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Michael Drake
Hollywood, CA
Musician in form, attorney in practice.
Interests: Philosophy. Law. Music. Fish in barrels.
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For the week of May 15, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Feds Drop Appeal of Fourth Amendment Ruling on Attachment of Webcam to... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of May 8, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Too Many People in Jail? Abolish Bail (New York Times Op-Ed) OIG... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of May 1, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Federal Sentencing Statistics 2014 (Sentencing Commission) Attorneys for another... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of April 24, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use New Sentencing Commission data reveal within-guideline sentences now rarer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of April 17, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Summary of 2015 Proposed Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines (Sentencing Resource Counsel)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of April 10, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use US Sentencing Commission votes to amend fraud guidelines (but not really "fix"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of April 3, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use From the Commission: New Quick Facts on Theft, Property... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of March 27, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | New Rules | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Prodded by state court ruling, California... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
It's not even really coherent, is it? We should employ torturous punishment, none of this bloodless justice stuff. But, you know, "[l]ocking up the wrong man for life isn't much better … than executing the wrong man."
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For the week of March 20, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Public Comment on Proposed Amendments for 2015 (Federal Defender Sentencing Guidelines Committee)... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of March 13, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use U.S. Sentencing Commission hearing on proposed fraud and other... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of March 6, 2015 In this edition: Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms Top of the Ninth U.S. v. Mendez-Sosa (defendant’s conviction for New Jersey criminal sexual contact, Crim.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of February 27, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | For the Bookworms News to use Report: Life Sentences in the Federal System (Sentencing Commission) (H/T) Putting teeth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the weeks of February 13 & 20, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | New Rules | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of February 6, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use You Have No Idea What Happened: Why We Remember... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the fortnight ending January 30, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use New federal justice... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of January 16, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use US Sentencing Commission... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of January 9, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use “Marathon bombing trial... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the fortnight ending January 02, 2015 In this edition: News to use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS focus | Short circuits (and solid states | For the bookworms News to use F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
I just finished listening to the most recent Very Bad Wizards podcast (“Tumors All the Way Down”). Sam Harris was the guest, and the three talked about free will, determinism, reactive attitudes, and such. On the show, Tamler Sommers staked... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of December 19, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use The Misleading Math of ‘Recidivism’ (Marshall Project) Finding The Human... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
Everyone who’s worked the defense side in a criminal drug case knows that a special agent (it’s always a “special” agent) who gives “expert” testimony about “drug jargon” is subject to about the same semantic constraints as Humpty Dumpty. Basically,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
“‘[Obama] was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee,’ the first lady added.” This reminds me of the time my friend Don and I were playing a gig in Beverly Hills. He and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
Some ugly play here by the Eleventh Circuit in a case I came across that otherwise holds for a defendant who appealed the district court's denial of his motion to reduce his sentence under 18 U.S.C. §3582(c)(2): If, after examining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of December 12, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use Gavel Is Passed to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Strange Doctrines