A few weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys, in my opinion, kinda got screwed by the officials (this is very difficult for me to say, as I am not, in any way, shape or form, a Cowboys fan). As you may know, a Cowboy wide receiver caught a pass, and, while attempting to gain a few more yards, lost control of the ball and that catch was ruled incomplete. Although the experts, commentators and talking heads all thought the call was the correct one, I still thought the Cowboys were robbed (again, very painful ... read more
I've been slammed over the past few weeks. So this is another classic hit. And still somewhat relevant:
A couple of weeks ago, I sat in rapt attention as the President of the United States delivered (or, more than likely read) his State of the Union Speech. Most of the highlights were hit: America is strong (doubtful); the economy is recovering (as long as more and more people drop out of the workforce, the unemployment numbers can remain artificially low); and peace and prosperity for all Americans ... read more
This is an oldie but a goodie. In light of a recent elected official's donnybrook with the local paper, I thought we could all brush up on our libel/slander/defamation rules.
Ok, we’re back on solid ground here. A few weeks ago, I made mention of an interesting column I was going to share next week. Well, those of us in the Penn State University universe were kind of shaken up by the events of last week, and thus, I wrote a column based on why I thought that Penn State’s iconic coach needed ... read more
I was listening to a podcast the other day, and I heard something that was fascinating, terrifying and perhaps, kind of applicable in this day and age. It appears that, in the middle ages, a lot of things were considered personal property. Actually, it would be easier to say what personal property wasn't back during that time. If you were a white male that owned real estate, you weren't chattel. That's it.
Everything else was personal property in most instances. Houses, tools, wives, kids, animals ... read more
A few weeks ago (or it could have been a few months ago, given how lazily I update this thing - sorry, Brenda!) I saw something that made me shake my head in disgust, dismay and any other "dis" word you can think of.
Apparently, Columbia University School of Law was allowing students to apply for postponements to take their final exams, due to the situations that played out in Staten Island and Ferguson. The students that demanded such a waiver were finding it difficult to apply the law in hypothetical ... read more
I love the podcast "Serial". Love, love, love it! Every Thursday, I make sure that my iTunes downloads it, as well as the two or three other companion/analysis podcasts, so I can listen to my heart's content.
For all of you unfamiliar with the show, a reporter from National Public Radio (stay with me, readers), explores the ins and outs of a murder trial conducted in Baltimore during 1999. The defendant (no names here) was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend, and sentenced to life in prison. ... read more
I know similar (ok, the exact SAME) thoughts were published in a column of mine a few months ago, but, given out POTUS' recent activities, I think its well-worth revisiting.
And I'm lazy.
It's interesting. I do some immigration work here and there and it's always fairly challenging. Of course, I don't get the slam dunk lay-ups - I get the guy that's been married four times and has brought four wives and a fiancé over to the U.S. Or, I get someone that forgot to renew their green card. For three ... read more
I held my breath for almost the entirety of election night. Then, of course, I had to breathe, because the gubernatorial and my congressional race weren't decided (the governor was selected the next day; the congressman a few days after that). I could not believe, once the smoke cleared, that I was (kinda) living in a Red State. For only the third time in about 40 years did Maryland have a governor from the GOP. And twice since I've lived here. Amazing.
The issue that will come up is how well Governor-elect ... read more
Ebola is on its way. Or maybe it isn't. The messages conflict; either we're in the beginning of a terrible struggle with a pandemic that could wipe out a significant chunk of the population, or we're in the midst of a little hiccup in disease that should be contained by the end of the year. Either way, interesting times ahead.
There are a few things that trouble me about Ebola and the situation in which we find ourselves. The first is that Ebola, apparently, is a terrible, terrible disease. The ... read more
When I took constitutional Law in law school, I was excited. Finally, I would learn the ins and outs of the most famous constitutional battles in history - all surrounding the issue of free speech (because really, what do we Americans usually associate with the United States Constitution? Not voting rights or separation of powers or checks and balances; but free speech - the First Amendment!). And maybe abortion - that's a big one, too. But that's a column for another day.
For thirty weeks, I waited ... read more