U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney of Santa Ana, Calif., ruled on July 16 in Jones v. Chappellthat the state’s death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The state’s death penalty, he held, is arbitrary and no longer serves the purposes of deterrence and retribution because of systemic delays.
Those delays exceed 25 years on average, said Carney, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, and “are inherent to California’s dysfunctional death penalty system, not the result of individual inmates’ delay tactics, except perhaps in isolated cases.”
In his 29-page Jones decision, Carney wrote that since 1978, when California voters restored the death penalty, more than 900 people have been sentenced to death. Of that number, he said, 13 have been executed.
"For the rest, the dysfunctional administration of California’s death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution," he wrote.
One question that many law students ask (especially those just starting) is what should they use to transport all their essentials to class. Kathryn Conway from House of Marbury is here to to recommend a few carryalls for law students.
I wish I would’ve known this when I started school! I’m tired of using a backpack because of how I’m treated, even if I’m just running errands.
Recently, I was picking up a pair of suit pants from the dry cleaners (or trying to! But that’s a story for another time.) and I was patiently waiting while the lady looked for my pants on the rack. A man walked in behind me, I presume he was a regular customer, and the employee stopped helping me and started helping him instead. She said, “Oh John! You’re here to pick up? I’ll get your order right now. I know you’re on the clock and in a hurry to get back to the office.” I was shocked at how rude and condescending she was to me because she thought I was “just a student.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I’m also 30 years old, attending law school, and holding down a job.
When I tell people I’m a Judge Advocate or JAG—some immediately know that I am a lawyer (and reference “A Few Good Men” or the television show “JAG”) and some are puzzled. In fairness to those who are surprised that there are lawyers in all branches of service, I didn’t know much about them either before applying for a commission in US Army JAG Corps. In fact, I didn’t know much about the military.
Do you know about JAGS? I didn’t know much until I read this article from Ms.JD.