Saw this young lady in concert a couple nights ago (see photographic evidence below). If I had a bucket list, I would now be able to cross another item off it. Lucinda actually said that we were one of the five best audiences she had ever had. I’ll go ahead and assume I was the main reason for that. The musical and emotional highlight of the show, for me, was when she played the song above. Damn near made a grown man cry.
“…if you are dependent on people who do not know you, who control the value of your necessities, you are not free, and you are not safe.”
“How strange too and unfamiliar to think that one had been loved, that one’s presence had once had the power to make a difference between happiness and dullness in another’s day.”
-Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
I feel like a dick whenever I tell people that. There’s a sense of pulling the ladder up right after I climb to the top of it. But seriously, unless you either have a way to pay for it, or a concrete plan for paying off your debt afterwards, law school probably isn’t worth it. Or, I should say, it’s not worth it to go to a non-top 14 school.
The vast majority of criminal cases are now resolved through the plea bargaining process, rather than by jury trials. As Judge Rakoff writes, this system gives a ridiculous amount of power and discretion to prosecutors, and often results in innocent people pleading guilty. Rakoff”s proposal to let judges participate in plea bargaining is not a bad idea. In addition, this book includes all kinds of common-sense solutions for our failing criminal justice system.