Bending the Rules

August 12, 2012 Competency
“Hard cases make bad law” is a tired lifeless legal cliche but it works to describe the Jared Loughner case. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. noted in Northern Securities Co. v....


August 8, 2012 Admission Rule
I have been the fortunate recipient of many delicious pieces of impeachment in my career as a defense lawyer. The latest was in John Goodman’s trial.

Michael Phelps

August 6, 2012 Jason Lezak
No matter what sport, profession or occupation you follow, Michael Phelps is an example of excellence. He is not always the winner but is always the best at what he...

The Twelfth Victim

August 1, 2012 Olympics
Last Friday I was invited to Shabbos dinner at my neighbor’s house. Boris gave a prayer for the twelve victims of the Munich Olympic murders. He framed the issue better...


July 29, 2012 Olympics
The opening ceremonies of the London Olympics were inspiring and fun. The organizers and the International Olympic Committee took plenty of time to celebrate people. They celebrated young athletes. The...

Cool Hand Luke

July 25, 2012 Cool Hand Luke
Frank Pierson, a prolific Hollywood screenwriter, died this week. He wrote scripts for Dog Day Afternoon, Cat Ballou, and many TV shows, including consulting on the recent hits Mad Men...