the first time I’ve seen him argue a case before the Supreme Court. He did a good job, but the cards are stacked against his client.
BTW, the case concerned the statute of limitations on a conspiracy charge and I just have to insert this bit of dialogue from Seinfeld episode #307, The Cafe.
Kramer: Anyway, it’s been two years. I mean isn’t there like statue of limitations on that?
Jerry: Statute of limitations. It’s not a statue.
Kramer: No, statue.
Jerry: Fine, it’s a sculpture of limitations.
Kramer: Just wait a minute…Elaine, Elaine! Now you’re smart, is it statue or statute of limitations?
Kramer: Oh, I really think you’re wrong.
The case is Smith v. United States