and the War on Taxis
Slate—December 19, 2007
When he is not
billing himself as the 9/11 candidate, Rudolph Giuliani bills himself as a
law and order candidate. But when he was mayor of New York, Giuliani often
acted as if law was for other people. Before he's handed the reins to the war
on terror, the mayor's willingness to impose harsh and even illegal rules
should be well understood.
Free Dennis Kozlowski
Wall Street Journal—October
to rally much sympathy for L. Dennis Kozlowski. Apart from his criminal
conviction, the ex-CEO of Tyco International is best remembered for buying a
$6,000 shower curtain, throwing a $2 million birthday party for his (much
younger) wife, and for having Tyco buy an $18 million apartment on Fifth
Avenue, tacking on another $5 million to spruce the place up. Still, his
conviction, which will be appealed today, is questionable at best. Despite
millions for his defense, Dennis Kozlowski was railroaded.
Dispatches From a Mob Trial: Anatomy of a Mafia
your health?" asked the prosecutor.
"So-so," Burton Kaplan replied. It was the most boastful thing he'd
say in three days on the witness stand, where he blithely recounted his many
crimes as a 40-year associate of the Lucchese family.
Price of Justice
New York Times—February 12, 2006
OVER the past several
decades, the scope and clout of the city's administrative law courts have
swelled to the point where there are now at least 500 administrative law
judges scattered among a dozen agencies.
Martha And The Mandelas
July 20, 2004
tells Larry King she's not the same as Nelson Mandela, except both are
committed to justice.
Quattrone II: Bulls, Pigs And
Forbes.com-- April 29, 2004
A prosecutor flails away at the banker as both sides rest. Plus: a
visit from the Lord Mayor.
Martha Trial: 'A Conspiracy Of Dunces'
Forbes.com-- March 03, 2004
If two smart people were trying to deceive the government, wouldn't
they get their story straight?
The Wrights Flights Made Them Famous.
Their Patent Battles Made Them Crazy.
American Lawyer -- Dec. 2003
December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville Wright took off in
a flying machine and landed 120 feet away. It was the first time in history a
machine carrying a man had flown into the air by its own power, moved under
control, and landed at a point as high as that from which it started. The
event caused no shockwaves, because, for one thing, the brothers, though they
issued a brief statement, did little to publicize their achievement. Second,
the few people who did learn about the flight probably didn't believe it. At
the time, the idea of heavier-than-air flight was thought to be the province
Exclusive -- Dec. 12, 2003
Four out of five U.S. appellate court decisions are literally unspeakable.
What this means is that the vast majority of opinions by federal appeals
courts are deemed "unpublished" and cannot, for the most part, be
cited in later cases. They are the law for one case only, which may
mean they hardly deserve to be called law at all.
Up? Yes, But Not By Quattrone
-- Oct. 8, 2003
Quattrone is on trial, but it's CSFB
that displayed a somewhat casual attitude about subpoenas.
Trial Of Dennis The Menace
-- Sept. 29, 2003
The Tyco chief will argue that it ain't stealing when they give it to you--and the argument should
Wall Street Journal - April 29, 2003
Quattrone is in a curious pickle. The defrocked investment banker from
Credit Suisse First Boston now stands as the lone criminal defendant in the
government's widespread investigation of abuses in the IPO market. He has
been charged with "obstruction of justice." But he hasn't been charged
with any crime the investigation of which he allegedly obstructed, and
neither has anybody else....
Wall Street, Fines Are A Day's Pay
At the press conference yesterday
announcing the settlement with the major Wall Street banks, New York Attorney
General Eliot Spitzer compared
his work to that of President Theodore Roosevelt, and the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission called the deal "historic." But there are
reasons for skepticism....
0.2% for the Mouse!
The Wall Street
Journal - January 17, 2003
When Congress passed the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, the
event was obscure enough that even people in the movie business were hardly
L.A., Smoker Gets $28 Billion, Er, Million
December 19, 2002
judge in Los Angeles yesterday ordered the damages award to be paid by Philip
Morris to a smoker to be reduced from $28 billion to $28 million. This is the
kind of story where you really have to watch for typos. The difference between
$28 billion and $28 million is just one letter, a single keystroke. But
otherwise, it's a big deal....
Outclassed: Davis Polk for the Defense
American Lawyer - February 2002
Sotheby's defendant had a defense team befitting his lofty status. But the
prosecution had the facts -- and a deadly touch.
Enron's Lawyers: Eyes Wide Shut?
January 28, 2002
Enron hired Vinson & Elkins to investigate its partnerships. The
lawyers said there were few worries.
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