Category: Law

November 8, 2007

Well, Here Goes Nothing

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Filed under: International,Law - 08 Nov 2007

In the ongoing Pakistan-turmoil, events are picking up speed. Musharraf’s martial law cannot hold, and even the President of the United States is not going to back him on this one (no matter how badly we need friendly alliance …


September 25, 2007

Amadinejad

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Filed under: International,Law,News - 25 Sep 2007

There is talk of the American right to free speech in reference to the platform that Amadinejad was offered yesterday by Columbia University – and usually it precedes the sound of a but. That’s a but, not a butt. …


September 22, 2007

Involuntary Intoxication, Maybe

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 22 Sep 2007

Oh, intoxication. Is there any problem you can’t not solve? As it turns out, the majority of idiotic criminal actions that that might seem like a really great idea to a drunk person …


September 12, 2007

Omission in the Criminal Law

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 12 Sep 2007

An omission is a failure to act when action is prescribed. While certain omissions can warrant fairly severe punishments in the criminal law of the United States, these offenses are not exactly “crimes” in the sense that murder, theft …


September 11, 2007

Punishment and the Balance of Purposes

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 11 Sep 2007

What to say. As with any great paradox, one must pause before this subject, “Punishment and the Balance of Purposes,” and realize that whatever might be said in a usual and customary context (such a as a blog) will …


September 10, 2007

Equality in Punishment

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 10 Sep 2007

Of course every situation is different, and every criminal offender has the right, under our legal traditions, to have his or her case considered carefully and individually, even if it is for a crime committed many times before, and even …


September 8, 2007

The Five Purposes Of Punishment

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Filed under: Crime,Criminal Law,Law - 08 Sep 2007

Criminology traditionally identifies four purposes behind punishment through the criminal law. These are:

1) Retribution
2) Deterrence
3) Restraint
4) Rehabilitation

This sounds pretty straight forward, and it’s easy to see how a sentence of 3 years in …


September 7, 2007

The Man in Cheney’s Shadow and Unilateral Executive Action

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Filed under: Bush,Law,Terrorism,White House - 07 Sep 2007

David Addington, Mr. Cheney’s consigliere and chief of staff, has kept a low profile while shaping much of the Bush Administration’s terrorism policies. While others such as John Yoo have gained notoriety for their legal opinions and theories, Mr. …


August 31, 2007

A Note on the Fifth

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Filed under: Constitution,Fifth Amendment,Law - 31 Aug 2007

The fifth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees no citizen “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.” Neither prosecutor nor jury nor judge can compel a defendant to take the witness stand in his …


August 28, 2007

The Astronaut and the Insanity Defense

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Filed under: Criminal Law,Law,News,Trial - 28 Aug 2007

Former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak – the woman who, to our shock and guilty little delight, stalked and attacked her romantic rival, Captain Colleen Shipman, at the conclusion of an astronautic love triangle – will use the …


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