Jeffrey Epstein in 2017. CreditNew York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, via Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein and Hanlon’s Razor


Pervert, pimp, serial sexual predator, felon and multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein reportedly committed suicide in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan a week ago. Even before his corpse had cooled, there were dozens of conspiracy theories. The facts, at least the facts we know, suggest enough irregularities in the Feds’ treatment of…

Class Act: By Robert J. Delahunty, John Yoo Published May 18, 2017 Fox News FILE: Feb. 2, 2012: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. FILE: Feb. 2, 2012: FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP)

A Servant of the Rule of Law


WC missed Robert Mueller’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. One of the blessings of the eastern slopes of the Oregon Cascades is that there is precious little internet access. The respite was wonderful. Since returning to what passes for civilization in these decadent days, WC has read a lot of the House hearing transcript…

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, 2005 (U.S. Supreme Court official photo)

R.I.P. John Paul Stevens, 1920-2019


Professor Stevens, in WC’s Appellate Law and Procedure class back in law school, told us, “Federal judges have no constituency, and thus have a duty to respect the legitimate policy choices made by those who do.” At the time Professor Stevens was a judge on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and his course was…

It's a metaphor (Photo credit: Phoenix Channel 10 News)

Cops, Respect and Bad Cops


When WC was a newly minted young Fairbanks lawyer, he worked for a year and a half for a law firm whose clients included a pimp. Yes, really. During the TAPS construction boom, a number of prostitution rings relocated to Fairbanks. New associates in large law firms don’t get a lot of choice about who…