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  1. Blawg Review #199 « The Legal Satyricon
    February 16, 2009 @ 5:28 am

    […] Review #199 Mark Bennett gives us a historically based blawg review over at Defending People featuring many of our favorite […]

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  2. gideon
    February 16, 2009 @ 5:39 am

    Terrific!

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  3. shg
    February 16, 2009 @ 6:12 am

    I’m breathless. I think you’ve found your new calling.

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  4. Monday Morning Jumpstart | a public defender
    February 16, 2009 @ 6:28 am

    […] Comments Defending People » Blawg Review #199 on Some days are agonizingDefending People » Blawg Review #199 on Ban […]

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  5. brian tannebaum
    February 16, 2009 @ 6:42 am

    Like the end of a beautiful Opera, I cried. (I’ve never been to the opera). The ABA must be popping the corks of their best champagne reading their #1 criminal law blog at its finest hour. All criminal law bloggers should make this a day of silence in your honor.

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  6. Grey Tesh
    February 16, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    Fantastic. How do you have time for anything else?
    Grey

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  7. mhoram
    February 16, 2009 @ 9:38 am

    fantastic!!

    current tally:

    arrests in the Michael Phelps bong case: 8
    arrests in the tainted peanut case: 0

    Which tells us that a photo of a swimmer, which may or may not show marijuana, is much more of a threat to society than salmonella-tainted peanut butter which has actually killed people.

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  8. anna
    February 16, 2009 @ 10:51 am

    I actually did read this mass of material which is great. But my comment still remains, Huzzah for Houston Prosecutor Arthur Seaton who is unfortunately rare among prosecutors in that he can recognize STUPID! I wish we had more like him.

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  9. Vickie Pynchon
    February 16, 2009 @ 11:40 am

    Hands down best Blawg Review of the year so far. Sure to be contender for best of entire year. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to laugh at myself and my overly-serious litigator colleagues-now-clients. And death to the War on Drugs should be definite order of biz for Obama (not right now probably, but soon, and forever). There should be at least half as many drug rehab centers as there are liquor stores + churches. Come to think of it, at any moment of most any day in nearly every city of the country, there IS a drug rehab group meeting in the basement of most churches. And they’re free. Come to think of it . . . . . .

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  10. Paul B. Kennedy
    February 16, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    Wow. Excellent work (as usual), Mark.

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  11. Rage Judicata
    February 16, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    It’s unfortunate that you quote Seaton, however. He just took the stance in another blog that we need not try to prevent wrongful convictions in the future, since we do enough as it is.

    He’s basically saying “we don’t need to improve, we’re good enough at convicting the wrong people as it is!”

    Moron.

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  12. CPSIA and vintage books, cont’d: slicing the past
    February 17, 2009 @ 12:53 am

    […] Mark Bennett, of criminal law blog Defending People, gives it a mention in the course of hosting Blawg Review no. 199. If you have time to read only one post from the weekend on the topic of CPSIA and books, however, […]

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  13. Arthur Seaton
    February 17, 2009 @ 6:45 am

    Ah Rage–once again your penchant for stupidity outlasts your ability to reason and argue. How the hell did you ever become a lawyer anyway?

    Mr. Seaton, Esq., never–not once–said that the state does enough to prevent wrongful convictions, nor did he “basically” say we don’t need to improve. In fact, what I said was that wrongful convictions are exceedingly rare, and that they can’t ever be eliminated, as our system is populated, from crooks to cops, by people. And people, more’s the pity, are wont to make mistakes at every turn. Why, take a look at your drivel masquerading as thoughtful posting, and you see what I mean!

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    • Mark Bennett
      February 17, 2009 @ 7:22 am

      Okay, boys. If you two want to kill each other in private like civilized gentlemen, I’ll be happy to make the introduction, but the pissing match ends here.

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  14. They Call It Light-Blogging Monday, But Tuesday’s Just As Bad | Popehat
    February 17, 2009 @ 6:51 am

    […] of the Law Blogs, or whatever they’re called, to know whether it counts as the best, but Mark Bennett’s roundup of the last week in law is one of the best blog posts I’ve seen in some time, legal or […]

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  15. Arthur Seaton
    February 17, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    Indeed Mr. Bennett. Point taken.

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  16. Charon QC
    February 17, 2009 @ 8:41 am

    Excellent Blawg Review… res ipsa loquitur.

