Famous Killers “Last Meal” Requests

It is a modern American tradition that death row inmates should be granted a “last meal” request. Many prisoners do not choose to have a last meal. Facing imminent execution can diminish a person’s appetite. Other prisoners do not want to vomit up their last meal as their last act on earth. There are several … Continue reading Famous Killers “Last Meal” Requests

Suing Satan and “The Devil Made Me Do It” Defense

"God told me to do it" In some cases of religious civil disobedience or religious illegal activity the perpetrators claim they should not be held accountable because they were acting on behalf of God.   "The devil made me do it" Sometimes, perpetrators of illegal conduct claim they should not be held liable because they … Continue reading Suing Satan and “The Devil Made Me Do It” Defense

He was Hung for Saying, “Let Him Have It.”

In law school we discussed a criminal case where the defendant faced the death penalty based on his use of the ambiguous phrase, “Let him have it!” In 1952, in England, Derek Bentley, and his 16-year-old companion, Christopher Craig decided to break into and steal from a candy company warehouse. Bentley had a set of … Continue reading He was Hung for Saying, “Let Him Have It.”

Case of the “Lazy” Husband Murdering His “Nagging” Wife

 (Caution: Violent Content) I presided over a preliminary hearing in a bizarre and tragic domestic violence case. The "couch potato" husband schlepped home after work, just in time to watch the start of the baseball game with his favorite team.  He grabbed a couple of six packs of cold beer from the fridge.  He eased … Continue reading Case of the “Lazy” Husband Murdering His “Nagging” Wife

I Survived Three Murder Attempts – In Childhood

I have a wonderful older sister. She is one of the kindest, compassionate, and selfless people I know. She has been a great example to me and others. I could not have asked for a better older sibling. Of course, sibling rivalry and the family "pecking order" are both natural and universal in childhood. I … Continue reading I Survived Three Murder Attempts – In Childhood