Category Archives: Law: Criminal Law

Mediate Our Dispute

My office neighbor Caroline Bradley and I are having a mild disagreement over her incredulity that greek doctors are “foreign government officials” for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act purposes.

My take is that if they are state employees, and if they have authority to buy stuff, and if the bribes are to get them to buy the stuff in particular ways, then why not?

Please direct any comments to the original post.

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Here We Go

Inevitably, here comes the test case:

A U.S. federal judge has ordered a defendent to decrypt her laptop.

Schneier on Security: Federal Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop

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UM Law Review Symposium on the Death Penalty

With all our recent hires in the criminal law area, the law school is turning into something of a crim law powerhouse. So it’s appropriate that this year’s Law Review Symposium will be on the death penalty and life without parole. The Symposium will be held on the afternoon of Friday, February 17 and the morning of Saturday, February 18. Topics include:

  • whether the death penalty is near its end in the United States;
  • the debate over new lethal injection protocols;
  • the debate about life without parole as an alternative to the death penalty, and
  • the role of social science in examining the death penalty.

The keynote speaker will be Jordan Steiker of the University of Texas Law School.

Panelists will include Deborah Denno of Fordham, Robert Blecker of New York Law School, Mona Lynch of the University of California at Irvine, Corinna Lain of the University of Richmond, Adam Kolber of Brooklyn Law School, Douglas Berman of Ohio State, Cynthia Brown of the University of Central Florida, Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project, and University of Miami law professors Susan Bandes, Mary Anne Franks, Tamara Lave, and Sarah Mourer.

This is a good list of speakers — should be a great event for people interested in the topic.

For more information, or to register in advance, you can contact Farah Barquero or call (305) 284-2464.

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Not the Smartest Thing to Wear to Court


A man accused of drug trafficking showed up for court Friday in Fort Lauderdale sporting a jacket that bore a cartoon-style recipe for cooking crack cocaine.

The man’s white jacket looked like a how-to guide for making crack cocaine, with a series of little pictures of a white substance with a spoon, a carton of baking soda and a little pot over a fire. The end product was a "rock," slang for the drug.

via MiamiHerald.com, Man wears ‘crack jacket’ to court.

My question is whether this sort of thing is common only in Broweird, as we so fondly call it, or is this more common? I sort of fear it might be national.

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The Strangely Affirming ‘Film the Police’

There is something oddly affirming about this rap video ‘Film the Police’. (Warning: cruelty and bad words you probably don’t want your toddler learning.)

I am not usually a big fan of rap; although I’ve heard a few very striking and wonderful rap pieces, on the whole my liking for rap tends to be one notch above ‘take it or leave it’: I’ll take it if there’s nothing else on.

Why then do I say a rap video about police brutality is affirming? For one thing, I am cheered that this piece of resistance starts with a judicial trope. The counter-culture assuming the judicial robe is older than I am (and even I just barely recall here come da judge), but it is still cheerful to see it continued, or revived. There’s still some deep resonance about the idea that the rule of law might be something that can be appropriated and turned on the powers that be.

Even more affirming is the central assumption: publicizing state-sponsored violence can end it. And it might be true.

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Damn Lies

Could it really be true that 99% of statistics are made up? Maybe so.

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Local Boy Makes, er, Not Good

The Baddest Lawyer in the History of Jersey is also, I’d bet, the most colorful graduate — ever — of Nova Southeastern law school, just up the road in Fort Lauderdale.

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