I’m back. Reading through the 597 posts written by blawgers in my brief absence makes me wonder if there is already far too much being written, and that my efforts are at best redundant and superfluous, and at worst a total waste of your time. Still, I appreciate the efforts of my fellow blawgers, since I now feel confident that I haven’t missed a thing. They do a great job, with a particular shout out to Gideon, who appears to be back on that stallion at A Public Defender riding at full gallop.
Even my psycho stalker has been busy in my absence, creating a website [sorry if you missed it, but it’s gone now] dedicated to claiming I’m a pedophile who went on a sex vacation to chase young boys by piecing together sound bites from my podcast with CharonQC. Sick minds work in sick ways.
There were, of course, far too many spam comments to be cleaned up, but that’s just the normal housekeeping demanded of any blawger. Fortunately, most of you ignored that nasty Orin Kerr’s call to action, and left no beer bottles on the coffee table. Those rings are almost impossible to get out.
I see some fun comments which, under other circumstances, I would have had some fun playing with. Too bad this one, from Law is 4 Losers, came at such an inopportune time. He has elevated whining to an art form.
Much of the day will be spent getting through the emails and phone messages that can’t, in good conscience, be deleted. Many posts that might otherwise have been written will never see the light of day. One that won’t be put to words, but I just can’t ignore, is the New York Times article about the NYSACDL’s choice of honoring Robert Morgenthau at the annual dinner, for which (I’m told) the association is in the hole for about 100 attendees.
Craig Schlanger, the departing president of the association, said that Mr. Morgenthau was selected by a committee of about six people and that he was the first prosecutor the organization has ever honored.If only that were true, then Craig might understand why the association will end with his tenure. Can there be a committee of “about six?” Few people get to preside over the death of an association, and never before has it been done so well. There will be a new and viable association of criminal defense lawyers once the members of this one decide what its mission should be. But the NYSACDL has been dead for years, its officers doing nothing more than playing Norman Bates and collecting dues from the foolish laggards to pay the AmEx bill.
“It’s a very close call,” Mr. Schlanger said. “I can understand why it’s controversial.”
There is only one question about an occurrence while I was away that remains unanswered. Why, if the Supremes were going to issue a one sentence per curiam opinion in Briscoe v. Virginia, adhering to Melendez-Diaz, did they put it through a full briefing and oral argument rather than issue a summary reversal? Who needs that much drama?