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Michael Drake
Hollywood, CA
Musician in form, attorney in practice.
Interests: Philosophy. Law. Music. Fish in barrels.
Recent Activity
For the week of July 31, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use What the Other Cops Said about Sam Dubose’s Murder (Mimesis) Ruining Lives... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Strange Doctrines
For the week of July 24, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use U.S. DOJ criticizes DEA informant program (Snitching) You Just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of July 17, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Hidden Injustice: County Counsel Works To Keep OC’s Snitch Scandal Under Wraps... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the weeks of July 3 & 10, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use What does Johnson mean for the past,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For some comic relief, read pages 34 to 35 in Scalia-Garner's Making Your Case, under the heading "Restrain your emotions. And don't accuse."
For the week of June 26, 2015 Administrative Note: No roundup next week due to the holiday. See you July 10... In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of June 19, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Alternative Sentencing in the Federal Criminal Justice System (U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of June 12, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use When Bail Is Out of Defendant’s Reach, Other Costs... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the week of June 5, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use Sentencing Manipulation/Sentencing Entrapment (updated) (Katharine Tinto) (H/T) New Quick... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
Elizabeth Kolbert makes a point I'd never considered about space colonization as a strategy for species survival, one that also provides a neat solution to the Fermi paradox: [W]e’ve had the capacity to blow ourselves to smithereens. One of these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
For the fortnight ending May 29, 2015 In this edition: News to Use | Top of the Ninth | SCOTUS Focus | Short Circuits | For the Bookworms News to use You’re All Out: scheming Orange County prosecutors and police... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Strange Doctrines
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