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Michael Drake
Hollywood, CA
Musician in form, attorney in practice.
Interests: Philosophy. Law. Music. Fish in barrels.
Recent Activity
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 3 hours ago 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
For the weeks of November 28 & December 5, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Amended Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
I brought Scalia & Garner’s hardcover edition home to do a little reading this weekend. The blurb on the dust jacket begins like so: “Do legal documents change their meaning over time?” This question (like the string of similar, originalist-inflected... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of November 21, 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 Fixing Our Broken Immigration... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of November 14, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | For the Bookworms News to use Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize (New York Times) Notable... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of November 7, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Documents Obtained By The ACLU Show NSA’s Inability To Prevent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of October 31, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | New Rules | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Congress Still Has No Idea How Much the NSA... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of October 24, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use An Update on a Not So Recent Discovery Post (Carl... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of October 17, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Attorney General Holder Announces New Policy to Enhance Justice... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of October 10, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Top of the Ninth: An Outline of (Mostly) Defense... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
Top of the Ninth (pdf) is a collection of criminal convictions and sentences reversed and other defense-favorable points, with links to practice- and case-related articles, blog posts, briefing, and other resources, all organized by topic and fully bookmarked. To download... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of October 3, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use National Academy of Sciences Releases Landmark Report on Memory and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the weeks of Aug. 29, Sept. 5, Sept. 12, Sept. 19, & Sept. 26, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Get your updated... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
Administrative Note: The Roundup will be on hiatus until September 19. For the week of August 18, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Adverse... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of August 15, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Pot Use Among Colorado Teens Appears to Drop After Legalization (U.S. News... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of August 08, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Summary of Key Data Regarding Retroactive Application of the 2014 Drug Guidelines... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of July 03, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Prisons are terrible, and there’s finally a way to get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of July 11, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Can a Jury Believe What It Sees? Videotaped Confessions Can Be Misleading... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of August 01, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use FBI errors throw forensic convictions into question... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of July 25, 2014 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits The Week in Sausage Making | For the Bookworms News to use Five Things About Deterrence (NIJ/DOJ) USA: Notorious... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Strange Doctrines