Officer Richard Pinheiro at work

Cops, Crooks and Smarts


WC is a lawyer. Back in the day, WC did some criminal defense. And one of the things every criminal defense lawyer learns is that a lot of the players in the criminal law game just aren’t that smart. There was Jody Wilson. City of Fairbanks Policeman Dave Curwen knocked on Wilson’s door and said,…

Crested Black Macaque Self-Portrait

Monkey See, Monkey Sue


Okay, it’s not a monkey, it’s a Crested Black Macaque. Specifically, Naruto. He famously took selfies – before selfies were really a thing – after stealing photographer David Slater’s camera. Who owns the images? Slater thought he did, but he lost that fight. And, strictly speaking, it’s not Naruto bringing the lawsuit. People for the…

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Google’s “Don’t Be Evil”: Fail


Google’s corporate motto is officially “Don’t be evil.” Corporate lore holds that a Google employee, Paul Buchheit, suggested it at a meeting about corporate values in early 2000 or in 2001. Buchheit, the creator of Gmail, said he “wanted something that, once you put it in there, would be hard to take out”, adding that the slogan was…

Comey, Trump and the Truth


Before Comey had even finished his appearance before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, the right-wing pundits were frantically spinning his testimony. Jack Posobiec, a pro-Trump activist notorious for his amateurish sleuthing into red herrings like the “Pizzagate” hoax and other conspiracy theories, wrote on May 17 that former FBI Director Comey had “said under oath that…

Surprise! Even Lawyers Have Principles


The media are reporting in shocked tones that The Trumpster has been turned down by at least four law firms that he has tried to hire to serve as his private attorney. Lawyers have principles? Who knew? WC assures his readers that lawyers to indeed have principles. Cynical principles, WC admits, but principles. Four of…

Would you buy a used car from this man?

A Trump Chronology


Sometimes for a lawyer the best way to organize evidence to evaluate whether or not there is a case is to prepare a chronology. The sequence and timing of events, after all, is itself evidence. And sometimes that evidence is indiscernible until you construct such a chronology. WC has undertaken to create a chronology for…

President Trump and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters)

Tracking the Trumpster: The Voter Fraud Commission


If you are a progressive blogger, there’s an embarrassment of riches right now. A tidal wave of scandals, crimes and high misdemeanors. The Comey firing, the idiotic blurting out state secrets to Russians, appalling late night twitter messages, the obstruction of criminal investigations, the unexplained delay in firing Michael Flynn; the list goes on and…