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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 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 3 days ago 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
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