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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cubs/Indians (Cubs win three after down 2-1)

Congrats. But, not very competitive after first three.

Update: Giants (in London, per Rams turnovers; offense mediocre) and Jets (in U.S., but comparable, Geno Smith out early) both win. Three way tie (kinda) for second/one game behind in NFC East. Fitzpatrick not really shining or anything as Jets ready to play string.

Against the Death Penalty

Various justices (Powell said so after he resigned) at some point came against the constitutionality of the death penalty. Two more said it was "likely" and this book provides that dissent with an added introduction and enhanced endnotes (Breyer doesn't do footnotes, so much of them basically translates references into them). The author is the wife of Senator Amy Klobuchar and wrote multiple books on the Eight Amendment and the death penalty.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Real Liddy James

There are so many fiction books out there but I find it hard to get into most of them. Found this by chance and found it an enjoyable read. Liddy James is a divorced successful family lawyer with two kids who overextends herself and has a bit of a breakdown. We also get a window into her ex-husband's current partner (surprise pregnancy), whose voice we sometimes hear, and a bit of some other characters. Liddy isn't the only one at a bit of a crossroads. Good mix with a healthy touch of empathy including for blended families.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gregory Lawler Executed

Supreme Court debate questions involved guns (HRC says gun regulation okay under 2A) and abortion plus HRC saying the Senate should confirm Garland (if they don't by January 20? not addressed) while Trump said RBG was mean to him. None on death penalty even with the subject matter due to occur by end of day. The execution itself involved use of a AR-15, the guy on death row for about twenty years. Failed challenge based on his autism diagnosis.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Own Words

I think the Notorious RBG book is an excellent means to get a full accounting of the woman but this provides a chance to get her own words (with brief introductions providing biographic information, this originally planned to be a companion to a biography but she continues to be on the Court) on various issues such as women, a moderate approach to judging, dissents and usage of international law. Plus, various bench statements.

Monday, October 17, 2016

SCOTUS declines to rule in 1995 death penalty case

On an otherwise boring order day, Sotomayor (with RBG) dissented from a denial of cert. in a death penalty case, one relisted multiple times. On Twitter, Shon Hopwood (wife now in law school; just argued a case in federal appeals court) welcomed the dissent. Twenty years on death row raises a Breyer concern -- long time on death row -- but did not join. Maybe, it wasn't a good procedural case / wasn't likely to be granted cert., thus dissent of two.

Update: Chris Geidner on Twitter opined that the other liberals might not have supported Sotomayor's procedural analysis. Meanwhile, in the Northern Mariana Islands 2A news.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Kate McKinnon Talking About Her Cat

She's great as a whole, so full of life and hilarious. Plus sexy. Looks like Yogee.

Trump IS a Threat to the Rule of Law

Some pushback on the criticism of Trump saying he wants to jail Clinton, but as various comments suggest, as a whole that is an overcorrection. If a simplistic "never prosecute" rule [but not prosecuting predecessors has bite if you take everything into consideration] is in place or "take rhetoric totally seriously" is the issue, okay. But, it's more than that.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Fair Punishment Project releases second part of report on small number of US counties still actively utilizing the death penalty"

Any one argument against the death penalty is only going to appeal to some people but the "unusual" nature of its application seems significant. The first comment here makes some points but as suggested by mine own think only so much. Anyway, it's not just any one thing.