A Writer Rants About Pro Bono. Not quite; but the rationale is similar enough. How dare you not represent me for free? I often ask people for copies of tax returns. "You ever given any money to charity? Volunteer anywhere? Do you even give blood?" It's always those who have done the least for humanity who demand that lawyers represent that particular human, for free.
"Want to Complain About a Cop? Better Bring Your I.D. — And Maybe A Toothbrush." I know my rights. Unless a camera is rolling, I'm unlikely to assert them. I know who wins. N.P. and I had a Henry Gates-like encounter with a fat-necked, 22-year-old cop who had his hand on a gun, ready to draw, after we had returned to N's law office to shut the alarm off. Amusing story, in hindsight; though I was pulling up local news stations in the event the cop shot N.
"Home Court to the Prosecution." The hometown lawyer always gets the close calls. When you're the prosecutor, you always have home-field advantage.
Public defender for R. Allen Stanford. Since all his money has been frozen (guilty until proven innocent - what?), Stanford gets a public defender. The Federal Defenders are usually very good. Most public defenders are good lawyers. They are simply too overworked to do a good job on any given case. One person said it best: "If I had my choice, I would want to be represented by my public defender's office. However, I'd want to be their only client." One-hundred open criminal case files would turn any lawyer into mush.
"Pottawattamie County V. McGhee: Prosecutorial Immunity For Manufacturing Evidence?" A police officer who manufactures or fabricates evidence is entitled only to qualified immunity. Why should a prosecutor be entitled to greater immunity than a similarly-situated police officer? Good question.
There will be a hearing on the Audit the Federal Reserve Bill.