New Evidence

The day after a verdict had been entered against his client, the lawyer rushed to the judge's chambers, demanding that the case be reopened, saying:"I have new evidence that makes a huge difference in my client's defence." The judge asked, "What new evidence could you have?" The lawyer replied, … Continue reading

Dallas Morning News

From the Dallas Morning News: A prospective juror in a Dallas District Court was surprised by the definition of voluntary manslaughter given the panel: "an intentional killing that occurs while the defendant is under the immediate influence of sudden passion arising from an adequate cause, such … Continue reading

Skin for book cover

Rachel Barton-Russell petitioned a court in Springfield, Ore., in February 1994for a ruling on the meaning of the state's law against corpse abuse. Her deceased husband, Donal Eugene Russell, had declared in his will that he wanted his skin used to make book covers for a collection of his poetry, … Continue reading

Three Strikes

Heard through friends:Rumor has it that the state of California, which recently enacted a "ThreeStrikes" crime bill (three felonies and you're jailed for life), was considering the following amendment: Three strikes and you're out, unless the judge drops the gavel on the third strike and you can … Continue reading