Yep, as indicated in this story in the ABA Journal, it appears the quality of law school students is declining sharply and law school grads are also flunking the bar exam at a record rate.
Sep 27, 2016
Northern Michigan University apparently disciplines students who tell other students they are feeling suicidal or self-destructive because those thoughts might be uncomfortable. Apparently the school would rather students with such feelings harm or kill themselves than seek help from their peers. As discussed at Popehat Blog, the school’s approach is contrary to what mental health professionals would suggest.
Sep 26, 2016
Oddly, the New York City Police Department claims that it can’t determine how much money it has seized from citizens over the past four years. Apparently, New York City has taken so much money through civil forfeiture in the past four years that it can’t count it all. The NYPD claims that just trying to figure out how much it has taken through civil forfeiture over that 4-year period would crash its computer system. For … Read more
Sep 23, 2016
Just Because You’ve Completed Your Sentence Doesn’t Mean We Can’t Later Imprison You for What You Have Not Done
A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision illustrates one of many Kafkaesque aspects of our justice system. In Clark v. Ryan, Case No. 15-15531 decided September 2, 2016, a three judge panel affirmed the state court conviction and 3-½ year prison sentence imposed for failing to comply with a sex offender registration statute enacted after the petitioner was convicted of the underlying crime.
In 1982 Davie Clark, who was then 18 years old, … Read more