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About Appellate Squawk

A satirical blog for criminal defense lawyers and their friends who won't give up without a squawk.

Prosecutor Powerpoint and Wigmore’s horse

Since prosecutors’ summations are basically commercials to sell the jury on a guilty verdict, it was only a matter of time before they started using advertising graphics. In People v. Santiago (2014), New York’s top court saw nothing wrong with the People’s … Continue reading

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In memory of Dennis Murphy, public defender

Dennis Murphy passed away at home in his sleep on March 22, 2017, after several years of being progressively weakened by neurodegenerative illness.  He was Director of Training at the Legal Aid Society, where he overflowed with more ideas for … Continue reading

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When is a trial not a trial? When there’s no jury.

We recently briefed a case where the judge took the bench after the lunch break and announced, “The Court has arrived at a verdict.  The verdict is –,” until the parties frantically stopped her. The trial hadn’t finished yet!  She … Continue reading

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How to describe judicial decisionmaking without being held in contempt

The biggest challenge of appellate writing is figuring out how to convey without actually saying so that the trial judge was an uninformed barnacle.  Especially when the standard of review is that the judge is always right.  The appellate squawker … Continue reading

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The Court of Appeals rules on SORA


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From the archives: Judge Rakoff on graffiti and Oedipus Rex

From “The Villager,” August 24, 2005 Chelsea graffiti party Federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday ordered the Bloomberg administration to reinstate a permit for a Wed. Aug. 24 Chelsea block party featuring the painting of graffiti on mock subway … Continue reading

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Lunar New Year message: take a tip from the fish

This week we’ve been poking around Manhattan’s Chinatown celebrating the Year of the Rooster.                             “Sometimes your destiny needs to be spelled out.”  Fish were everywhere.    … Continue reading

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