Articles Tagged with Criminal law

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Home Free: How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system,” by Jennifer Gonnerman, in: New Yorker, A Reporter at Large, June 20, 2016 issue.
Derrick Hamilton was wrongfully convicted of murder, and spent more than two decades trying to prove his innocence…. He started spending time in the library, and eventually taught himself enough criminal law to become one of the most skilled jailhouse lawyers in the country….” [Link to New Yorker article.]

Hat tip to Longform.

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Our Kids Home Alone blog posts* still generate lots of questions and comments. Here is more terrifying food for thought for those of you who think twice about leaving kids home alone. Longform linked to this story on May 31, 2016:

“A Trial By Fire,” by Carol Mersch, at The Big Roundtable, May 2016

In eight minutes, Miashah Moses took out the trash and a blaze consumed the apartment….” [Link to Longform and the full article.]

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Demon Lake:

Is there anything better than astronaut photography (and is anyone wiser than some of our astronauts)? You can just Google [astronaut photographs etc] or start with this view of Lake of the Demon. (And here’s the Wikipeida Lake Rakshastal entry.) (And read Chris Hadfield’s books to your children for an inspirational, and perspirational, adventure.)

Cloud Appreciation Society:

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Short of performing a bundy-ectomy (formerly reserved for Al or Ted), let’s get another view of this particular cathedral. Here is an old Law Librarian’s take on protest and occupation:

Read a Book, Read the Law:

The history of protest goes back to the beginning of human time (check out the Flintstones if you doubt me).

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The Law Librarian, the Washington County Bar Association, the Law Library Committee, and the Oregon State Bar consider it a serious matter when attorneys do not return borrowed Law Library materials. Please note OSB Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(a) & ORS 164.005, 164.015, 357.975 & 357.990

More about law book page thefts at the Legal Research is Easy blog: This Just Torques my Shorts.

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OIP Event: This is Innocence: May 15, 2015, at Mercy Corp Action Center (Portland).

Guest speaker Jennifer Thompson, a rape victim who wrongly identified her attacker and sent the wrong person to prison. “DNA later freed that man, Ronald Cotton, and the two wrote a book together about the unreliability of eyewitness identification and the beauty in forgiveness called Picking Cotton.

Also speaking will be Rep. Jennifer Williamson from House Dist. 36 and Steve Wax, OIP’s Legal Director

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A few days ago a Trimet buddy told his fellow riders about an appalling tax return grab and go theft that happened at the downtown post office earlier this week. He was jostled from behind and when he turned the mail in his hand was grabbed, including, especially, the easily identifiable IRS tax return envelope.

He spent the remainder of the day, and week, doing the rounds of police, credit reporting agencies, IRS, and all the other ID theft checklist items, including a couple hours looking at security video, sadly to no avail.

Yes it’s a lesson to file electronically, but it’s also a lesson we all need to keep in mind – watch out for other people and not always strangers who invade your personal space. And keep those valuables out of sight!