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I'm a lawyer primarily representing clients who are being sued. I am a retired Army Judge Advocate. Nothing I post here, including any comments about legal topics, should be construed as legal advice or creating an attorney-client relationship.

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Wording of today's indictment.

It reads like legal mumbo-jumbo but there is an interesting phrase in today's indictment. The indictment repeatedly alleges actions by "the Conspirators." "The Conspirators" is defined as the listed Russian GRU officers and "persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury." That expression is what lawyers call "boiler plate." Boiler plate often doesn't mean anything but sometimes it does.

It's clear to everyone that the reference in Paragraph 44 of the indictment to an e-mail sent to the GRU was sent by Roger Stone. The indictment alleges the e-mail was sent by "the Conspirators." Ergo, Roger Stone is one of "the Conspirators." At this point, Roger Stone is an unindicted co-conspirator.

That makes me wonder which other "persons known . . . to the Grand Jury" are also unindicted co-conspirators. I can think of any number of people who ought to be concerned.

I have an idea about the Kavanaugh confirmation.

It looks like there was something "fishy" about Justice Kennedy's decision to retire - between the appearance it was done to protect Kennedy's son or that Kennedy was promised the Kavanaugh nomination in exchange for the retirement before the November elections. Nothing criminal - just "fishy."

I think that if I was on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I'd call for Justice Kennedy to testify about these questions. I cannot recall a case of a SCOTUS justice testifying before a Congressional Committee. I doubt the GOP majority of the Committee would approve a subpoena and if they did, I think there would be a separation of powers argument that a subpoena cannot be enforced.

Nevertheless, the Democratic members of the Committee should demand the appearance. If I lived in a State with a Democratic member of the committee, I'd suggest the attempt.

Funny event in a bad situation.

My mom had one of her periodic "spells" today.

In the ER they were asking the usual questions to check if she is aware of time, place, etc. When the nurse asked "Who is your President," she replied "I don't have a President." I assured the nurse that meant she was thinking OK. The nurse allowed he gets that answer a lot these days. I thought that was interesting in south Arkansas.

Congressional Race - Arkansas 2

There appears to be a real race breaking out for Arkansas-2 in Central Arkansas. The Democrat, Clarke Tucker, is a bright young lawyer - cancer survivor - photogenic - personable. I count Clarke as a friend - he's a really good guy. The Republican, French Hill, is a Trumpster but primarily a NRA supporter - receiving $1 Million from the NRA over his tenure.

Central Arkansas is different from the rest of the State (including my district). There was a Democrat in the seat from 1991 to 2011. Little Rock is Democratic but the surrounding white-flight suburbs are marginally Republican. The District voted from TRump 52/42. The Democrats in Central Arkansas are excited. The "word" is that the internal polling of both campaigns are showing a close race. I have heard no public polling. A lot of out-of-state money (NRA, etc.) is coming into the Hill campaign.

Think how cool it would be for Arkansas to send a Democrat to Congress.

Clarke's website is [link:http://www.clarketucker.com/

Hot Springs, AR Keep Families Together Protest

Herself, our son, daughter-in-law and I attended the Keep Families Together Protest in Hot Springs. The protest doubled as a counter-protest of an anti-immigrant event on National Park land. Because the anti-immigrant group had reserved the park land, the protesters organized in front of the National Park HQ - heard a couple speeches - and then started marching back and forth in front of bathhouse road.

I'd guess from 250 to 300 protesters of all ages. Given that it was hotter than the hinges of hell, not a bad crowd. A National Park Ranger I asked sized the anti-immigrant group at "very few." There were more park rangers on duty keeping the protesters moving than inside the anti-immigrant corral.

Herself and Daughter-in-law

Crowd gathering in front of National Park Building

Speaker with a sign I really liked.

The anti-immigrant "crowd." The sign held by the genius who posed for me said "Better Dead Than Red" with a hammer and sickle with a cross-out. No, irony isn't dead.

Have we stopped talking about children in cages?

I got it, stuff is really bad but children continue to suffer.

Help. Cat up a tree.

My dog has run a cat up a tree. It hasn't moved for a couple of hours. I figure it's either terrified or caught in a tight "V" in the tree.

It's too high up the tree to reach, especially late at night.

Any good ideas?

Help. Cat up a tree.

My dog has run a cat up a tree. It hasn't moved for a couple of hours. I figure it's either terrified or caught in a tight "V" in the tree.

It's too high up the tree to reach, especially late at night.

Any good ideas?

Woo Pig Sooie!

Arkansas Razorbacks win the first game of the College World Series finals.

Arkansas: 4
Oregon State: 1

How 'bout them Hogs!


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