By Douglas A. Berman
A colleague, W. David Ball, wrote me an interesting e-mail that I asked him to tweak into a guest post. Here is what he sent my way:
The Uses of Revenge, Redux
Last week, the ALI voted to withdraw Section 210.6 of the Model Penal Code ? the section which provides a framework for the imposition of the death penalty ? because of the "current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment." This decision gave me occasion to revisit Anders Walker's excellent article (posted here a few months ago) about Herbert Wechsler, the Reporter of the first Model Penal Code: American Oresteia: Herbert Wechsler, the Model Penal Code, and the Uses of Revenge. What I found particularly fascinating was the idea that Wechsler, himself a utilitarian, nevertheless saw some benefit in retributivism: it satisfied the public's nature for revenge in a way that prevented the "degredation of criminal codes...
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Revenge of TV lovers!
This is a pretty hilarious story by a TV writer for "The Simpsons," getting a well-measured dose of revenge against one of those annoying "I don't watch TV" pseudo-intellectuals!
Good to be Back and Bilski Redux (Again) [Maybe]
Thanks again to Prawfs for having me back this month. This is my fourth stint as a guest blogger - time flies! I won't have much to say until next week, as I'm house hunting with the family in Pennsylvania this week...
Revenge Is Now a Lot Less Sweet
Many of you have heard me at least once present a seminar on how to increase the likelihood of getting paid. It concludes with a methodology to exact revenge when all the right moves on your part don't motivate clients to pay.
Guest Post :: Getting the Most Out of Boot Camp
After reading last week's Guest Post by Todd Juneau, Paul Meyerson submitted a comment suggesting some additional ways to get the most out of Boot Camp. I asked him to expand his thoughts into a Guest Post, which I am...
Guest Post: Kat Sanders
Guest Post: I got a request to allow a guest post, and since I'm lazy enough to let anyone write for me, I decided to allow it. See below:HIPAA Enforcement ? When It Matters and When it Doesn?tThe HIPAA rule that protects patient privacy has been around for some time now, and it has always been in the midst of some controversy or the other...
Book and Conversation: Revenge and Forgiveness
If the law is about anything, it is about revenge and forgiveness. It is, of course, about more than that, but underneath much of the law's most intractable problems (not uncommonly found in areas of immigration, criminal law, and torts, to name only 3) you will usually find these two instincts, which may be more primal than you once thought:Speaking of Faith guest Michael McCullough, author of "Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct" with host Krista Tippett, in their Sunday, March 28th, 2010, interview:?Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life...
Jezebel overview here. I discussed revenge porn in this article, explaining why copyright law as currently configured doesn’t have much to offer victims, but could be changed so that it did...
Guest Column on Extraterritoriality
This is the first in what I hope to be many guest columns. If you or anyone you know would like to post an article on WApatents.com, just send it to me for review. I reserve the right not to publish or to edit any articles you send me...
Hang in there, Dean
Dean Barnett, who was a previous guest-poster at HughHewitt.com and a frequent guest-host for Hugh's radio show, is still in an ICU battling cystic fibrosis. As I've said in a short guest-post there, he's in my prayers this weekend.
A Quick Return to Sweet, Sweet Revenge
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After dispensing advice for 10 years about how to gain psychological relief by exacting revenge on deadbeat clients, I retracted it as of yesterday. After some additional research, I can again offer up the same advice with a better explanation.