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Today’s Quote"Constant insistence on the precise definition of terms is pedantic. But one must know what one is talking about." - E.H. Carr, "What is History?"
- When is a trial not a trial? When there’s no jury.
- How to describe judicial decisionmaking without being held in contempt
- The Court of Appeals rules on SORA
- From the archives: Judge Rakoff on graffiti and Oedipus Rex
- Lunar New Year message: take a tip from the fish
- DOJ recommends new photo array procedures: no hints allowed.
- Buttering up the judge
- Judge Saxe tells all
- Happy New Year from the compassionate NYPD
- Santa Claus is Level 3
- Vwar deer or vor dire? A guest post from the Public Defender of Harris Co., Texas
- Trump promotes job opportunties for ex-offenders
- Brooklyn DA prosecutes purse snatching as a hate crime
- Is your brief turgid and prolix?
- What’s wrong with this picture?
- Squawk is sent to PC training — again.
- What do legislators know about the Constitution?
- How to keep your brief under the word limit
- Do prosecutors know the truth from a lie?
- Homeland Security announces contest for best sex offender passport design
- Brooklyn DA Thompson on Gun Control
- Prez advisors warn: halt convictions based on pseudoscience
- Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s model DA
- Not the News: ISIS Highly Insulted by Trump’s Crediting Obama as Founder
- SORA: The human cost of junk science
- The NY Court of Appeals gets its comeuppance
- Guest Post: Exoneration after 25 Years Is Great but Competent Appellate Review at the Time Would Have Been Better
- Justice Ginsburg speaks her mind. . . and is sorry.
- Punishing misconduct: Prosecutors can dish it out but can’t take it
- Court of Appeals to Squawk: Drop Dead
- Is a Parrot’s Statement Testimonial?
- Time for courts to put their money where their mouth is about eyewitness misidentification
- Guest post: Proposed Additions to the NY Penal Code
- Sheldon Silver’s Life Matters: Part 2
- Sheldon Silver’s Life Matters
- We find no error “under the circumstances”
- How the Appellate Division reads your brief
- Happy 20th Birthday, SORA, may you die soon.
- A Matter of Gravity
- More Client-Centered than Thou
- Judge Weinstein at the Brooklyn Historical Society
- Can Lawyers Be Robots?
- JUDGE WOOL TAPPED FOR HIGH COURT CHIEF, VOWS REVERSAL QUOTAS
- Ferreting out the 4-year olds
- Videotaping Interrogations: The Court of Appeals Blows It
- Appellate Squawk’s Murder Mystery
- Squawk at the movies: “Court” by Chaitanya Tamhane
- Is there a constitutional right to put annoying signs on the back of your car?
- The 1st Amendment pinball machine
- Follow Appellate Squawk on WordPress.com
Category Archives: Judges
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
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
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
We recently came across this drawing by our hero Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) (whose desperate advocate we’ve appropriated in our masthead) that says everything you need to know about preparing for oral argument: “Ai-je besoin d’éloquence devant un juge si haut … Continue reading
Judges are always kvetching that appellate briefs are too long and BO-ring or, as Judge Saxe says, “turgid and prolix.” The federal judish has decided to strike back by slashing word limits from 14,000 to 13,000. The decree sparked howls … Continue reading
When it comes to federal habeas petitions, never has so much been denied to so many by so few. To the prisoner, a habeas is the last bastion of hope. To the federal judish, it’s the occasion for assuring state … Continue reading
Millions of Americans who were ready to vote for Trump abruptly changed their minds after Justice Ginsburg publicly stated that if he were president, “I can’t imagine what the country would be.” “He says whatever comes into his head at … Continue reading