Category Archives: Criminal Justice

One of the primary issues in which Fawkes-Lee and Ryan are involved.

A Shocking Experience

One of the most difficult skills for lobbying is learning to portray a poker face when dealing with proposed legislative bills or department policies that create overwhelming feelings of injustice, disappointment and at times – sheer repugnance.  My poker face … Continue reading

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Oral Arguments: Please Pardon the Pun

In an unusual move, the Solicitor General, Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., told the Supreme Court that he was not going to argue the case for the federal government because he believes the Third Circuit got it wrong. Continue reading

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Invasion of the Judicial and Legislative Branches

On Monday, July 16, Governor Terry Branstad issued a commutation to 38 of Iowa’s lifers.  That group of lifers consists of those felons who are serving a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as … Continue reading

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Jumping Off Perfectly Good Bridges

Kids used to break legs and arms all the time. It was like wearing a plaque, a medal, or a trophy. Continue reading

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No Slam Dunk

Last September I wrote that the United States Supreme Court was about to hear oral arguments in a case called Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders.  As you’ll recall, this is what I had to say about it: Albert Florence … Continue reading

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Tired

As usual, the subcommittee room was filled with government lobbyists focused on how the legislation would impact their jobs. Continue reading

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