Perry Mason Moment

April 18, 2018

This is fascinating. I had no idea that the lawyer who got the judge to force Cohen’s lawyer to reveal that the third client was Sean Hannity wasn’t even a lawyer for either primary party.

I introduced myself and listed off my clients, and the judge invited me to the podium, where I began my argument. I pointed out, as Strom did on Friday, that the names of clients were not privileged and that there is a First Amendment right of access to court hearings whose purpose is to enable the public and press to monitor their institutions. I pointed out that most of the seats in the room were occupied by members of the press, and I wrapped up by quoting Chief Justice Burger in Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia. The judge eventually ordered Mr. Cohen’s attorneys to reveal the client’s name. That’s when we had a truly Perry Mason moment: The attorney said it was Hannity, and there was a collective and audible gasp in the room. I’ve been practicing law for a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like that. Electronic devices are generally prohibited in the court, too, so five or 10 reporters rushed from the room to get that news out as soon as possible. It was like a scene from an old-time movie.

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Amazon Apologizes for Shipping Ten Thousand Copies of Comey’s Book to White House

April 12, 2018

Nice one by Andy Borowitz at the New Yorker.,,

Calling it a “regrettable accident,” Amazon apologized on Thursday for shipping ten thousand advance copies of James Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty,” to the White House.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, called any speculation that Trump had ordered Comey’s book “absurd,” adding, “The President does not order reading material.”

Bezos said that shipping the ten thousand books back to the company’s warehouse would not be overly costly for Amazon. “We get an amazing deal on postage,” he said.


Strange Bedfellows 2

February 2, 2018

Erick Erickson and Josh Marshall in complete agreement…


No Hype

January 26, 2018

Presented without further comment, actual data.

gdp-growth

job-growth

 


Monstrous and Ahistorical

January 17, 2018

Maybe this Kasparov guy knows a thing about dictatorships and immigration. Just maybe…


Strange Bedfellows

January 17, 2018

I try to avoid politics on this blog, but it is difficult. As a fairly liberal guy, I found it strange to be following David Frum, Jennifer Rubin and Max Boot. But lately Bill Kristol has become the voice of reason.

Strange times…


You do have the right to remain silent

December 29, 2017

Preet Bharara is the former US Attorney fired by Donald Trump, supposedly due to not returning the president’s phone call. He now has a very interesting podcast:

https://www.wnycstudios.org/shows/preetbharara/episodes

I highly recommend the one with Garry Kasparov (who I also highly recommend). Preet also has a prosecutor’s wit on Twitter: