Tag Archives: Ulpian

N Guilty Men: a meditation on the presumption of innocence

First, the societies that did not have it: 1. Ancient Israel: And Abraham drew near and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein? That be far from thee […]

Nuls points or, the French Profumo Affair

Crown prosecutors, as a general rule, do not drop high-profile cases for shits and giggles. If an accused has been arraigned before a Grand Jury (common in the US), or the matter has sailed through committal proceedings (Australia and England) or satisfied the Examining Magistrate or Procurator Fiscal (Scotland and most of the Continent), then […]

Twilight of the Institutions

As I pointed out on Legal Eagle’s thread on this issue, I think it’s very important that we take violent crime more seriously than fraud or non violent property crime. Violence does things to people and communities that fraud does not, and eliding this difference or wishing it away will lead us to a situation […]

A mixture problem

Have you ever made a good cocktail by accident? You know, where you combine various ingredients — including quite a few that don’t seem to go together — and yet finish up with something awesome? Yeah, doesn’t happen often, does it? Or it only tastes good when you’re drunk. Taste the mix again later — […]

Be civil, or be silent

At various points since we founded this blog, both Legal Eagle and I have written about defamation, confidential information and privacy and how they intersect. We’ve also both discussed how respecting different social classes’ political views does not entail automatic respect for their taste in music or culture. In today’s post, I want to yoke […]