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The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Criminal Law

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If you're not yet tired of legal cartoons, we've got a new find for you. And, if you are tired of them, our condolences on the death of your inner child, and inner teenager, and inner young adult.

The new kid on the legal cartooning block is The Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Criminal Law. Sadly, it's not purely an awesome title, it just happens to be a guide to criminal law written by the author of The Criminal Lawyer blog, one of our fellow ABA Blawg 100 awardees. The author, Nathaniel Burney, is a 1996 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, has worked as a prosecutor, and now practices as a criminal defense attorney in New York City.

Here's a taste of the Guide to Criminal Law:

What can we say, we're smitten.

The writing and drawing are more apt, and have a straight forward, counter-professorial style to them. There are only a few issues out, so you're not likely to fill your head with a lot of legal knowledge from them, and they're still mulling around introductory territory. But, the change of style can be intellectually useful, forcing you to reconsider the basics, rather than getting so wrapped up in the details. This sort of thing is good to keep in mind when discussing mitigating circumstances around the murder of your cheating spouse. ...Why are we punishing you at all? Not that your actions were justified, but it's not like you're going to kill her twice. And, it's not like the threat of punishment really works to deter crimes of passion; this isn't income tax fraud.

This would be a great site to keep up with if you're a 0L or a 1L, or even if you're an older student or practicing attorney who enjoys a bit of humor and people who can say something by just saying it.


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