Constitutional Daily

Founding Principles

The Tenure Paradox - Robot pimp

Slap on the Wrist for "Non-Consensual Sex" - Lampshade, Esq.

Intelligence: The Gathering - Graphic and Gratuitous

Grads are the New Illegals - Robot Pimp

Meet Entitlement Eric - Robot Pimp

Wherein I Solve World Peace - Lampshade, Esq.

A Necessary Delusion - Shadow Hand

Do you even need to shave overhead? - Lawyerlite

LSAT Jenga - Publius Picasso

Time, Place, and Manner

...Should have some links here or something.


More Black Label Law Dictionary

E-mail Print PDF

It's time once again for more additions to the Black Label Law Dictionary.

You can read the new additions here, or go here for the full version.

In making this update, we informed the Westlaw Lawschool Twitter Czar that each of their Black's Words of the Day for one week would be included. Those entries are Rambo lawyer, Wolf's head, Laughing Heir, Consortium, and SLAPP.

Blind Drunk Justice, Season 2 Episode 9

E-mail Print PDF

The nuclear plant at Browns Ferry is still off line, but baby, Blind Drunk Justice is back!

This week Namby and BL1Y discuss the Alabama tornaders, Pippa Middleton's claim to fame, Osama bin Laden, unconscious groping, and spring bonuses.

Download it here.

UVA Law Students Admits False Accusation of Racism Against Police

E-mail Print PDF

The following is a press release issued by the UVA Office of Public Affairs, regarding a law student who falsely accused two police officers of racism:


Law Student Who Alleged Police Misconduct Recants Story, Clears University Police


May 6, 2011 — On May 5, after a thorough investigation into allegations that University of Virginia police officers had mistreated an African-American law student, the individual acknowledged that his story had been a fabrication.

"I wrote the article to bring attention to the topic of police misconduct," he said in a written statement. "The events in the article did not occur."

In a letter to the editor published April 22 in the Virginia Law Weekly, the Law School's newspaper, the third-year law student wrote about race in America and alleged that he had been stopped, questioned and mistreated by two University police officers while walking home from the Corner on the night of March 31.

University Police immediately opened an investigation, bringing in additional support from relevant outside agencies to assist in the investigation.

"I am pleased that the student realized what he did was wrong and that he was willing to come forth to acknowledge his mistake," said Leonard W. Sandridge, the University's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We were distressed when we learned of his allegations. We took them very seriously and launched an immediate investigation on his behalf."

The student copied Michael A. Gibson, University chief of police, among others, when he sent his letter to the editor. Gibson responded quickly, asking the student's permission to use the letter as an official complaint so he could assign members of his command staff to begin an investigation.

Gibson told the student that he intended to investigate the student's complaint fully and in a timely manner so that he could take appropriate actions with officers who might have been involved.

In responses to citizens who wrote to Gibson after the student's letter was published, Gibson said he shared their concerns and that such behavior did not meet the expectations he set for his staff regarding conduct when interacting with community members. University Police officers, he said, are trained – and expected – to be both professional and courteous.

During the investigation, police reviewed all material available to them, which included dispatch records, personnel rosters, police radio tapes, interviews with the alleged victim as well as with other individuals who might have seen something, and surveillance videos from University cameras and those of privately owned businesses in the area surrounding the alleged incident.

"The student cooperated with the investigation," Gibson said, "but details and facts of his story came into question as the investigation unfolded. Yesterday, he told us that the incident had never occurred."

Despite that, Gibson said he has no plans to press charges or to treat this as a criminal case.

"I recognize that police misconduct does occur," Gibson said. "Pressing charges in this case might inhibit another individual who experiences real police misconduct from coming forward with a complaint. I want to send the message just how seriously we take such charges and that we will always investigate them with care and diligence."

Dave Chapman, commonwealth's attorney for the City of Charlottesville, was consulted during the investigation and said he believes that investigators handled everything "by the book." They conducted a "full, thorough and unbiased investigation that resulted … in the discovery that the complaint was unfounded."

In a e-mail to Gibson, Chapman wrote: "It is clear from the intensity and scope of the investigation that was conducted by members of your department that this complaint was received with the highest degree of seriousness and was given the degree of attention that we in law enforcement and the community expect when allegations of police misconduct are made."

Chapman added that had the incident actually occurred, "the investigative process followed by your department would have enabled any disciplinary process or criminal prosecution that would have been warranted under the circumstances."

[Law Weekly on Facebook]



Here is Perkin's original letter to the Virginia Law Weekly:


The race problem in America persists. In most aspects of society (education, housing, employment, etc.), black people and white people live in two different worlds. As a result, most Americans are raised in racially sterilized environments. Oftentimes when race is brought up, white people are accused of being prejudiced, insensitive, and out of touch, while black people are accused of having chips on their shoulders, playing the victim, and race-baiting. Before I started law school, I expected to finally be able to take part in insightful, understanding, and sophisticated discussions about race. During my time here, my expectations have been more than met. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that some of my most understanding friends were also blithely unaware of the lives that many black people lead. I am writing this column not to complain, but to share a story. It is a story that is all too familiar to black Americans but it remains foreign to many of my white classmates.

