Tag Archive: trials


Trials of the Century: The Murder of Willie Earle

Willie Earle, a black man in his mid twenties, got picked up on a murder charge. The day before, someone—it could have been Earle, but that doesn’t matter—robbed a cab driver and stabbed him to death.

By the evening of Earle’s first day in the county jail, a large crowd of about fifty men, mostly cab drivers, all white, gathered outside. They demanded Earle be handed over to them. He was. The crowd then lynched Earle, beating, stabbing and shooting him. This was 1947. Greenville, South Carolina.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.24.13

A) A law school dean whose writing you may have read is being sued for retaliating over sexual harassment claims. ABA Journal.

B) In other controversial law school news, this one wants to ban gay students. Above the Law.

C) A Texas judge is guilty of texting an assistant DA during a trial. Tech Dirt.

D) The JonBenet Ramsey case (aka The Trial That Never Ends) is back in the news. CNN.

E) Don’t believe everything you see on the internet. In fact, don’t trust any of it. Except this. Mental Floss.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.22.13

A) The law schools atop US News and World Report’s rankings have been there long before US News and World Report. ABA Journal.

B) The InfiLaw System, the law school version of the University of Phoenix, is raking in the money. Inside Counsel.

C) USC Law is also getting in on the online market. Los Angeles Times.

D) Detroit’s bankruptcy trial kicks off tomorrow (assuming the city can afford a lawyer). NBC News.

E) America: Land of the free, home of preposterous state laws. Visual.ly.

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Future Defense Lawyers Should Follow the Nidal Hasan Trial

I’ll do us all a favor and spare you the details of the Ft. Hood massacre. If you need them, a quick Google search ought to turn up whatever you need. What I will discuss here is the unique position in which the lawyers for gunman Nidal Hasan find themselves.

Hasan has been allowed by the court martial to defend himself with the aid of a legal team headed by Lt. Col. Kris Poppe. Poppe has asked the judge in Hasan’s case to stay her order requiring Lt. Col. Poppe and his team to help Hasan in his defense. Lt. Col. Poppe believes that Hasan intends to facilitate a verdict requiring the death penalty so that he can, in essence, force the military to help him commit suicide.

Lt. Col. Poppe, as someone who opposes suicide, finds himself in what he describes as a “morally repugnant” position.

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For Aspiring Lawyers, the Whitey Bulger Trial is Must-See TV

If you’ve been following the Whitey Bulger trial, you know that its goings-on are the stuff usually reserved for the cinema or television screen. Lifelong subterfuge, murdering rivals, being pursued by one intelligence agency while working for another, and any other number of incredulities litter the trial’s landscape.

For those unfamiliar with Monsieur Bulger, some of his life is loosely chronicled by Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of watching that particular film, suffice it to say that Whitey was a bad, bad man.

The most recent development in the Bulger trial would make a Law and Order writer drool over her keyboard.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.5.13

A) Law school students may have some more training to do. The National Law Journal.

B) The Third Amendment lives on. Wait, which one is that again? WSJ Law Blog.

C) The latest on the George Zimmerman trial. CNN.

D) Worried about unemployment after law school? You could always bake cake… Above the Law.

E) Missed the 4th Fireworks? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Buzzfeed.