Linky Friday returns and brings you links and stories about outrage, protests, wrongdoing, affrontary, grievances, and Monty Python.
Critics of civil forfeiture are cheering a new, unanimous Supreme Court decision which strikes a significant blow to the practice. The use of forfeiture actions, in which states file suit to confiscate the property of those accused of crimes, has been under fire by people of all political stripes, who see it as an extreme and unfair overreach of power.
Your Wednesday Writs for 11/21 with links to legal and law stories such as case of the week, bad lawyers, dumb crooks, and Missouri laws on drastic measures to deal with runaway bulls.
Your weekly round-up of law-related links, from dumb criminals and obscure cases to recent developments of note – spooky edition!
Your weekly round-up of law-related links, from dumb criminals and obscure cases to recent developments of note.
Welcome to the first edition of Ordinary Times’s new linky feature, “Wednesday Writs”, which will attempt to bring to you the latest and most interesting headlines from the legal world.
Introducing the Lizard Control System.
Nearly 40 years is a long time to wait for justice, but for the victims of crimes attributed to the Golden State Killer that day may have come.
Stephon Clark wasn’t armed. The Sacramento Police Department ended his life anyway.
Things you probably didn’t know your tax dollars were doing: paying airline workers previously proven to perjure themselves to spy on you.
Dee Dee Blancharde abused her daughter Gypsy for more than two decades. She did so with the sanction and encouragement of medical professionals. Predictably, Gypsy is being required to pay the price.
A condemned man in Tennessee wants his lawyers to depose the people who would be his executioners.
A verdict in Rome from which there will be no further appeal.
A revealing remark from a prosecutor arguing before the Supreme Court today, complete with Burt Likko’s translation of an exchange in plain English.
A judge recently found that California’s death penalty, as it is administered, is cruel and unusual punishment, serving no identifiable purpose. Digging in to the opinion, Burt Likko finds a perverse conflict: an effort to comply with one part of the Constitution leads to a violation of another.
Three questions, all of which have easy, obvious answers. So why are we talking about this?