Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Musings on the news

Here I am, waiting for my friend Jen to get out of work, so I thought I would write some musings about today's news.

First, Hillary Clinton. She lends her campaign several million dollars, except that she's not going to win the primary any more. Could she give me the million dollars instead? I can think at least a million better ways to spend it, and top on my list would be the poor souls in Myanmar/Burma who got hit by the cyclone.

Here in Boston, the mafia is in the news again. A man who calls himself "The Cheese Man" had a bail hearing today in federal court on charges that he bribed an undercover FBI agent who he thought was a state government official. It seems like if he truly wanted to protest his mafia connections, he would stop calling himself the Cheese Man, even if it's true that he owns a cheese shop in the North End.

And finally, I want to share a fabulous journal article about immigration judges from the Social Science Research Network: Crisis on the Immigration Bench: An Ethical Perspective, by Michele Benedetto. I'm just reading through it, but it is right on. Some of the anecdotes that you'll read in this article are almost unbelievable, except that I've seen similar situations in cases that I've had. From what I can tell, no First Circuit cases are included. Maybe that's because the First Circuit is blindly deferential!! I keep wondering when my firm is going to move to California.

1 comment:

A Fuss said...

I just busted out laughing when I read your musings on the Cheese Man. The Mafia's all the news here too -- apparently our mob had something to do with Marilyn Monroe's death!! 40 year old news is apparently more important than anything current.