Judge Boeckmann's mug shot

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Who watches the watchmen themselves? The question comes to mind because two trial court judges in two different states have been accused of exploitation of the criminal defendants who have come before them. We  trust our trial court judges with immense amounts of authority. The costs of litigation make all but the wealthiest pretty much…

Michael D. Cohen, longtime personal lawyer for President Trump, and Admitted Pimp. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Watching a Train Wreck


Consider that these events have all occurred in the last 72 hours: The White House has been caught in a flat-out lie about what they knew and when about disgraced West Wing staffer Rob Porter. The Trump Administration – and specifically Chief of Staff John Kelly – continued to employ an egregious domestic violence offender…

Theresa Obermeyer, 1995

Thirty-three Times


There’s no question that the all-time record for failed attempts to pass the Alaska Bar Examination belongs to Tom Obermeyer. WC may have lost count, but it’s at least thirty-three times. Tom has failed despite individual tutorials and coaching from the Alaska Bar Association – something never offered to any other bar exam candidate. There’s…

Ben Stevens, former State senator and Unindicted

Whatever Happened To?


One of the signature characteristics of Alaska is that people come and go. Including WC. Some stay longer – more than 60 years in WC’s case. Some a lot less. Like sometime gubernatorial candidate and convicted criminal John Lindauer. WC often wonders what happened to, among many others: Shelia Toomey, who for decades researched and…

Victor Scavino, Dan Scavino's "chain migrant" great-grandfather

How to Make a Difference: Jennifer Mendelsohn


“People in genealogical glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” Jennifer Mendelsohn is #resistancegenealogy, whose mission is to expose the hypocrisy of some of the more egregious and noisy anti-immigrant members of Congress and the Trump Administration. For example, White House social media director Dan Scavino, Jr. tweeted an article claiming that “chain migration” was “choking” the US.…

Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL VIA AP

Department of Hypocrisy: Trump, Marino and Opioids


Consider the town of Williamson, West Virginia. Population 3,191. In the ten years 2006-2016, the pharmaceutical industry sold 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills in Williamson. Or Kermit, West Virginia, population 406, which in the same 10 year interval received some 6.3 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the overwhelming…