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Black Law Student Discussion Board / CNN's Black In America
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:40:49 PM »
Hopefully you all caught this yesterday and the day before.  If not they're re-airing this weekend.

For those who saw it - Thoughts?

Black Law Student Discussion Board / Boston Legal vs. SCOTUS
« on: April 23, 2008, 01:02:43 PM »
Don't know if you guys caught this last night but I thought it was a great segment and a reality check to the SCOTUS on what is wrong with our politics and the judicial branch.

[BTW they did a good job casting the actors for this segment - they really look like the real 9]

BACKGROUND: James Spader's character is arguing in front of the US Supreme Court about the death penalty that the State of Louisiana is trying to impose upon his client, a mentally retarded black man who was wrongly convicted of raping a little girl.  And to top it off, the little girl in question did not die, so basically Louisiana is trying to give the death penalty to somebody who didn't even kill anybody.
Unfortunately when you appeal to the Supreme Court you can't argue the facts that came out at the trial court below so Spader's only hope is to argue that this law is unconstitutional:

Just had to give a shout out to my alma mater.  One helluva game!

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Memphis kept missing. Mario Chalmers wasn't about to.

Chalmers' 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation put the game in overtime, and Kansas pulled away to a 75-68 victory on Monday night for its first national championship since Danny and the Miracles 20 years ago.

Mario and the Miracles? That has a good ring to it, too.

Chalmers' game-saving 3 came after Memphis missed four of five free throws that would have put the game and the title out of reach. It completed a comeback from nine points down with 2:12 left.

"It'll probably be the biggest shot ever made in Kansas history," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

The ending made a mockery of Memphis coach John Calipari's theory that his players, ranked 339th of the country's 341 teams with 59 percent free-throw shooting, didn't have to be good because they would always come through when the stakes were highest.

"It will probably hit me like a ton of bricks tomorrow, that we had it in our grasp," Calipari said.

All those bricks meant something in a game where every point counted. So did Derrick Rose's two-point shot off glass initially ruled a 3 -- and correctly overturned -- with 4:15 left.

Nothing about Chalmers' 3-pointer was in doubt.

"I had a good look at it," he said. "When it left my hands it felt like it was good, and it just went in."

Although Chalmers will go down in history, the most memorable overall performance came from Rose, the Memphis freshman, who completely took over the game in the second half, scoring 14 of his team's 16 points during one stretch to lift the Tigers to a 60-51 lead with 2:12 left.

But Kansas (37-3) used the strategy any smart opponent of Memphis' would -- fouling the heck out of one of the country's worst free-throw-shooting teams -- and when Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts made only one of five over the last 1:12, it left the door open for KU.

"Ten seconds to go, we're thinking we're national champs, all of a sudden a kid makes a shot, and we're not," Calipari said.

Hustling the ball down the court with 10.8 seconds left, no timeouts and trailing by three, Sherron Collins handed off to Chalmers at the top of the 3-point line, and Chalmers took the shot. It hit nothing but net and tied the score at 63.

Robert Dozier missed a desperation heave at the buzzer, and Rose went limping to the bench, favoring his right leg. Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson scored the first six points of overtime to put Kansas ahead 69-63.

Memphis, clearly exhausted, didn't pull any closer than three the rest of the way. Rose played all 45 minutes in what could very well be his last college game.

"Overtime, they kind of beat us down," Calipari said. "I didn't sub a whole lot, because I was trying to win the game at the end."

Arthur was dominant inside, finishing with 20 points and 10 rebounds, lots on dunks and easy lay-ups off lob passes. Chalmers finished with 18 points. Rush had 12 and Collins had 11 points, six assists and did a wonderful job shutting Rose for the first 28 minutes.

Rose wound up with 18 points in a game that showed how ready he is for the NBA. He was 3-for-4 from the line, however, and that one miss with 10.8 seconds left is what almost certainly would have sealed the game and given the Tigers (38-2) their first title.

"It wasn't really the free throws," Rose said. "If we'd done things before the free throws, we would've been in good shape."

Instead, the title goes back to Lawrence for the third time in the fabled program's history.

The inventor of the game, James Naismith, was the first Jayhawks coach. It's the school that made household names of Wilt Chamberlain, Manning -- and yes, even North Carolina's Roy Williams, the coach who famously left the Jayhawks, lost to them in the semifinals, but was, indeed, in the Kansas cheering section Monday wearing a Jayhawks sticker on his shirt.

