The Portia of our Chambers

adding an imaginative tone to what would otherwise be a dusty, dreary little clerks' office full of barristers, biscuits, and briefs.

'Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been moved from a fed prison in North Carolina to a minimum-security prison camp in Montgomery, Ala., after clashing with prison officials and being placed in solitary confinement…The…former Chicago congressman, 49, had been advising other inmates in North Carolina about their rights in prison…who said a guard took exception to that.'

thesmithian:

more.

floating-world-pictures:

omgthatdress:

Hat
1928
Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

portiaofourchambers
you need this hat

Indeed! A velvet blazer with matching embroidery is also in order.

floating-world-pictures:

omgthatdress:

Hat

1928

Musée Galliera de la Mode de la Ville de Paris

portiaofourchambers
you need this hat

Indeed! A velvet blazer with matching embroidery is also in order.

Wondering how I can best incorporate this fascinating chart into my criminal defense practice.  ”Deranged Masturbation” and “Exposure and Quackery” probably would not constitute a valid basis for a not guilty insanity plea in this day and age, but heck, I’ll try it. 
via

Dead Men Tell No Tales | This American Life

The story of the man who was shot at, incarcerated, and ultimately deported, because he “knew a guy who knew a guy who knew a guy” who was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. 

When his lawyer talked about what it was like to see her client in shackles, “broken” and begging her not to leave, I started crying.  That’s been my experience with many clients and it just doesn’t get easier.

humansofnewyork:

"I’m not sure I’d recommend that a young person go into law.""Why’s that?""When I was starting out, it was more of a profession, and your worth was determined by the service you provided. Now it’s become more of a business, and your worth is determined by the fee you’re able to collect."

humansofnewyork:

"I’m not sure I’d recommend that a young person go into law."
"Why’s that?"
"When I was starting out, it was more of a profession, and your worth was determined by the service you provided. Now it’s become more of a business, and your worth is determined by the fee you’re able to collect."

die-walkure13 asked: Auntie Jilli, Do you know any other artisan perfume stores like Black Baccara?

gothiccharmschool:

I just looked around Black Baccara’s Etsy store, and they have some lovely-sounding scents! Other perfumers that might catch your fancy:

See also: Haus of Gloi

laliberty:

California court: Drivers can read cellphone maps

Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine.


WHAT?  Must learn more.  

laliberty:

California court: Drivers can read cellphone maps

Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

The 5th District Court of Appeal reversed the case of a Fresno man who was ticketed in January 2012 for looking at a map on his iPhone 4 while stuck in traffic. The driver, Steven Spriggs, challenged the $165 fine.

WHAT?  Must learn more.  

(Source: Gizmodo, via laliberty)

cendemtech:

www.vanishingrights.com 

The Wall: Lessons From a Family Lawyer

I relate to this so much as a criminal defense lawyer.  Well said.

And of course I read this with a wry smile:

"Then my anger turned to fury as I started feeling sorry for myself. Didn’t she know what she put me through? Didn’t she know how much I cared? Didn’t she know how I had cried when I looked at my baby and thought of hers? Most importantly, of course, didn’t she know she had totally ruined my weekend?"

Because, oh man, have I ever been there.  In fact that describes about 50% of my weekends.

nezua:

A 13-year-old Girl Scout in San Francisco recently set up shop outside a marijuana clinic and sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies within two hours. The cookies were such a big hit, she’s been invited back.

That’s one smart cookie.

nezua:

A 13-year-old Girl Scout in San Francisco recently set up shop outside a marijuana clinic and sold 117 boxes of Girl Scout cookies within two hours. The cookies were such a big hit, she’s been invited back.

That’s one smart cookie.

The question every criminal defense lawyer asks is “how can you defend those people?” And I have an arsenal of answers ready for deployment, ranging from funny to glib to thoughtful to make-you-uncomfortable serious.

But if I’m being honest, really, truly, honest, this Kid President .gif sums up my answer.  I can defend those people because I know that being a person is really hard.  Some of us do okay at being a person.  Some of us absolutely suck at it.  Some of us mess up sometimes.  Some of us mess up big time.

And when a lifetime of sucking at being a person catches up to you and you mess up big time, you need someone to hold your hand and say, “Things can be better.  It’s okay about all the mess ups.”

(Source: robinsparkle, via wilwheaton)

“Prohibition of a vice pushes that vice underground. Instead fighting for market share with better products, cheaper products, or better service—as people in developed, prosperous societies do—they win market share with violence. Instead of resolving disputes in the courts, they resolve them … with yet more violence. See [a] graph of homicides before, during, and after alcohol prohibition, for example. Or witness the spike in violent crime in the late 1980s and early 1990s as the introduction of crack created new turf wars. Or look south to the carnage in Mexico in the 2000s when the Mexican government, at the prodding of the U.S., disrupted the country’s drug markets by bringing in the military to fight the drug war in a far more literal manner.”

—   

Radley Balko

As I like to say,”when you can’t bring a lawsuit, you bring a gun.”

Related: The Economic Case Against Drug Prohibition

(via letterstomycountry)

Truth.

brigizs:

I don’t feel sorry for saying no for any invitations for the next weeks… :D
I <3 U Olympics!

Ah, Olympics, just what is needed for my post-trial detox weekend.  I love you, figure skating.  And hockey.  And ski jumping. And curling.

brigizs:

I don’t feel sorry for saying no for any invitations for the next weeks… :D

I <3 U Olympics!

Ah, Olympics, just what is needed for my post-trial detox weekend.  I love you, figure skating.  And hockey.  And ski jumping. And curling.

1340:

Believe -She-Hulk by KerrithJohnson

My post-trial to-do list included reading tons of She-Hulk comics.  

1340:

Believe -She-Hulk by KerrithJohnson

My post-trial to-do list included reading tons of She-Hulk comics.