The GSA Emails and the One Thing Liars All Have In Common

In the practice of law, determining who is lying and who is telling the truth is of critical importance in a variety of contexts. Let's begin with client intake. An ethical plaintiff's lawyer needs to be vigilant in new client intake to weed out those people who seek to use the legal system as a … Continue reading The GSA Emails and the One Thing Liars All Have In Common

The Precipice

  Donald Trump is “convinced” that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a plot to delegitimize him only to the extent that he needs to be convinced, as a matter of self-preservation. Trump needs the investigation to be a partisan hit job intent on delegitimizing him or else he’ll be forced to face damning truths about his … Continue reading The Precipice

Meet The New Boss

...Same as the old boss. President Trump has seemingly stumbled across the obvious of late, raising the possibility that life in these United States might become slightly less terrible in the days ahead. Right about now, slightly less terrible would be a significant upgrade. It should not be discouraged. Trump's recent discovery of bipartisan cooperation—the … Continue reading Meet The New Boss

Knock Knock

A seemingly underreported aspect of the FBI 's July 26 pre-dawn raid on Paul Manafort's home centers on the warrant that authorized it. It had been rumored that Manafort had been cooperating with the Mueller investigation, rumors fueled largely by statements from Manafort's legal team. The pre-dawn raid put an end to that narrative. Cooperating … Continue reading Knock Knock

Post-Postscript and the Coming War for Free and Fair Elections

One final comment: You'll note I did not mention what government I thought we're living in, if Democracy did indeed fall in May as I've posited. If not democracy, Rousseau, then what? My omission was deliberate; the answer is: I don't know. It's neither yet an autocracy nor an authoritarian state in any of it's … Continue reading Post-Postscript and the Coming War for Free and Fair Elections

Democracy Fell – Postscript

I've not taken to the keys here since my bleak pronouncement in May that democracy fell that month in these United States.  I've not done so for several reasons, not the least of which is that I was half-hoping events would force me to write a retraction. Alas. Scanning the political landscape and national news … Continue reading Democracy Fell – Postscript

The Day Democracy Fell – Part II: The GOP Obscenity

          On Wednesday, May 10, 2017, democracy fell in the United States. Into what exactly, well, that's not entirely clear. But then, that's much the way these things go, I understand. In any event, our chosen form of government crossed over a line, and we are presently somewhere along the spectrum heading down towards … Continue reading The Day Democracy Fell – Part II: The GOP Obscenity

The Day Democracy Fell – Part I: Firing James Comey

MSNBC has devoted an entire day's broadcast to 'puzzling out' the reason Trump fired Comey. And apparently it's still an open question. JFC. — Atticus West (@AtticusWest) May 10, 2017 Mark your calendar. Yesterday was May 10, 2017. The day democracy fell. Unfortunately, before we can even discuss the import of yesterday, we have to dispose … Continue reading The Day Democracy Fell – Part I: Firing James Comey

A Familiar Refrain: Duterte, Trump, Autocracy and the Other

Donald Trump’s enthusiastic embrace this week of authoritarian dictators around the world spiked sufficiently to break into mainstream news media’s consciousness, but it’s really nothing new. It’s more of a continuation of a theme that pre-dates the election. This embrace extends beyond his bizarre and well-documented love of all things Vladimir Putin – his continuing … Continue reading A Familiar Refrain: Duterte, Trump, Autocracy and the Other