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Just a little musing here this morning. We were thinking back, in world-historical terms, and reminding ourselves of our now long ago educational experience as an undergrad, where for a time we were infatuated with the ideas of GWF Hegel. Hegel was not a communist – he predated communism – but some of his ideas were preludes, as it were. For example, communism is known for its “dialectical materialism”. Hegel wasn’t a reductionist/materialist at all,…
ruat caelum. “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” Being a judge can be a very easy job, or a very difficult one, but when it’s difficult it’s not difficult in the usual way. That is, it’s not difficult due to arduousness, or long hours. No, being a judge can be difficult when it requires moral courage, one of the four cardinal virtues of antiquity. The Latin adage is interesting from that standpoint. Most…
We have no idea why this is occurring. There’s a lot going on in the country, and indeed the world, that ought to command our attention. Then again, look at all the attention the Kardashians get. In any case, back in the day we opined somewhat prolifically about the Casey Anthony trial, which was a world wide frenzy for no particular reason we could fathom even then. We found the whole thing horribly fascinating. The…
There is absolutely no way in any sane universe that the Plaintiffs “failed to allege” sufficient facts to avoid a 12(b)(6) dismissal in this case, headlines and bylines and introductory paragraphs notwithstanding. The linked article is behind a paywall, but neither you nor I have to read the article, nor do we have to spend our PACER capital looking up the actual decision. The system has learned nothing from a year or more of…
So this is a hot issue these days. And an interesting one. And it poses questions that are largely out of our field – immunology, epidemiology – so we’re careful about making grand or definitive pronouncements. Our traditional position has been something along the lines of “live and let live”. If you feel the need to vaccinate, why, go right ahead. If you object to vaccination, well, by all means refrain. But our traditional position…
Two items this morning remind us of how difficult it can be to focus on what causes what. Post hoc ergo propter hoc. It makes sense to infer that what comes right after something else was caused by the something else. But of course it’s a logical fallacy. Scott Greenfield is looking at the same phenomena we are – the civil unrest, the calls for abolishing the police, and so on – and attributes…
From Michael Cohen that’s to be expected, we suppose. But how does a media outlet cover this story without the slightest mention of the attorney client betrayal going on? And Professor Turley, who wields a pretty big internet megaphone, is focused on what the feds took or didn’t take in their search. The elephant in the room remains the idea of raiding Giuliani’s office in the first place. Obviously, lawyers can be prosecuted like anyone…
He surfaces from time to time in this or that article in the news feed. The point always seems to be that he is cheering on the federal investigations that put his former client, Donald Trump, in criminal jeopardy. Let us say that again: he’s trying to help those that are out to prosecute and imprison his former client. Not that he’s ever going to be much help. It’s hard to imagine a worse…
It goes on, Judah!” Apparently someone important was reading over here and picked up on the fact – which only we seemed to find significant at the time – that having the wife of a SONY Records’ attorney sit in judgment on the Ke$ha v. Dr. Luke case was, you know, bad optics. So the litigation went to another judge but the result was the same and we’re a little puzzled by the…