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Jungle Law: Rules of Engagement

Levison, Mark

Africa, 1973: I witnessed the “trial” of an acquaintance known as “Australian Bob” in a Nairobi court. The proceeding amounted to his lawyer distributing piles of Kenyan shillings to the prosecutor and judge. Bob looked like he had been beaten ...

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Alarms wail, confusion ensues

Kramer

It is a clear night in Adel, Iowa, a small town in the center of our country and the epicenter of Dallas County, Iowa. The county courthouse, built in 1902 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since ...

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Writs and other major awards

1201farris1:  Attorney Spencer Farris.  KAREN ELSHOUT/photo

Although the weather in my part of the world hasn’t quite gotten the memo — until recently, it’s been in the upper 80s and low 90s here — it is officially autumn. Little known fact: the word autumn comes from ...

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Lessons from Dogs

1201farris1:  Attorney Spencer Farris.  KAREN ELSHOUT/photo

Regular readers of this space may remember my dear dog Judge. He died several years ago — I was convinced it was only one or two years, but my wife and the pictures on social media reminded me that it ...

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Signs of the Times

Kramer

In today’s world, in-school punishments that used to be standard and acceptable now are frowned upon or outright banned and deemed to be illegal. The paddle is long gone. Humiliating an offending child is virtually eliminated. Although not verboten, the ...

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I Am a Liberal, I Swear

1201farris1:  Attorney Spencer Farris.  KAREN ELSHOUT/photo

I lived in Oklahoma when I was young. Most politicians from my home state were Democrats, and the term “yellow dog Democrat” was a common label for my fellow citizens. The saying went that these folks would vote for an ...

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