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Monday, December 26, 2005

A Real Soprano?

A leitmotiv in the Sopranos is interest in the media and film industry; from The Godfather quotes to Christopher's movie scripts, fascination with the business is apparent.  Here's a story about a real life racketeer who made a movie released in 2002 called "This Thing of Ours" who is now in prison for extortion. Felon/filmmaker Danny Provenzano is related to some convicted mafia members.  Frankly, I would have thought one of the rules of OC would be: No movies called "This Thing of Ours."  I mean, there are things that happen at faculty meetings that we are not supposed to talk about.  Story here. [Jack Chin]

December 26, 2005 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Blogger on Larry King Live, Dec. 26--TODAY

Cincinnati CrimProf Mark Godsey will be on Larry King Live the day after Christmas with his client Clarence Elkins talking about the remarkable DNA exoneration Mark achieved last week through the Ohio Innocence Project.  The show airs 9 Eastern, 6 Pacific on Monday, December 26.  Transcript of show here.

December 26, 2005 in About This Blog | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Christmas Visits to Women in Prison

Story here. Another Christmas story: Thieves steal $8,000 in Christmas donations from a  New Jersey church.  [Jack Chin]

December 26, 2005 in News | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Indiana CrimProf Named Champion of Indigent Defense

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) has named Indiana CrimProf Norman Lefstein, professor of law and dean emeritus, as the 2005 “Champion of Indigent Defense.” As Chair of the Indigent Defense Advisory Group of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (SCLAID) for the past six years, Lefstein has been responsible for overseeing the ABA’s efforts to improve indigent defense systems around the country. He is also a four-term Chair of the Indiana Public Defender Commission, a position to which two Indiana governors have appointed him.

Most recently, Professor Lefstein oversaw the research and writing of a comprehensive SCLAID report on the nationwide crisis in indigent defense, Gideon’s Broken Promise: America’s Continuing Quest for Equal Justice (February 2005).

"For four decades, Professor Lefstein has championed the cause of poor persons accused of crimes, using every opportunity to fight for reform of the nation’s broken indigent defense systems," said Bill Whitehurst, SCLAID Chair, who nominated Lefstein for the award.

December 26, 2005 in CrimProfs | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Bush Issues Pardons

Six of the 11 were convicted more than 40 years ago.  Story here; WhiteCollarCrimeProf has Margy Love's Comments here. [Jack Chin]

December 25, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

This Week's Top 5 Crim Papers

This week's top 5 crim papers on SSRN, with number of recent downloads, are:

Rank Downloads Paper Title 
(1) 269 Economic Analysis of Law
A. Mitchell Polinsky, Steven Shavell,
Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School,
Date posted to database: November 29, 2005
Last Revised: December 16, 2005
(2) 208 No, Capital Punishment is Not Morally Required: Deterrence, Deontology, and the Death Penalty
Carol S. Steiker,
Harvard Law School,
Date posted to database: November 28, 2005
Last Revised: December 5, 2005
(3) 194 Foreword: Limiting Raich
Randy E. Barnett,
Boston University School of Law,
Date posted to database: November 11, 2005
Last Revised: November 21, 2005
(4) 134 The Theory of Public Enforcement of Law
A. Mitchell Polinsky, Steven Shavell,
Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School,
Date posted to database: November 17, 2005
Last Revised: December 7, 2005
(5) 115 Punishment, Deterrence, and Avoidance
Jacob Nussim, Avraham D. Tabbach,
Bar Ilan University - Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University,
Date posted to database: November 11, 2005
Last Revised: December 2, 2005

December 25, 2005 in Weekly Top 5 SSRN Crim Downloads | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)