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Still Here, Sort Of

Posted on January 24, 2014
OK, So It's Been A Year and a Half Since my last post, about 18 ninths ago, I've had some heath issues that have kept me away from work, and the wonderful world of the criminal law, for about six months, total spread out over three hospitalizations...

Not Gone, Yet!

Posted on June 30, 2012
Great balls of fire! I must have died, or something it's been so long since I updated this weblog. Well, it was 'or something' all right. Between work (we lost our part-time assistant, meaning more work for the other attorney in that court, and more work for me to take up the appeals slack that attorney handled) and my teaching an intro to law course, and the family obligations, and a nasty, nasty infection that cost me a lot of time off, a couple of years have slipped away...

Still Here, More Less

Posted on June 07, 2008
Well, I see I missed an anniversary -- the Year-Since-I-Last-Posted anniversary, that is. When I last graced these electrons, it was the middle of a bear of a winter here in Baja Great White North, and the work load at work was mind numbing. Things haven't changed all that much in the last 16 (!) months...

John Lennon Was Wrong

Posted on February 11, 2007
Did He Really Say It? Probably.John Lennon said, sometime about 27 years ago, "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."He was wrong. Work is what happens to your when you are busy making other plans. And, boy, did work happen to me...

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Posted on November 09, 2006
One Of Those Silly "What Sort of {Fill In The Blank} Are You?" Quizzes That Actually Makes Sense, of A Sort.You scored as A college textbook. You're an authority on something, you just know it. Everyone else does, too, but that doesn't mean they like you...

Be On The Cutting Edge!

Posted on October 22, 2006
What Cutting Edge, You Ask?The cutting edge of electronic publication, that's what cutting edge. What, you ask, the Hell does this have to do with Law, Prosecution, all that stuff up in the header? Well, I actually can make the connection.One of the hot "new" areas of law is Intellectual Property...

Still Here

Posted on October 09, 2006
No, I haven't {DiedQuit ProsecutionExperienced My Own Personal Rapture}, yet!Still working my fingers to the bone on appeals. Still having problems finding stuff to write about that won't blow my cover. Although the declining number of folks who check this page may make that a moot point...

Yes, I'm Compusive. So Sue Me.

Posted on July 09, 2006
But Not All That Compulsive.Yes, I did re-edit the last entry to make it prettier on the page. Every time I looked in, it bugged me. Just not enough to do anything about it until today. So I'm not that big a nerd.The inability of Blogger to actually deal with block quotes and other simple-minded formatting stuff (like tabs, for God's sake) is one of the low level irritants that makes it easy to keep putting off adding entries to this page...

Something Diverting

Posted on June 10, 2006
Something DivertingI received an interesting email from a law student Blogger and found the topic interesting enough that I though I?d share my response with whoever still drops by here.Hi there, I run the blog at www.anonymouslawstudent.com. [interesting site] I'm trying to compile a post about relationships after law school...

Still Here After All

Posted on April 15, 2006
Still Here After All These DaysSorry, it?s been way too long between posts, but I?ve just been unable to muster the writerly wherewithal to post anything. Work is still work. The bad guys still do terrible things to people, and we do our level best to lock ?em up for as close to forever as we can...

On A Cold Sunday Afternoon

Posted on February 19, 2006
Writers? Block? Not Exactly.I?ve come to the conclusion that, unlike Kevin Smith I really do have a boring-ass life. I am sitting here, at a loss for something to write about. Not that there are all that many of you looking in these days, but for the occasional lost soul who drifts by, I?d like to think there is something worthwhile, or at least mildly amusing/interesting/diverting on these pages...

Two Days In A Row!

Posted on February 11, 2006
Watchin? The Tube On A SaturdayYesterday was pretty laid back. Put the final touches on an appeal from arraignment court to the general trial court and then started on cleaning off several months accumulation of stuff from the ol? desk. My desk is one of those ?U? shaped numbers with the computer monitor in the middle of the base of the U...

What The Hell Was That?

Posted on February 10, 2006
TGIF!Well, it?s been one of those weeks. I kid you not! Take a look at Sergeant Saunders down there -- that?s pretty much my week. Except the boss frowns on submachine guns in the office. Between the drug prosecutor, the intern, and me, from Tuesday to today we finished four briefs on appeal, and one application for cert to our state Supreme Court...

