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Blog Posts in December, 2009

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  • Starfish: The Obligatory End-of-Year Post
    Starfish: The Obligatory End-of-Year Post

    I really don’t want to do the whole “retrospective thing” on my year. As other criminal defense attorneys have noted, things can sometimes be rough. Besides, I get nervous about discussing my actual ...

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  • They Know Not What They Do
    They Know Not What They Do

    Recently, a rather astounding ruling — astounding to those of us who practice criminal defense in the United States, anyway — came out of a courtroom in Santa Ana, California. The Truly Honorable ...

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  • The First Amendment: It's Not Just the Law
    The First Amendment: It's Not Just the Law

    Shut up! I don’t like what you’re saying! Increasingly, this is the approach Americans — Americans! — are taking to deal with speech they don’t like. Whether this involves the hateful speech of ...

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  • How Police States Are Born
    How Police States Are Born

    It’s amazing how often history repeats itself in things both small and large. I recently ran across one of the small things in this passage from Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here : “Remember our ...

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  • Fresno Superior Court Calls Sheriff Liar
    Fresno Superior Court Calls Sheriff Liar

    Today’s Fresno Bee headline — the paper version screamed “Sheriff’s Office under fire” on the front page above the fold — would have been funnier if it were about the Fresno Police Department. They’re ...

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  • Investing in Public Safety
    Investing in Public Safety

    Of late, Police Chief Jerry Dyer seems to write almost as often for the Fresno Bee as any of their regular writers. Today, he reminds us, Public safety is an investment, not a cost. (Jerry Dyer, ...

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