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Synthetic Cannabinoids: An Introduction

July 8, 2012

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I happily walked around thinking “cannabinoids” was pronounced similar to “cannabis.”  T’isn’t.  The emphasis is on the second syllable – NAB.  Can-NAB-i-noids.  Glad we got that out of the way. Here’s the drill … Marijuana’s active ingredient is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.  “THC” to those who like shorthand.  THC is a cannabinoid-receptor agonist.  Stated differently, THC works with the receptor […]

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What to do with opposing experts

March 12, 2012

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I caught opposing articles on a supposed scientific fact.  Article 1: New chemical analyses have found that Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Diet Coke, and Diet Pepsi contain high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a known animal carcinogen. The carcinogen forms when ammonia or ammonia and sulfites are used to manufacture the “caramel coloring” that gives those sodas their […]

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What it means to practice criminal-defense law

March 7, 2012

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There’s an unsurprising change in attitudes when crime leaves abstraction behind.  A person condemns the government for putting people to death until their daughter is dismembered.  Someone is pro-Death Penalty until they watch up close the trial of an acquaintance and see that “truth” and “justice” are concepts foreign in the courtroom.  I chuckled silently when I […]

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Weekend Reading – Apophenia & The 27 Club

March 3, 2012

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Apophenia:  Seeing a pattern where none exists. When Robert Johnson died on August 16, 1938, a pattern was born.  Johnson was a wonderful blues singer.  I’ll embed some tunes below.  He was 27 years, 100 days old when he passed.  He was preceded by Alexandre Levy and Louis Chauvin – both musicians – who died […]

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No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

February 24, 2012

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No-Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

I grew up in the 1960s.  Maybe I could have guessed that I’d become a lawyer because I loved to watch Divorce Court.  (Apparently there’s a new version on Court TV – I don’t watch TV much.)  But there I was, 8 or 9 years old, glued to the television as Mrs. Smith sat all […]

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Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

February 20, 2012

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Steel Wheels: Amish can tear up roads, and that’s a good thing

I think this case, Mitchell County v. Zimmerman, is telling us on page 2 that the entire Amish gig rests upon Romans 12:2, in particular, the opening phrase:  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and […]

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Trolling Research Papers – February 2012

February 13, 2012

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Trolling Research Papers – February 2012

Back to the Social Science Research Network … Remember the movie Green Card?  I recalled it yesterday because I got the baseline facts on a new case – a simple divorce following kinda-sorta-not-sure-I-need-to-get-into-this-aspect-to-get-a-decree-but-it-could-be-interesting a marriage rooted in trying to get citizenship.  The dude, I guess, didn’t fit into America, and he’s back to his home […]

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Your Weekend Reading, February 11, 12, 2012 – Jim Morrison’s Will & Some Bootleg

February 11, 2012

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Your Weekend Reading, February 11, 12, 2012 – Jim Morrison’s Will & Some Bootleg

Forty-three years ago this weekend, Jim Morrison signed his Last Will & Testament.  He left everything to his girlfriend, Pamela Courson.  She lived not quite three years after Jim died.  Then it got ugly.  First, here’s the text of the will (or an image if you’d rather): LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JIM MORRISON I, […]

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Extending Graham v Florida: Is death foreseeable through a juvenile’s eyes?

February 9, 2012

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Extending Graham v Florida: Is death foreseeable through a juvenile’s eyes?

I’m working through my thoughts on an appeal.  Juvenile got life without parole.  He was an accessory to a robbery.  The principal shot and killed a store clerk.  Client went down on Felony-Murder as an accessory to an enumerated felony.  Interestingly, the shooter got Murder 1 based on planning the murder.  It’s interesting because my […]

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Your weekend reading, January 21-22, 2012 – What’s in a word? A bit over $500 million and counting if it’s “Apple”

January 21, 2012

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Your weekend reading, January 21-22, 2012 – What’s in a word? A bit over $500 million and counting if it’s “Apple”

When you’re in the market to piss off someone, try to avoid making it one of The Beatles – they can be a litigious bunch. In 1968, The Beatles reformed their business interests into Apple Corps, Ltd.  The entity owns (or owned) 80% of a partnership of The Beatles, with the remaining 20% split equally […]

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