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Constitutional Originalism – Republican or Democrat idea?

Constitutional Originalism - Republican or Democrat idea - Seattle Criminal Lawyer BlogMy entire purpose in writing these ditties is to show everyone how real life legal issues are handled by criminal defense lawyers.

Sometimes that is as simple as discussing the answer to the number one question I get asked, almost daily: “How Can You Defend Those People?”

Other times it is much more esoteric.

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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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“Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?”

Why Can't We All Just Get Along - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

That has to be one of the World’s most Ironic Quotes Ever.

It came from Rodney King, who was in the middle of two of the most notorious violent episodes in the 90’s. First, his own videotaped beating at the hands of some of LAPD’s finest. Second, the riots caused when those same cops were acquitted of that beating and South Central Los Angeles erupted in violence.

But who better to ask the question? Why CAN’T we all just get along?

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Why Doesn’t the U.S. Supreme Court Believe in the First Amendment??

 

Supreme Court - First Amendment - Seattle Criminal Lawyer Blog

I wrote this piece some time ago but never got around to posting it. However, given the fact that so many people were interested in the workings of the Supreme Court when I blogged about that last week, it seemed especially relevant. Lots of people apparently want and need information about the Supreme Court so that they can weigh in on what they think about the work that goes on there.

The fact is that thousands of people read my little old post about the Supreme Court, but only 500 or so of them would ever be able to actually see the Court in action, and they would have had to travel to Washington D.C. and wait in line for days to be able to be there. In today’s world of instant video coverage and tweeting from accident scenes, that just seems wrong. It is at least out of keeping with the times.

I realize that watching the Supreme Court on TV is not exactly a red-hot blog topic. The issue of why the Supreme Court arguments are not broadcast for the public to view may be more boring than cops shooting people or Jihadi terrorists or kids being harassed by creeps in parks, but it is at least as important. More so really.

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