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Month: February 2016

Does the Constitution Protect Apple from Unlocking The iPhone?

Last time, in what was arguably a “puff piece” about old judicial friends, I had the audacity to mention strict constructionism, thus unintentionally unleashing a torrent of umbrage. The Originalists defended their hero Scalia with a variety of indignant comments to the effect that “The Constitution is clear, and anyone who reads anything extra into it is stewpud.”

Hmmmm. Okay.  Let’s go. Welcome to law school. (Warning: this ain’t no puff piece.)

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Scalia and Ginsburg: Two Kinds of Justice

Scalia and Ginsburg: Two Kinds of Justice - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

By now everyone knows that Justice Scalia died last weekend. Most people also know that he was a bastion of Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court. At least, that is how he is usually described (it’s actually a bit more complicated than that.) And some people now also know about his unlikely friendship with Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg.

I’d like to focus on that last fact.

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Avery v. O.J. Simpson

Avery v. O.J. Simpson - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

I know I promised to write more about Making a Murderer. But, two things happened: first, I got busy with my actual job. Second, O.J.

I watched Episode One of the new O.J. series, The People Versus O.J. Simpson, sooo aptly named. The People really are all either for or against him, let’s face it – with a passion. It is actually one of the only cases, ever, where it really does ultimately boil down to what we, the People, think. Just post a blog about it and you’ll find out… quick.

The main reason I write any of this is to educate people about what criminal lawyers actually do. It seems to be an area that needs some input, with a view towards dispelling some of the myths that exist out there about criminal lawyers and how the criminal justice system functions in real life. I will try here to show how that goal ties in with this new O.J. show, although I’m not so sure the O.J. case has anything to do with what criminal lawyers really do. It is truly surreal in that otherwise all too real world of criminal law.

But it actually happened.

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