Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Leonardo DiCaprio Can Suck It!
(Why do I now feel like Kathie Lee Gifford running a campaign to be voted "TV Guide's Most Beautiful Woman on Television," and why do I feel like I am revealing something shameful about myself just by the fact that I remember that whole thing?)
Which Case is the Most Depressing?
*The 13-year-old who allegedly raped his mother. I don't believe her story for a second, and I'm quite sure that CPS doesn't either, but that hasn't stopped the prosecutor from filing the case based on the flimsiest and most incompetent investigation I've seen of a sex crime in my life.
*The 17-year-old who allegedly assaulted her mother. By the way, the mother was convicted a year or so ago of "rendering criminal assistance," specifically of having arranged for a man to have all the sex with the girl (who was about 14 at the time) as he wanted.
*The 17-year-old who allegedly keeps selling drugs because it is the only way he feels he can provide for his family. And by family, I mean his mother, his baby, and his baby's mother.
*The 16-year-old who has been in and out of detention (mostly in) for various probation violations for my entire, albeit short, tenure here who just found out she is pregnant, and is determined to keep the baby.
*The 13-year-old charged with assaulting a staff member at his group home, where he lives because he had a "failed adoption," likely the result of his having virtually every behavioral disorder in the world from ADHD to reactive attachment disorder, and who has been previously charged with assault seven or eight times, always dismissed based on his incompetency.
Yeah, depressing. So, anyone got any feel-good, inspiring public defender stories to make me feel better?
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Pinochet Deserves No Thanks
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
4-Year-Old Suspended from School for "Sexually Harassing" Teacher's Aide
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Big Surprise: Feds Conclude Medical and Mental Health Care at Dallas County Jail is Grossly Inadequate
Heck of Job, Brownie!
Monday, December 11, 2006
Sports Anti-Doping Regime Has No Sense of Justice
This first part of an investigative series by the Los Angeles Times on anti-doping regime in the sports world confirms what I have thought for a long time. Dick Pound (pictured at left), the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and his pack of WADA sycophants are not interested in fairness or justice. They are zealots who have established a regime where they serve as cops, prosecutors, judge, jury, and executioner. In addition to these titles, Dick Pound is just an all-around jerk, who thinks he is smarter and more righteous than anyone else, and seems to suffer from a god complex wherein he believes that only he can save the integrity of sport. I hope this series by the Times helps spur a movement to reform this horribly unjust system that punishes the innocent and the guilty side by side, with little to no regard for which is which.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
What's on my DVR?
Veronica Mars (all of this season's episodes are still saved)
Battlestar Galactica (all of this season's episodes are still saved)
The Amazing Race
Without a Trace
How I Met Your Mother
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Friday Night Lights
America's Next Top Model
Best Week Ever
48 Hours Mystery
Saturday Night Live
The Sports Reporters
Ebert & Roeper
Inside the Actors Studio
The Daily Show
The Colbert Report
Everwood (syndicated episodes from ABC Family)
The Oprah Winfrey Show
The Late Show with David Letterman
Jimmy Kimmell Live
48 Hours: Hard Evidence
So, you're probably saying to yourself, "The $100,000 Pyramid? Really?" Well, you're probably actually thinking that's a lot of TV, and you're right. So, take a shot at psychoanalyzing me based on that! At some point, I may take a shot myself.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Dallas DA Does a Good Thing
Thousands May Have Been Wrongfully Convicted Based on Faulty Arson Science
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Read This Book!
An injustice anywhere truly is a threat to justice everywhere.
So This is What it Feels Like to be a Prosecutor
In another prosecutor-like move, I had a phone conversation with another prosecutor on another case yesterday where I was trying to make sure that an individual was charged with a crime. This individual was involved with a client of mine in a vandalism incident. My client, obviously, was a juvenile, but the other individual was just over 18. So, my client was charged in juvenile court, and the other person has not been charged at all. I don't know if it's because his piddly little vandalism case isn't a priority for the felony prosecutors (which I can understand) or if something else is going on. What I don't like is the idea that my client will be on the hook for the entire amount of restitution which is over $1500 while the adult who was at least as responsible for the damage as my kid walks away with no obligation whatsoever. So, there I was, demanding (well, not demanding, just doing my best persuasion) that charges be filed. My client was sitting in my office at the time I made the call, and when I got off the phone, he said, "Wow, you're good." Hee!
Not a bad day.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Sometimes, I Suck
*A client's domestic violence assault charge was dismissed. I think the prosecutor finally bought my argument that she was the actual victim in the case when she listened to the 911 tape I subpoenaed where the caller describes the state's "victim" as "choking her, banging her head against her car, and throwing her on the ground like a rag doll . . . he only stopped when I banged on my window at him . . . I thought he was going to kill her." It should be noted that the fine police officers who arrested my client interviewed this caller at the scene, who told them the same thing she said on the tape, but failed to include any of this information in their police report. They did, however, refer to her as "anonymous," even though she clearly gives her name and phone number on the 911 tape, and actually characterized her as corroborating the "victim's" account, which was that my client hit and scratched at his face, and he pushed her down to stop her assault. The police report literally said, "The anonymous neighbor corroborated the part where he pushed her down." So, they ommitted the exculpatory information from their report, falsely called the exculpatory witness "anonymous" forcing my investigator to track down who she was, and completely mischaracterized her account as "corroborating" the alleged victim's account, at least in part. Nice work, Dano.
*Remember when I was complaining about the prosecutor opposing my request for a competency evaluation of my client? She said that there was nothing to indicate that he couldn't assist in his defense, apparently concluding that my sworn affidavit stating that I did not believe he could assist me in his defense was equivalent to "nothing." Well, the report came back on him, and he was . . . incompetent! Incompetent and unlikely to be aided by restoration services. So, the prosecutor dismissed his cases.
*We got fourteen inches of snow last weekend! Fourteen inches! I've never lived anywhere that got snow like that before. It was very cold, and slippery and slidey, and it made getting to work a helluva mess, but it was awesome!