Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

Jeff Sessions’ Swiss Cheese Memory


A Swiss Cheese Memory describes a witness whose recollection of critical facts is full of holes and smells a little funny. Trial lawyers use the phrase to describe a witness who is lying. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the chief law enforcement lawyer for the United States, has a Swiss Cheese Memory problem. Sessions appeared in…

Kerry Masterson (3rd from left) with her defense team, October 2017

Finally: Kerry Masterson Acquitted


You’ve never heard of Kerry Masterson. She was convicted in 2011 of the 2009 murder of a Chicago convenience store owner. The primary evidence against her was the testimony of eyewitnesses, two of whom plead guilty, implicating Masterson to mitigate their own sentences. She was absolutely innocent. Witnesses reported seeing a skinny Hispanic male fleeing…

Trump meets with state and tribal leaders at the White House. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

A Nation of Laws


Until Donald Trump’s inauguration, America was a nation of laws. Until Trump became president, we recognized the risks of creating dictators and despots. That recognition drove the rule that no one, not even the president, was above the law. Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace because he wasn’t above the law; Bill Clinton faced impeachment because…

David Kautter, IRS Commissioner

When the Crooks Enforce the Law


The United States has a new Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. His name is David Kautter. When the international accounting firm Ernst & Young was running an illegal tax dodge scam, Kautter was one of the directors of Ernst & Young. When Ernst & Young tried to cover up its crimes, Kautter was still a director of Ernst…

Wray speaks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Balsamo)

Smartphones and the FBI’s Whinge


The new FBI Director, Christopher Wray, announced recently that the FBI had been “unable to retrieve data” from as many as 6,900 iPhones in the last eleven months. Wray told the International Association of Chiefs of Police: To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem. It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics,…