At Times The Metaphor Is Just Too Real

Posted on January 15, 2006
Some days would just be so much better with a M1A1 and a couple of spare magazines. You know?

Still Typing. . .

Posted on January 07, 2006
Back To WorkBack to the grind, this last week. If you don?t do it (or haven?t done it), it?s hard to understand just how exhausting steady, heads down writing and research can be, physically as well as mentally. Needless to say, I?m happy I took advantage of the short, mid-Holiday week to decompress and catch up on things like putting stuff back in the library and the file room, but now I?m back in the middle of the wonderful world of appeals and it doesn?t look like the writing elves came in and finished up anything for me, so, once more into the breach...


Posted on January 01, 2006
Best Wishes for 2006


Posted on December 31, 2005
It Looks Like A White New Year?sAs opposed, that is, to the brown and sere Christmas we just had. Good color scheme, really, because that?s pretty much how it was this year. Let me hasten to add that nothing terrible happened, no one died, no serious accidents, no unexpected medical events, and no earth shaking emotional traumas in Mr...

It's, It's -- It's ALIVE!

Posted on December 29, 2005
Well, Here I Am, AgainWow! It?s been a long damn? time since I added anything to this effort. Way too long, I?m afraid. What was it John Lennon said, ?Life is what happens when you have other plans.? No kidding.Things have been a little, hummm, hectic around the office the last few months...

Word Verification for Comments

Posted on October 05, 2005
Sigh. Over the last couple of weeks I've started seeing comment spam so I've turned on the word verification for comments feature. I apologize to the overwhelming majority of posters (and you both know who you are) who post real comments.To the cretins who use this very irritating from of spam...

The Working Poor

Posted on September 06, 2005
More Perspective On The Cost Of ThingsThis article, answering the question of why so many people didn't leave New Orleans when it became obvious that the potential for a catastrophic landfall by Katrina was extremely high, illustrates the points some of us have been making about the realities of the true cost of legal representation...

Still Here After All These Days

Posted on August 30, 2005
My God! Won't It Ever Slow Down?Yes, I'm still alive, and functioning. More or less. Work, these last few weeks, has given new meaning to the expression "rode hard and put up wet." Nothing spectacular, nothing earthshaking. Just one damn' thing after another...

Nebraska man charged for sex with wife, 13

Posted on July 26, 2005
Now here's a disturbing (on many levels) story.Nebraska man charged for sex with wife, 13 - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.comThis really gets to the heart of what do we mean by consent in the context of the statutory rape laws. It also engenders some disturbing thoughts about arranged marriages and white slavery, when you think about what's going on here...

And People Wonder Why We Don't Use Our Real Names

Posted on July 26, 2005
One of the hazards of freedom of speech, your boss may not like what you have to say.Fashion Editor Fired Over Blog

Requiescat In Pace James "Scotty" Doohan

Posted on July 20, 2005
March 3, 1920 - July 20, 2005The 36th Anniversary of Apollo XI Moon Landing

There Will Always Be An England

Posted on July 08, 2005
As If We Needed Any More Proof Click here to visit the UK Red Cross Site From Dork Tower

Fathers Day 2005

Posted on June 19, 2005
Why Dad's Are ImportantJust got around to reading James Lileks Backfence column for today and I had to share a bit of it with whoever stops in here today. For those of you who don't know, James Lileks is, among other things, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and a hard core blogger - one of the sort who was doing this before it had a cute name...

Yes, My Lovelies, I Have Not Forgotten You

Posted on June 16, 2005
The Red Queen's Race Is On. . .in my office. Summer is here and two things happen -- people think they are entitled to actually use that vacation time they've accumulated, and the NCDA and our state association start putting on loooong training sessions...

So, What's A Lawyer Cost, Anyway?

Posted on June 06, 2005
OK. What does all that stuff down there, in the last post, mean? Nothing, until we get a handle on what it costs to hire a private attorney. If you look at most lawyers' websites, you'll see a lot of lawyer-speak on the subject of fees. Except this site, where the talk is pretty straight forward, and this site, which is a little more direct than most...

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