Sunday, October 29, 2006

Good front lines blogging from Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer

Read three terrific posts from Jamie Spencer at the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer describing Travis County's S.H.O.R.T. Court (the local drug court), and busting wide open ill-informed arguments from Crime and Consequences against attorneys advising clients to participate in drug courts. Writes Spencer, "I know this is harsh, but I’ve rarely seen such hogwash from a self proclaimed expert." Then he backs it up. (There's more on the topic from Corrections Sentencing.)

See also Spencer's post on how the Austin Police Department will charge you for a police report but won't really give you one. Good stuff from somebody on the front lines.


800 pound gorilla said...

We should also have a diabetic court to sentence overweight losers for insulin treatment and exercise regimens - and make the alternative prison time. Wait, we can't do that..... yet! We need to criminalize transfats and other goodies, then we can arrest the addicts and defer them to diabetic court. We can have the "treatment program" run by chickens from the police department - after all, why bother with people who know about health matters? It could be a refuge for sadistic drill sargeant has beens who - unlike SWAT team members who long for special operations - miss the boot camp experience.

Gabrielle said...

Wow, there's so much worthwhile information here!