Brief Cases

NEW YORK ER DOCTOR, CHARLOTTESVILLE  NATIVE, A SUICIDE COVID VICTIM Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of the emergency department at New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital, committed suicide in Charlottesville, where she was staying with family, reported her father, also… Read More ›

Goin’ Outta My Mind

As some of our fellow citizens intentionally suffer through the daily White House press briefings, some actually pay attention to the pronouncements from P45, especially those not read verbatim from the TelePrompter. Faux News, 45’s network of choice, also publishes… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

NRA LEGAL COSTS ARE $100 MILLION According to a secret recording of its January board meeting obtained by NPR, the Fairfax-based gun lobby’s multiple legal conundrums have consumed $100 million so far–a more than tidy sum for the not-for-profit. CEO… Read More ›

Skipping Votes, Skipping Transparency

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from the Roanoke Times, April 19, 2020. Hats off to the Roanoke Times for its dedicated, extensive coverage of voting practices in the General Assembly. Legislative rules make it easy for elected officials to avoid recorded votes. Only… Read More ›

Clemency During a Plague

Editors’ Note: Reposted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 16, 2020. By Cara H. Drinan Cara H. Drinan is a professor of law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she teaches criminal law and procedure. Her research… Read More ›

Brief Cases

DERACINATED DAIRY Land O’ Lakes has dropped its racially themed Native American woman with braids and feather image from packaging after nearly 100 years. The packaging has long been criticized as insensitive for its depiction of the “butter maiden.” Deracinate… Read More ›

COVID and African-Americans

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, April 12, 2020. By Jamelle Bouie We know that Covid-19 is killing African-Americans at greater rates than any other group. You can see this most clearly in the South. In Louisiana, blacks… Read More ›

Ideology Blinds Public Interest

Mr. Shakespeare often displayed keen political insight. In Hamlet (Act I), a Danish officer, Marcellus, after seeing the ghost of Hamlet’s father, tells Horatio, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Horatio repeats the ominous warning to Hamlet who,… Read More ›