Franz von Stuck, Lucifer.
Halloween retrospective post!
Here are the thematic posts from October in case you missed any, just click through for the whole post with more images and gifs:
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Washington, DC (October 30, 2013) – The Congressional Task Force on Overcriminalization, which was created on May 7, 2013, by a unanimous vote of the House Committee on the Judiciary, held its third hearing this morning. The task force – composed of five Democrats and five Republicans – has been charged to “conduct hearings and investigations and issue a report on overcriminalization in the federal code, as well as possible solutions.”
The official topic of this morning’s hearing was “Regulatory Crime: Identifying the Scope of the Problem.” The witnesses at the hearing included Mr. Reed D. Rubinstein (Partner, Disnmore & Shohl, LLP) and Ms. Rachel Barkow (Segal Family Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy, New York School of Law), as well as two victims of regulatory overcriminalization, Mr. Lawrence Lewis (Bowie, MD) and Mrs. Joyce Kinder (Grand Rivers, KY). In addition to the explosion in regulatory offenses, though, the discussion at the hearing covered topics including the erosion of the mens rea (or criminal intent) requirement in the federal law and possible fixes, the collateral consequences of conviction, the perverse incentive to plead not because of actual guilt but because of the costs of trial and risk of incurring harsh mandatory minimum sentences, prosecutorial discretion, the Lacey Act, U.S. drug laws and resulting mass incarceration, and more.
NACDL President Jerry J. Cox said: “NACDL is proud to be at the forefront of reform efforts to address the crisis of overcriminalization in America. NACDL leaders have testified as witnesses at two of the three hearings held thus far by the Congressional Overcriminalization Task Force. And the Association will continue to work closely with leaders on both sides of the aisle who are committed to bringing about the significant changes necessary to reverse this dangerous trend in the American criminal justice system.”
Links to a webcast of the full hearing and written witness testimony are available here.
To learn more about NACDL’s work and leadership in the effort to combat and roll back overcriminalization in America, please visit www.nacdl.org/overcrim.
I am so powerful. I set out to forget the past, and I sure as hell managed to do so.
I’m so very grateful that I’ve managed to choose a topic for my thesis that is allowing me to veer into theories of distributive justice.
I’m going to say this more for my own benefit than out of any true animus towards anyone else.
Fuck all of you. Fuck your opinions, or my perception of what your opinions must be. Fuck the critiques that I imagine you must make of me. Fuck the paths that you’ve taken in your lives if all I’m going to do is compare them to my own, the better to critique myself for discovering things in my own time. Fuck the reactions that I wager you may have whenever I say or do anything at all. Fuck all of it.
I am in control of my own life, and to some extent, I am not. And I am doing what I can to make the best of the circumstances that I find myself facing given those things that I understand myself to want. I can excel in whatever I do in some way or other.
Went out to dinner with professors and peers.
Can’t deal with the resurgence of anxiety and lack of self-confidence that doing so has brought on.
Why have I spent so many years feeling like the world is impossible?