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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: SORA
Scene: SORA hearing in front of Judge Dudgeon Bludgeon. ADA Tightskirt: Judge, Mr. Claus should be adjudicated a Level 3 maximum risk sex offender. He’s a recidivist sexually motivated burglar. Santa Claus: (appearing pro se) Nonsense! I’ve never had any trouble … Continue reading
Last February Congress passed the “International Megan’s Law,” requiring registered sex offenders to have a conspicuous mark on their passports identifying them as such. A federal court summarily dismissed a lawsuit challenging the law, saying that, since the government has … Continue reading
Of the nearly 40,000 persons on New York’s sex offender registry, 9,679 are displayed on its public website as Level 3, a warning that he or she presents the maximum risk of committing a sex crime of maximum seriousness. … Continue reading
Sigh. Another drop-dead letter from the NY Court of Appeals, the second one this week. The first denied leave to appeal where our client got 107 years after a trial that he spent mostly down in the courthouse pens because … Continue reading
Friends, New Yorkers, Countrypersons! Lend us your ears! We come not to praise SORA but to bury it. For the courts say its purpose is not to punish, but to protect public safety. And courts are honorable persons, otherwise they … Continue reading