Archive for January, 2011
When we were struggling to have kids, I never thought maybe God didn’t want me to have kids. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be a parent. While I had faith (small ‘f’ even then) and believed in kismet, I knew that God gave humans the ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, so I pushed forward [...]
I admit my writing is frequently sloppy. I’m not as careful as I could or should be. However, I’m hoping that when I actually care about what I say, that comes across. There are some people who write and you can taste their words – sour or sweet, feel how silky smooth or jagged they [...]
There are a thousand people who will write about Dr. King today. They will relay his words, probably repeat them verbatim because his words don’t need much in the way of explanation or analysis. The revisionists will write that he was nothing more than a pretty face and a fancy orator. And really, even if [...]
I’m having fits today. How do we let this happen? Are your streets safer because the D.A. and his cohorts have convinced themselves that they’ve got the right guy even when it’s clear that they don’t?
Yesterday, the Virginia Supreme Court nullified the Supreme Court’s holding in Padilla v. Kentucky. Basically, what happened is this, in Virginia there is a two year time limit on filing writs of habeas corpus. Since most individuals who have immigration consequences of their criminal convictions find out about these consequences long after the two year [...]
In 1979 a woman and her male companion drove into a liquor store parking lot to use the phone and buy cigarettes. They might have been listening to Sister Sledge or Floyd on the radio, depending on their taste. Maybe they had put in an 8-track of the BeeGees, hanging on to disco with all [...]
Yesterday was my first day back at the office. I’d been home Thursday because one of the Y’s was sick. My best friend from law school flew into town on Friday and I didn’t come into the office at all over the weekend, which is unusual since I like to come in on Sundays and [...]