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  17. Shopfloor » Blog Archive » CPSIA Update: Destruction Continues; Congress Back Home
    February 17, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    […] The article I wrote for City Journal Thursday on the legal fate of pre-1985 children’s books has been drawing all sorts of attention, and all I can acknowledge are a few of the highlights. Education expert Jay Greene and Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom are among those put in mind of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451. “Of all the risks facing American children, old books must rank very, very low,” writes leading education blogger Joanne Jacobs. Will Benton: “Every time I learn something new about the CPSIA, I get more enraged.” Illinois blogger T. Varner notices an ad for a local thrift store saying it would no longer accept donations of a “very long list” of items including “children’s books published before 1985?; only later does it click. Hector Owen: “This is what happens when Congress passes these bloated bills that nobody reads, and the President signs them, and then we start to find out what was in there. Oh dear, what did they just do last week?” JDub at Ace of Spades: “Overlawyered has pretty much flooded the zone on this — I don’t want to simply link all of the things he’s got, so give him a look. … Go. Read. Be angry.” And Mark Bennett, of criminal law blog Defending People, gives it a mention in the course of hosting Blawg Review no. 199. […]

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  18. S.O.
    February 17, 2009 @ 9:43 am

    So what was the outcome on this? They arrested 7 right? But did not arrest the one person who actually has a picture of himself smoking some substance. Political? maybe.

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    • S.O.
      February 17, 2009 @ 5:20 pm

      Nvm, Found the solution on CNN. Seems that no one will be charged. Don’t you hate it when you have a nationally known star in one of your busts.. sheesh… You just can’t find good corruption anymore.

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  19. Surveillance will cost more than £34 billion say Convention on Modern Liberty « Insitelaw magazine
    February 19, 2009 @ 1:42 am

    […] Bearwatch: Where is Paul Moore’s bonus? Paul Moore, former head of risk management at HBOS (which, by the way, has just cratered its new owner, Lloyds Bank), was sacked in 2005 by Sir James Crosby, allegedly for warning about the bank’s excessive lending.More… Best Crime Blawg Review Ed of Blawg Review writes: Criminal defense attorney Mark Bennett hosts Blawg Review #199 at Defending People, the winner of the ABA Journal Blawg 100 award for best crime law blog in 2008. I said it on Twitter, and I’ll say it again here, “The next time somebody asks me how to write a great Blawg Review, I swear I’m just going to tell ‘em where to go.” Go see Mark Bennett’s Blawg Review #199. […]

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  20. CPSIA and vintage books
    February 19, 2009 @ 12:57 pm

    […] Reactions from Houston criminal defense blogger Mark Bennett at Defending People and again at Blawg Review #199, Carter Wood at NAM ShopFloor and again, David Foster at Chicago Boyz, Der Schweizer Narr (from […]

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  21. CPSIA chronicles, February 19
    February 19, 2009 @ 5:39 pm

    […] Timber, 5 Kids and a Dog, Mark Bennett’s noteworthy posts at Defending People reprised at Blawg Review #199, Carter Wood at NAM ShopFloor and again, David Foster at Chicago Boyz, Der Schweizer Narr (from […]

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  22. The Underblawger
    February 19, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    A wonderful blawg review. I am honored to appear in it. Thank you.

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  23. Newswire #4 22nd February 2009 « Insitelaw magazine
    February 21, 2009 @ 6:29 am

    […] Bearwatch: Where is Paul Moore’s bonus? Paul Moore, former head of risk management at HBOS (which, by the way, has just cratered its new owner, Lloyds Bank), was sacked in 2005 by Sir James Crosby, allegedly for warning about the bank’s excessive lending.More… Best Crime Blawg Review Ed of Blawg Review writes: Criminal defense attorney Mark Bennett hosts Blawg Review #199 at Defending People, the winner of the ABA Journal Blawg 100 award for best crime law blog in 2008. I said it on Twitter, and I’ll say it again here, “The next time somebody asks me how to write a great Blawg Review, I swear I’m just going to tell ‘em where to go.” Go see Mark Bennett’s Blawg Review #199. […]

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  24. The Sands Of Iwo Jima | Popehat
    April 29, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

    […] to blog.  We’ve been fortunate enough to have our efforts mentioned among some of the very best, for which we’re deeply […]

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  25. Blawg Review #325.3 » Defending People
    November 3, 2013 @ 11:31 pm

    […] Jail), Blawg Review #284 (Janis Joplin), Blawg Review #282 (Con­sti­tu­tion Day), and Blawg Review #199 (War […]

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