After leaving Bar Review on Thursday, March 31, 2011, I began the short walk to my nearby apartment on the Corner. About one hundred yards from home, I noticed a police car approaching me. As it neared, the squad car slowed down, blue lights flashing. One of the officers inside pointed the car’s spotlight on me. The UVA officers (both white) stopped their car, got out and confronted me. They demanded that I provide identification and I complied. When I asked the officers if there was a problem, one responded, “You fit the description of someone we’re looking for.” I asked what the description was and what had happened. One of the officers responded, “You don’t need to worry about that.” I told them that I was very close to my apartment and, while examining my Pennsylvania driver’s license, one of the officers replied, “This doesn’t say you live on Wertland Street.” It was clear at that point that the officers were toying with me for their own entertainment. When the officers discovered my UVA I.D., and informed them that I was a law student, they looked at one another and sarcastically said, “Oh, he’s a law student.” The fact that I informed them that I was in law school made the situation even more tense. It seemed as though my encounter was drawing to a close so, having just taken Criminal Procedure, I knew to ask the officer whether I was free to leave. When he responded, “We just need to make sure you’re not carrying any weapons . . . it’ll only take a second.” I was doubly surprised: the officers had all but expressed that I was not the person they were looking for (if such a person even existed), yet the two were about to subject me to a search. I knew that all the cases, regulations, and remedies that I learned in class would be of no avail. These two officers alone controlled my fate.

At that point, one of the officers spun me around, pushed me toward their car, and placed my hands on the rear of the vehicle. Imprinted on my mind was the police treatment of Oscar Grant Jr., Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima, so naturally I did not resist. Standing there, I saw dozens of people staring at me as they returned home from last call. One of the officers searched me, removing all of my belongings from my pockets. The other officer then proceeded to rifle through my wallet (despite the implausibility that I could hide a weapon there). Whenever I attempted to turn to answer their questions, they forcibly turned me back around to face the car. When their questioning ended, I asked the officers for their names and badge numbers. One of them responded, “You don’t need to worry about that either.” After a few more questions, they told me I was free to go. They then informed me that they would be following me to my apartment “just to make sure [I got] home okay.” The two of them proceeded to closely tail me (blue lights still flashing) until I reached my apartment. As I opened my door and the squad car pulled away, I knew that there would be no remedy for the indignity that I suffered at the hands of two of the University of Virginia’s “finest.”
I am writing this column because it is important for my classmates to hear a real-life anecdote illustrating the myth of equal protection under the law. Incidents like this one are not surprising to me. Sadly, I have even grown to expect them. Beyond the pages of our casebooks, the law that we are taught to respect is more often than we think implemented by individuals who have no desire to apply it even-handedly.

This was not the first time that I have been harassed by police officers and it will not be the last. As I stood there, humiliated, with my hands on the police car, my only thought was: “There is nothing I can do to right this wrong. I have absolutely no recourse.” I hope that sharing this experience will provide this community with some much needed awareness of the lives that many of their black classmates are forced to lead.

[Law Weekly]

"This was not the first time that I have been harassed by police officers..."

Technically, this part of the story is true.

Witch Hunt in Iran

E-mail Print PDF

You couldn't make this up if you tried, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei has been arrested for practicing witchcraft.

Amid an on-going power struggle between President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mashaei (who is likely to succeed Ahmadinejad) and 25 others have been arrested and charged with practicing sorcery and summoning spirits.

The Ahmadinejad administration had recently released a document stating that the revelation of the hidden imam is imminent. Shia Muslims believe that the Mahdi, who was born in 869 AD never died, but was hidden by God, and will re-emerge with Jesus Christ to bring peace to the world.

Once the Mahdi and Christ return, they will then search out for the remaining three of the final five, believed to be Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto, forced into our world after being overthrown by the lesser evils of the Burning Hells. The union of the five will defeat the Great Evil which appears every 5000 years, and produce the Kwisatz Haderack, who will bring 3500 years of peace, and on his death mankind will be scattered and forced to rediscover the cosmic truth before the Great Evil comes back to wreak havoc on Derry, Maine.


Page 260 of 342

Philadelphia Lawyer, Unfiltered

The finest blend of analysis, advice, and fury on the internet. Sour mash, oak barrel aged, published at cask strength.


Most Recent Article:

In Defense of Risk (Happy Fourth of July)

All Articles from The Philadelphia Lawyer

Author Profile

The Robot Pimp

An in depth look at the emerging intersection of law, behavioral economics, and robots.

Most Recent Article:

The Tenure Paradox

All Articles from The Robot Pimp

Author Profile

Practice Makes Putrid

Legal practice would be all rainbows and buttercups, if it weren't for the clients, and opposing counsel, and co-counsel, and judges, and the law.

Most Recent Article:

Eat Mor Fiv Freedums

All Articles from The Namby Pamby

Author Profile

Gin and Glannon's

As Shadow Hand suffers through law school, the rest of us get a little Schadenfreude.

Most Recent Article:

I Just Work Here

All Articles From Shadow Hand

Author Profile

Irresistible Impulse

Dr. Rob Dobrenski's daring expedition into the psychology of lawyers and the law. (Not a substitute for a life well lived.)

Most Recent Article:

You're Not a Failure, You're a Narcissist

All Articles from Dr. Rob

Author Profile

Graphic and Gratuitous

Sometimes cartoons are the highest form of communication. Those times are known as "most of the time."

Most Recent Cartoons:

Intelligence: The Gathering

All Cartoons

There And Never Back Again

Defunct Big Law attorney BL1Y shares his misadventures as a writer who accidentally went to law school.


Most Recent Article:


All Articles from BL1Y

Author Profile

Lampshade, Esquire

We're dealing with some technical difficulties here. Hold up a minute.

All Articles From Lampshade, Esq.

Staff Infections

News, humor, and other non-billables from our underpaid, uncredited, unsexy staff.


News Articles

Smaller News Bits

Large Numbers of Law

Mixed Bag of Lawesome


Scofflaw Multistate Bar Review