May his tribe increase!

There’s often tension between prosecutors and private practitioners. From my private practitioner seat (divided between the local TV news and chats with other lawyers), it seems to me that prosecutors too often dehumanize the (women and) men they’re obliged to prosecute, exhibiting a sense that all defendants are contemptible and that the prosecutor is entitled to win immediately and automatically.

So I must cheer a trial judge who recently issued this Order:

When a pro se defendant files a motion for modification of sentence, the Court depends on the State to read the motion, identify and explain the issues, investigate the claims, and submit a reasoned response addressed to any legitimate issue. A form response like that filed by the State in this case does not satisfy that responsibility. It provides no indication that the State has even read the motion, let alone considered or investigated the issues it raises. The Court strikes the State’s response to the motion for modification. The State is ordered to file a response within fifteen days hereof which identifies and responds to each issue raised by the motion.

Church history (according to the Mormons)

Thanks to fellow-Orthodox blogger John, I discovered this Mormon version of Church history, for which I explicitly claim “fair use” and provide the obligatory link to the original.

The basic storyline is this: “Regardless of the valiant efforts of Christ’s apostles and their faithful followers, the original church that Christ restored began to fade away.” Then along came Joseph Smith. Woohoo. (Italics are in the original. My comments are not italicized.)Read More »

Grants and Growth

Most of the nonprofit organizations I’ve been involved with over the last 30 years have been small, and not prominent, and thus not the recipients of much grant largess. So I’ve not thought a great deal about the grant process. But a sad story Thursday focused my attention. Read More »

Musings on Mitt’s Mormonism

Sunday’s Washington Post brings forth the latest establishment media hand-wringing on its own coverage of GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormonism.*

Of course, one cannot write about whether one should write about such things without discussing what LDS doctrines might make it divisive to write about such things. There is a resulting disingenuousness about the project, like making a “prayer request” for sister Suzy, who’s been gossiping again.Read More »