The Illness of Judge Jerry Smith

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 6:30 pm

Before I retired from law practice, it would never have dawned on me to direct my mother’s language at Judges, who held my clients’ interests in the palm of their hands. We did, however, have a term for the likes of Smith: we said he had a case of black robe fever. It’s a disease that lesser minds get when they realize that they are appointed for life, and they don’t have to answer to anyone for their actions.


Not Giving a Tinker’s Damn

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 1:30 am

According to the Fifth Circuit, Bobby Knight was too progressive, you couldn’t just infamously “lie back and enjoy” your rape, you have to actively cheer about it.

Are DOJ and DOI Making a Competent Legal Effort on Gulf Moratorium?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 7:00 am

If the Obama Administration and Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar truly believe in the propriety of their six-month moratorium, and are dedicated to fighting through appeal for it, why are their lawyers not acting like it? Are they really not trying because they really don’t care, or are they just sloppy and incompetent? It’s one or the other.

Low Tide for Ethics in the Gulf: Judge Feldman’s Conflicts and DOJ Malpractice

By: Monday June 28, 2010 3:40 pm

Oiled up BP Judge Martin Feldman was required by both statutory and ethical considerations to recuse himself; at a absolute base minimum to disclose his appearances of conflict on the record; but he did neither. Any competent standard of lawyering would mandate the government to raise the issue if they are going to fight Feldman’s ruling; but they have not. The public ought to be asking what the hell is going on here.

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