RULE OF LAW

The Kraken Lawyers

Editors’ Note: Reposted from The New York Times, July 15, 2021. Not a few Americans have been questioning the apparent ethical lapses by the attorneys who filed legal briefs and motions in the 2020 election challenges. Their conduct continues to… Read More ›

The Oxymoron of Criminal Justice

Crime has been a reality in society forever, and one seemingly immune to resolution, much less elimination. Whether motivated by need or want or emotion, criminal offenses may be inevitable. Offenses against persons and property have existed, as the Bible… Read More ›

Supremes Allow Voting Disparity Impact

Editors’ Note: Reposted from Mother Jones, July 1, 2021.  The majority’s opinion that the existence of “some disparity in impact” upon racial minorities is acceptable and not sufficient to make such laws illegal. This guidepost means that any future challenges… Read More ›

Uncharitable SCOTUS

Sir Thomas Browne (d. 1682) is acknowledged to be the first to coin the expression into print form in 1642: Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it… Read More ›

Beyond Our Border

FLORIDA If ‘ya can’t beat ‘em, assassinate ‘em! So it appears to one GOP congressional candidate in Florida. Heated political contests are common in these wonderful United States, and no more so than in the Sunshine State. However, unlike the… Read More ›

Proportionality Matters

The 2020 election drew 155 million voters to the polls. On January 6, 2021, a violent mob of hundreds or more sought to nullify those votes by assaulting the Capitol Building where the Electoral College count was being conducted. One… Read More ›

Words Matter–Even For You, Rudy

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the New York Daily News, June 25, 2021. Many observers have been wondering about the antics of attorneys advocating bizarre election theories and the ethics of practicing law. This opinion catches the idea. Words have consequences,… Read More ›

Joe Catholic

“Papist” is the pejorative term ascribed to a Roman Catholic and arose in the late 1600s spurred by the English Reformation. Hostilities against papists trace to the time of Henry VIII’s rejection of theological fealty to the Pope who declined… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

NO GAMBLING = A HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION? Six Norfolk and Virginia Beach business owners have sued the Commonwealth in hopes of keeping skill games in operation beyond July 1 — the day they are scheduled to be banned. Attorneys argued… Read More ›

Policing the Police

Civilian oversight of state and local law enforcement has largely been characterized by benign neglect. The United States has been debited by its English heritage with a significant social and cultural heritage with respect to the present relationship among law… Read More ›