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Blog Posts in 2017

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  • Recognizing Race
    Recognizing Race

    As CNN notes, There’s a predictable pattern to the aftermath of too many deadly police shootings: Neighbors and anti-police brutality groups take to the streets. Groups supporting the officers stand ...

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  • Quick Look: Living Lives of Fear
    Quick Look: Living Lives of Fear

    I had a hard time coming up with a title for this post: living lives of fear seems the best fit, but I also considered “put a bullet in it.” Because this post is about yet another incident in which ...

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  • Dumbing Down the Test; Dumbing Down the Law
    Dumbing Down the Test; Dumbing Down the Law

    An article in The Daily Journal about California possibly lowering the passing score for the State Bar Exam—essentially dumbing down the test because “too many” people fail it—caught my attention. The ...

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  • Memorial Day Post
    Memorial Day Post

    I don’t normally do more than one post in a single day, primarily due to limitations of time. But I wrote “Defending Real People, Or Not Losing Sight of the Trees for the Forest” earlier today because ...

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  • On Defending Real People; or, Not Losing Sight of the Trees for the Forest
    On Defending Real People; or, Not Losing Sight of the Trees for the Forest

    As a criminal defense lawyer who also writes a blog, I struggle sometimes to maintain my sanity a level head. (Yeah, to be frank, I kept switching the struck-out clause with the final clause, and ...

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  • Liquor, Soda, and the Fifth Amendment
    Liquor, Soda, and the Fifth Amendment

    Back in the day— prior to about 1980 —liquor and soda could be bought in fifths. A fifth, so-called because it amounted to a fifth of a gallon, was also known as a “short quart” because it was a ...

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