The U.S. Supreme Court today took up the case of the Boston Marathon Bomber for full briefing and argument. See previous posts here and here. It is too late in the present term to hear argument of this case, so it will be heard in the term beginning next October.
Category: Notorious Cases
This story from the NYT is making the rounds on the Internet today. The headline is: “The Vaccine Had to Be Used. He Used It. He Was Fired.” The subhead is, “Ten doses of the Covid-19 vaccine would expire within hours, so a Houston doctor gave it to people with medical conditions, including his wife. What followed was ‘the lowest moment in my life,’ Dr. Hasan Gokal said.”
The lowest moment was not just that he was fired from his hospital. He was criminally charged by the Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg, for “stealing” the vaccine.
Now you might wonder, as I did, how a prosecutor could be so brain-dead as to charge a doctor for “stealing” this life-saving medicine when the alternative was to pour it down the sewer. And you might think, again as I did, that it was just a case of terminal hubris and stupidity. But it seems to have been more than that, and worse. A lot worse.
Lisa Montgomery was executed tonight for the 2004 murder of 23 year-old Bobbie Jo Stinnett. The execution took place after the Supreme Court wiped away what has become the routine carnival of defense counsel’s obtaining last-minute stays from friendly district courts, generally with arguments that could have been (or were) presented months or years before. The New York Times has the story here. Kent covered it last week here.
From sympathetic accounts, Montgomery led a dreadful life. But no one forced her to undertake the gruesome murder of a completely innocent person, then cut open her belly to take her baby.
On New Year’s Day, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated the stay of execution for notorious murderer Lisa Montgomery. Today, the full court turned down her rehearing petition. Matthew Schwartz had this story for NPR Saturday:
Lisa Marie Montgomery said she was interested in purchasing a puppy. But once the Kansas woman arrived at Bobbie Jo Stinnett’s Missouri home in 2004, she attacked the pregnant 23-year-old, using a rope to strangle her until she lost consciousness.
With a kitchen knife, Montgomery cut the 8-month-old fetus out of Stinnett’s womb, taking it to raise as her own. Stinnett was found later by her mother, dead in a pool of blood. Continue reading . . .
For anyone who digs a little to find the facts, the truth about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri is not hard to find. The case was investigated by the Civil Rights Division of the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice. That was a group whose bias ran against the police, not in favor of them. Even so, they concluded that the evidence showed that the “hands up” story was a lie. Michael Brown was shot when he attacked Officer Wilson for no good reason. See this post from last year.
But most people don’t read government reports. The truth will only be widely known when it is disseminated in mass media. The good news is that there is a movie, written and narrated by Shelby Steele and directed by his son Eli, scheduled for release on Amazon. The bad news is that Amazon has placed the movie on “content review.” Jason Riley has this column in the WSJ on the controversy. Continue reading . . .
In May, the government moved to dismiss the cases against Gen. Michael Flynn. Normally, the judge would routinely grant such a motion. If the parties are agreed, there is generally nothing for a court to decide. In this case, though, the judge did not grant the motion right away but appointed an amicus curiae to argue against it. Gen. Flynn asked the court of appeals for an “extraordinary writ,” ordering the district court immediately grant the motion to dismiss. See this post by Bill Otis. Yesterday, the court of appeals said no.
Is this a vindication for the judge’s unusual maneuver and a repudiation of both the government and Gen. Flynn? No.