Frontier Former Editor

March 9, 2008

The barrister from Ipanema . . . .

Filed under: justice, juvenile justice, legal profession, surreal, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Frontier Former Editor @ 10:38 am

Let’s see . . . . Brazilian officials are worried about an 8-year old passing a law school entrance exam (here), and Americans hardly bat an eye at the fact their Attorney General can’t decide whether or not simulated drowning is torture despite the fact that it’s been a courtmartial offense for more than a century.

 Not to mention that, in my own little corner of hell small-town America, I personally know of two attorneys who suggest the positively medieval qualities latent in the U.S. justice system.

One attorney – who unfortunantely lives less than a mile from me – managed to keep his law license for close to 20 years despite a state felony fraud conviction and multiple suspensions by the Virginia State Bar before finally earning a permanent disbarrment.

Another attorney – who unfortunately lives less than 10 miles from me – still has his license despite a federal felony conviction on matters connected to the questionable disappearance of a reported drug dealer. In a delectable piece of irony, said attorney was disqualified as an assistant special prosecutor when defense attorneys in the case helpfully noted that his status as a convicted felon prohibited him from being in contact with a piece of evidence – a firearm. The fact that his special prosecutor status had been requested by his son – who originally was cited by the Virginia State Bar for prosecutorial misconduct in the case’s original indictment – merely added icing to the pastry.

 Given the quality of some other examples of the American legal profession in recent years . . .

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I’d worry less about juvenile Brazilian barristers and solicitors and more about law schools on the mid-Atlantic coast.

October 14, 2007

Sunny days and Sunday always get me down . . .

because that’s really my only day off and I get to catch up with the latest examples of what I already know – this nation has allowed itself to become a ship of fools.

And for today’s laundry list:

  • Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo “I didn’t know what was going on at Abu Ghraib despite it being under my command” Sanchez says the war in Iraq is a “nightmare with no end in sight.” (myway via Drudge)
  • A Florida jury decided that guards beating and administering their own form of medical revival treatment to a juvenile boot camp inmate was not a crime, even though  “[a]n initial autopsy by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County, found Anderson died of natural causes from sickle cell trait [and a] second autopsy was ordered and another doctor concluded that the guards suffocated Anderson through their repeated use of ammonia capsules and by covering his mouth.” (myway via Drudge)
  • And nostalgia for the era of Allen Pinkerton and Baldwin & Felts is going strong this year, if Newsweek’s article on the topic is any indication. (Newsweek, via Crooks and Liars)

The bad part is, it’s all nothing really new. 

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