Category Archives: Law

What to make of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey?

What to make of the firing of James Comey yesterday by Donald Trump? It  certainly had echoes of the Saturday Night Massacre under the Nixon Administration. The official explanation from Trump’s administration is that Comey mishandled the investigation into Hillary … Continue reading

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This should be disturbing to anyone who cares about Justice even a little bit

I saw this last Sunday on 60 Minutes, and it should be of concern to anyone who cares even just a little bit about justice. Oh I know, a lot of the victims here are criminals. If they didn’t do … Continue reading

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There isn’t much point to trying to block the nomination of Neil Gorsuch

There will be a lot of effort expended over the next several weeks to thwart Neil Gorsuch’s appointment as the next Justice of the United States Supreme Court. It will be wasted effort, just like most of the effort to … Continue reading

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The Improvised Presidency of Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump’s will be the first improvised Presidency in the history of our nation. If you’ve read his biographies or watched his performance on the campaign trail, you know this to be true. Trump negotiates the way a civil litigator … Continue reading

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Ballot Question #2 in Massachusetts

I confess to having some mixed feelings about Question #2. There seem to be good people on both sides of the issue, and one can make reasonable arguments both before and against the ballot measure. On the “for” side we … Continue reading

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Ballot Question #1 in Massachusetts

The first of the Commonwealth’s four ballot questions for 2016 would allow the opening of another slots parlor at Suffolk Downs. In particular, the initiative would allow the state Gaming Commission to issue one additional category 2 (slots) license to … Continue reading

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Arlie Russel Hochschild and the Analogy of Cutting in Line

In the last decade there have been a spate of books examining the question of why conservatives so often seem to vote against their own economic interest. “What’s the Matter with Kansas” and “Deer Hunting with Jesus” are excellent examples … Continue reading

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