You can live with President Biden

Four years ago, I wrote for friends and family who were despondent at Donald Trump’s election You can live with President Trump. Really.. Today I write for myself and those who share my worry at policies the Democratic Party leaders seem to espouse.  As I write the day after the election there has been no…

No “Courage” Praise Due This Prosecutor

Letter to The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly:Your Oct. 26 editorial, “Prosecutor deserves praise for courage, professionalism,” is off the mark. It doesn’t take much courage for a lawyer in Massachusetts to write a letter to The Boston Globe trashing Attorney General Barr and President Trump. He is assured of nods of agreement and fawning praise all…

After the Ball is Over: A Plague of Lawyers

Election Day is Tuesday. An astounding percentage of eligible voters have already voted by mail or in person at available sites. As I write, four days before the election, voters nationally have already cast 62.2% of the total votes case in 2016. The early votes in Texas have already surpassed the total vote there in…

Cape Cod Times on Race and Police

Cape Cod Times letter. How can Larry Brown purport to draw lessons about racism from the shooting of Breonna Taylor in his Oct. 2 column without mentioning the important fact that the man with her fired first at police who had announced themselves? When police are fired upon, they usually shoot back, for their own…

Replacing RBG

I have written frequently here of the Kabuki theater of Supreme Court nominations. Each Senate actor has a highly scripted role to play. There are different parts to be played by the Senate actors, depending on whether they in the Majority party in the Senate and whether they are in the nominating President’s party. Following…

“The Second Most Powerful Man in the World”

With good cause, historians have long lauded General George Marshall as the central military figure in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s prosecution of World War II. As “the Organizer of Victory” Marshall swiftly morphed the tiny U.S. Army (16th largest in the world in 1936) in the second largest and best-equipped in the world by war’s end….

After the ball is over …. will Trump go home?

The chattering classes are all atwitter. “Will Trump go, if he loses the election?” It all depends on who says he lost. Some of his critics still maintain he really lost in 2016. If the Electoral College results, opened and counted by Vice President Mike Pence in the presence of a Joint Session of Congress…

The Demonization of William Barr

Expanded from a letter in The Boston Globe, June 20, 2020 The House Democrats unavailing efforts to smear Attorney General William Barr during his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee were only the latest in a steady drumbeat of criticism of Barr by the Democrats. I have written previously of Attorney General Barr’s qualities….

Textualist Gorsuch and the Oklahoma Reservation

Wall Street Journal letter   (This letter was in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial “The Tempting of Neil Gorsuch” criticizing Judge Gorsuch for joining the four liberal justices in ruling that much of eastern Oklahoma was still an Indian reservation.  Congress had passed a law creating the reservation and never repealed or replaced it. Chief Justice…

In the Age of the Coronavirus

In spite of being quarantined for several weeks I have avoided writing here about the Coronavirus Covid-19. I am not trained in the subject of viruses and their prevention and treatment. I have, however, in these last weeks read a great deal about it, most of it written by people who don’t seem to know…

Whose Prosecutorial Discretion Is It, Anyway?

News outlets and social media are aflame with denunciations of Attorney General William Barr’s order to change the prosecutor’s sentencing recommendation to the judge in the case of Roger Stone, a gadfly Trump supporter. The excitement was created by the dramatic “resignations” of four Assistant U.S. Attorneys who had originally submitted a memo recommending a…