Fault Lines: Two Judges, No Waiting

There’s been plenty happening at Fault Lines, which I assume that everyone should be totally aware of since you read every post there daily, right? Right?!? You should. And you should subscribe, so you at least get to see every post and realize how much you’re missing. Do it. I don’t ask for much, but do this for me.

So no, you won’t do it just because I asked you to? You are so unappreciative and demanding. If that’s not a good enough reason, how about this: Fault Lines is now the only place on the interwebs, ever in the history of man, where you can read and comment on posts by two (count ’em, two) federal judges. Oh, sure, you know that Senior Nebraska District Judge Richard Kopf writes at Fault Lines. Ho hum, you jaded little suckers say. As if you got to engage with federal judges off the record all the time. But now, double your pleasure, double your fun with…

Welcome, Colorado Senior United States District Judge John Kane.

Judge Kane, who was crossed last week, has graciously offered his thoughts in his inaugural post.  Where else do you get to read the ruminations of federal judges, comment on them, engage with them, without being held in contempt? That’s right, nowhere else. No. Where. Else. But Fault Lines.

As if that wasn’t enough to get you off your lazy, good-for-nothing butts, Fault Lines has been incredibly fortunate to have three new writers who are kicking butt.  Welcome criminal defense lawyer and President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, JoAnne Musick; Miami criminal defense and immigration lawyer, Mario Machado; and my editor at SJ and the most brilliant young man in Heidelberg, David Meyer-Lindenberg.

Is that it, you ask? A couple of federal judges, a handful of fabulous writers with centuries of experience covering the gamut of criminal law experience, offering all perspectives no matter how much they confirm your bias or make you cry?

Well yeah. That’s it. And it doesn’t get any better.

7 thoughts on “Fault Lines: Two Judges, No Waiting

  1. Keith

    I read the cross with Judge Kane over the weekend. Seems like a guy with experience on all sides of the courtroom that’s willing to think and share his thoughts. Looking forward to more posts. A he’s right about the individual consideration in his opinion being worth the read.

    Any appellate judges possible?

    1. SHG Post author

      Possible? Sure. I wouldn’t hold their being on a circuit against them. I’m not that kinda guy.

  2. John Barleycorn

    ♡In 1979, when Colorado legislators complained about the millions of dollars his court orders would cost the state, he told them to melt the gold in the Capitol’s dome to fund statewide prison improvements.♧

    What a concept.

      1. John Barleycorn

        Have been reading up on his stats and biography.

        Most of the the truly great sluggers are modest.

        The fortitude speaks for itself.

        Figured I would drop his smelting remarks in for teaser.

        As I am sure you know, there is lots more.

        P.S. How do you do it esteemed one? A centerfielder who hits .370 and looks good trotting out of the dugout to boot.


  3. Jeffrey L. Boyer

    I did as instructed (commanded?) and read the interview with Judge Kane. Was well worth the time.

    I thought your interview was a fine introduction to a fine judge. The Judge mentioning Veblen, a man from nearly a century ago, with keen observations and nearly impeccable reasoning in his own right, was especially neat to remind of a great intellect that seems oft forgotten in these times. Continued reading the case reasoning Judge Kane mentioned, and Swan Song speech. Duly impressed.

    I am especially encouraged to see such sound reasoning from an eminent source, but now left bewildered how such reason and logic has not seemed to prevail, and as Judge Kane laments, “have not taken root,” in our system today. Tragic, despite the hard work and dedication of people like Judge Kane, and people like you.

    1. SHG Post author

      When I prepped for Judge Kane’s cross, I was astounded at his background. To the extent I thought I did okay, it made me realize how little I accomplished in comparison.

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