Legal Ethics

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Judge Baugh’s “apology” was bad as could be

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

It’s fashionable these days to treat ethical principles as somewhat debatable, dependent on circumstances and personal proclivities.  As someone who thinks and writes about ethics, I’ll admit that situations that present conflicting values can sometimes be somewhat ambiguous.  However, there are certain ethical principles that, in my opinion, have to be upheld in any remotely [...]

An apology to black Americans after the Zimmerman trial

Monday, July 15th, 2013

In the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquital, I want to apologize to the African-American community.  I never met Trayvon Martin or George Zimmerman, nor am I responsible for Florida’s “stand your ground” law or a legal system that prohibits conviction if a clever defense attorney is able to raise a shadow of doubt about a [...]

Washington shouldn’t protect “Frankenfoods”

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Amazingly enough, Congress and the President recently managed to agree on budget-related legislation without coming to near-fatal blows first.  On Friday, Congress passed a continuing resolution that will fund the federal government through September 30th, and President Obama signed it into law on Tuesday.  That’s the good news, and it’s very good indeed. The not-so-good [...]

How will businesses handle the sequester?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

We’re a mere four days away from massive, across-the-board federal budget cuts  that will take effect Friday unless Congress and President Obama can come to a deal on how to avert them.  Given that Congress and the President can barely agree on what day of the week it is,  I’m not especially optimistic that they’ll come [...]

Don’t tolerate mass shootings just because they’re rare

Monday, December 17th, 2012

As the nation struggles to understand last week’s shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, we’re beginning a long-overdue discussion about gun control.  The experts are out in force on both sides, making arguments for and against putting limits on the general public’s access to guns.  It’s quite the circus, and likely to accelerate as the debate gets [...]

Judge Gladys to Big Tobacco: “Admit it – you lied!”

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

My hat’s off to U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler, who has required three big tobacco companies to pay for a very special public advertising campaign.  Judge Kessler has ordered the top three cigarette makers in the United States, Philip Morris, Reynolds and Lorillard, to publicly admit that they lied about the adverse health effects caused by [...]

An apology and applause to Chief Justice Roberts

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The big news item of the day is, of course, the Supreme Court’s opinion upholding the Obama Administration’s health care reform law. We’ll be hearing for the next several weeks what this decision likely means for American families, employers and states, undoubtedly with heavy spin from both sides of the aisle. (Then again, all those [...]

Is Congress becoming sophomoric?

Monday, May 21st, 2012

NPR ran a fun story this morning highlighting research by Lee Drutman, a political scientist professor and senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation. Dr. Drutman has reportedly analyzed the Congressional Record and found that Congress’ ranking on the Flesch-Kincaid scale — a computer algorithym which evaluates readability — has dropped almost one full grade level [...]

How much should an e-book cost?

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Yesterday, the Justice Department filed a civil antitrust suit against computer giant Apple and five major publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster), accusing the defendants of artificially inflating the prices of e-books. According to news reports, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster have already settled the suit, leaving Apple, Macmillan and Penguin [...]

The press shouldn’t try George Zimmerman – but it should address racial inequities

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

As events surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin continue to unfold, I become increasingly concerned about how news reports may distort the outcome. By law, George Zimmerman, the man who reportedy shot Trayvon Martin, is innocent until proven guilty. He hasn’t even been indicted yet. Unfortunately, hard lines have already been drawn between people who [...]

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