After the game, Self didn't exactly end speculation that he might also bail for his alma mater, Oklahoma State.

"I'm not going to say that couldn't potentially happen because I guess it potentially can," Self said.

This game was not about coaches or sidestories, though. It was about the game, and what a dandy it was -- a well-needed reprieve from a more-or-less blah tournament in which 42 of 63 games were decided by double digits.

This was the first overtime in the title game since 1997, when Arizona beat Kentucky 84-79.

"Being up seven, being down nine, being up two, down five, going to overtime," Kansas center Cole Aldrich said. "We fought it out, and it's surreal. It's nuts."

Rose went crazy during Memphis' second half run. A 3-pointer here, a scooping layup for a three-point play next. Then, the capper, an off-balance, 18-foot shot off glass with the shot-clock buzzer sounding. Officials at first credited Rose with a 3, but went to the replay monitor and saw he was clearly inside the line.

Even with the point deducted, Memphis has a 56-49 lead and all the momentum. Most teams would have been demoralized.

Clearly, Kansas is not most teams.

In fact, the Jayhawks are a team that has come together in tragedy over the last several months. The deaths of friends and family of Jackson, Sasha Kaun and Rodrick Stewart all cast a bit of a pall over this team, making Jackson wonder at times if staying at Kansas was even worth it.

Just when the Jayhawks looked to be moving past their bad times, Stewart fractured his kneecap, a freak accident during Kansas' practice Friday at the Alamodome.

But it was another injury that might have been most responsible for blending this championship formula. Rush tore up his knee during a pickup game last May, and his NBA plans were put on hiatus.

He worked his way back into shape this season and is playing his best right now. He didn't have the most impressive stat line of the night, but it hasn't all been about stats for him in this, his junior season. His defense was stellar, as usual, and surely his experience and resolve played into Kansas' refusal to go away.

He set the table.

Chalmers got the glory.

"That has to be one of the biggest shots in basketball history," Stewart said.

I started to put this in the NY City thread but I'm sure this happens everywhere.

For the past several weeks I have been inundated with funny episode after funny episode on the subway ride to work.  After this morning I can't let these stories go untold any longer.

So I'm sitting on the downtown 3 like I usually do in the morning.  The subway makes its usual stops with blacks and latinos getting on at all the uptown stops, and then more and more white people get on the lower it goes.  Typically at 96th street there is the first massive influx of white folks and other business professionals who join the not-so-professional-looking crowd who are already sitting down in the train by that point.  I point all of this background info out to help paint the picture that this stop always provides for a bit of comedy when these two groups meet for the first time every morning.

Today, however, this one 96'er took it over the top.  This cat gets on in a full suit and tie and sits down right next to me. At first I don't really pay him any mind b/c I'm reading my paper.  I notice out of the corner of my eye that he has a paper also and he goes about reading it like anybody else would. Again, I think nothing of it.

But then I get the distinct feeling that you get when people are looking at you.  I look up across the aisle and see everybody staring in my direction.  At first I thought it was me, but then I notice they're not looking at me they're looking at the guy next to me.  So I look at him for the fist time and I get it - THIS CAT has on latex gloves and a doctor's mask and is sitting on top of a plastic bag.  And he's just chillin like nothing is weird about this, reading his paper.  Then, to top it all off, he reaches down in his bag and pulls out some type of spray or something and sprays the old bag lady who is asleep and sitting down to his right. 

I was too done!!!  I wanted to fall out right there.  Some of the people sitting across from us actually did bust out laughing. It was just too much.  The guy just went back to reading his paper like everything was cool.

I just shook my head, got up and stood by the door for the rest of the ride before I got sprayed or something.

The District of Columbia v. Heller went to oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court last week.  DC has a strict ban on all hand guns.  Gun owners are arguing that this restriction is in violation of the 2nd Amendment's protection of the individual right to own a gun.  DC is arguing that the 2nd Amendment does not give an absolute individual right to the people to bear arms but instead it gives a right to bear arms that should be taken in the context of the state's ability to raise a militia comprised of the people. 

The 2nd Amendment reads:

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

So who is right?

Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / MOVED: Re: Miami legal market
« on: January 01, 2008, 11:50:14 AM »

Happy New Year!!!  Hope everybody had a good one.

So the question is - where were you and what were you doing when the ball dropped last night?

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