Thursday, July 19, 2007

A Tiger on the Court?

If you haven't heard, it says here that the White House is nominating U.S. District Court Judge Robert Conrad, Jr., from the W.D.N.C. to the Fourth Circuit.

Judge Conrad is the one who played college ball at Clemson.

Also, SC Appellate Blog reports that Judge Widener is announcing for real that he is taking senior status.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

On Michael Vick a/k/a "Ookie"

I looked at the Michael Vick indictment on PACER.

It says he and his friends called their enterprise "Bad Newz Kennels." The indictment describes dog fights in several states, and the killing of some dogs who wouldn't fight.

I'd say they wouldn't want me on the jury.

You can see the indicment here.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The record on innocence petitions

According to this story in the Richmond paper, not one of these has been granted.

The article notes: "According to a spokesman for the Virginia Court of Appeals, as of the end of 2006, 92 petitions had been filed. Eighty-five were dismissed and seven were pending."

The article also says: "Critics say that is because the law is impossibly tough."

The article quotes Senator Stolle: "I think that unless somebody is actually innocent and actually has to a large degree irrefutable evidence that they're innocent, they will not be able to take advantage of this writ of actual innocence."

On Dr. Hurwitz

This article from the NY Times about the sentence in the case of Dr. Hurwitz from Northern Virginia has mostly generated comments to the effect that he should not be sent to prison at all, for overprescribing pain medication.

All of which reminds me of the case of Dr. Nick, who wrote the prescriptions for Elvis, but was acquitted.

Unrelated to these stories, the Roanoke paper is reporting that there will be a rally against the manufacturer of OxyContin in downtown Abingdon on Friday of this week, to coincide with the hearing on the sentencing of the three manufacturer's executives. I don't recall anything like that since the Pittston strike, or maybe failed effort to enjoin the foreclosure on the hard rockin', flame-throwing FM radio station, which was said to be Abingdon's own version of "The Day the Music Died."

Sunday, July 15, 2007

John Warner raises $500 in first quarter?

Those at MyDD take the lack of fundraising as a sign that Senator Warner will not run again.

The author of this Wizbang post hopes Jim Gilmore will take his place, now that he has quit the presidential race.

On Drew Weaver and the British Open

I don't know how much of the British Open I'll get to see this week, but one guy's score I'll be checking is Virginia Tech junior Drew Weaver, who as this summer's British Amateur champion will be paired up with defending Open champion Tiger Woods on Thursday and Friday.

On Richard Morgan

Glen Reynolds says he has been reading Richard Morgan.

The Richard Morgan I like to think about is the one who threw down 39 points on the Tarheels, who is now (I think) coaching down at Boone.

I'm not the only still thinking about that game.

Another one of those "litigation climate" reports likes Virginia for the defense

It says here:

"The liability climate in Virginia is conducive to growth and job creation. Virginia has the second lowest insurance loss ratios in the nation. The Commonwealth abolished joint liability and enacted reasonable limits on punitive damages among other reforms. The Virginia Supreme Court, which is elected by the General Assembly, has a rule-of-law majority. Since 1993, Virginia has elected attorneys general who were all active legal reform leaders, including the incumbent Attorney General Bob McDonnell. As a member of the House of Delegates, General McDonnell introduced several liability reform bills that were signed into law."