Wednesday Writs for 3/20


Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar North says:

    The Trump team has backed off 3% growth forecasts for next year as the sugar high from their massive debt fueled tax cut works its way out of the system. The debt they incurred to give the wealthy this handout, however, seems to be much more lasting. When the GOP passed I was assured around these parts the economic boost would make it worth it. We never did get up to that amazing 4% growth though. Didn’t even reliably stay over 3. Oh well.

    I don’t think the Dems or the left should hard on this a lot but it is example #bajillion that any time the right moans about deficits or fiscal discipline they should be met with derisive laughter and scorn. The center leftists, now, have an unambiguously better record on deficit reduction than anything to the right of the spectrum.Report

  2. Avatar Aaron David says:

    L1 – Last time I was on a jury, it was an African American man accused of a DUI. Both lawyers immediately worked to remove all black potential jurors from the panel. While this might be considered racist in some quarters, I get the feeling that the AA community might hold different standards for a black man. And both sides of the case understood that.Report

    • Avatar North says:

      That is interesting. So the defense though there was a significant risk that black jurors might throw the book at him and the prosecutors thought there was a significant risk that black jurors might let him off the hook?Report

      • Avatar Aaron David says:

        I think a lot of it comes down to (and I am going on my interpretation of things) that if there is even a whiff of what is seen to the black community as racism that can change everything, but they have a much stricter standard about cleaning up their own back yard, so to speak.Report

    • Avatar Em Carpenter says:

      That’s exactly the kind of thing the Batson rule is supposed to prevent- the idea that a person will not be impartial due to his or her race. I can’t say lawyers don’t consider it though.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    My first thought of planking was that it sounded awfully similar to my impersonation of David Foster Wallace and I thought it was vaguely tasteless that they were doing this.

    As it is, it turns out to have been a nice and lovely tribute.

    But… guys. “Stiff as a board” might not be what you want to be signaling next time.Report

  4. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    Apparently, the Flowers case prompted Thomas to ask a question.Report

  5. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    [L1] — The first transcript I was asked to summarize at the federal death penalty resource center was a jury voire dire. I was given the transcript and a code sheet that identified the potential juror’s race.

    It didn’t take long for me to discern a pattern. Blacks were asked their feelings about the death penalty with an introductory question about whether they were religious, whether they felt compelled to follow their conscience and whether their beliefs may impede them from following instructions as to whether or not to impose the death penalty. Whites were simply asked whether they could follow the rule of law as explained to them by the judge, and whether they could follow the jury instructions pertaining to the death penalty.

    These were the death qualification questions; a juror who could not impose the death penalty could be excused with cause. I pointed the pattern to chief counsel and he said that it was a good catch, but the Batson objection had been waived.Report

  6. Avatar Philip H says:

    [L1] Being a current Mississippi Resident, I am watching this closely as its local news. Given the line of public questioning by SCOTUS, I think its likely to be overturned. Heck, if it took 6 attempts to convict it should be overturned for blowing a battleship sized hole in double jeopardy.

    [L5] I’ll plank today – albeit almost a week late – in her honor.Report