Category Archives: Law and Justice

“Outrageous” Decision By “So-Called Judge” Still In Effect

Upheld by other nefarious so called judges who hate America, too, I’m sure. A federal appeals court early Sunday denied an initial bid by the Trump administration to restore its controversial immigration order that had barred refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. A judge in a lower federal court had put a temporary stop to… Read more »


Jonathan Shurberg   January 16, 2017   No Comments on MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to the Southern Christian Leadership Council, August 16, 1967: And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems. And I’m going to talk about it everywhere I go. I know it isn’t popular to talk about it in… Read more »

Maryland Scramble Goes To Court: #NoTermLimits

Last week, I indicated I was going to be spending a lot of time on non-blog stuff for a bit. I didn’t really say why. But since it’s been reported in the media, it’s no great revelation to say that I am representing former Rockville City Councilmember Tom Moore in a legal challenge against the term limits charter amendment petition… Read more »

Senseless Death

Forgive me a personal moment here, but I know more than I wish I did about senseless death. Watching the smartest, loveliest, kindest woman I have ever known slowly die over the course of more than a decade, despite an initial 99% likelihood of survival, the best treatment good health insurance could buy, a will of iron and more physical… Read more »

Preach, Brother Pierce!

I can’t watch the videos of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. I can’t. I’ve seen too many of these kinds of things, I’ve warned for years and years that we have a culture of police worship that encourages ever more bold and aggressive actions by officers at every level, that our laws are badly slanted in favor… Read more »

The Freddie Gray Acquittal

I wasn’t surprised by the acquittal of Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson yesterday. That’s not a statement on his guilt or innocence but on the inability of the criminal justice system to dispense meaningful outcomes when the cases involve police officers. I spent almost 20 years in criminal courtrooms around the state of Maryland. The brutal reality of our system… Read more »

Assessing Scalia: Politics And Law

A digression. I hope it makes sense in the end, but that’s for you to decide. I can’t think of a more important and consequential single issue than what I discuss here. If we’re going to accomplish any of the progressive goals that the vast majority of my readers care about, we must address the complex relationship of politics and… Read more »

More On Money Bail In Maryland

I wrote about the problems with Maryland’s bail system in criminal cases back in September. Summary: our system sucks. One thing I didn’t write about back then was the current legislative stalemate over how to fix the system following a court ruling. A quick history primer: Back in 2012, the Court of Appeals held that, contrary to what was actually happening,… Read more »

Think We’ve Solved All The LGBTQ Issues?

Guess again. This shocked even me, and I’m pretty jaded about criminal law and LGBTQ issues. It may shock you to learn that 40 percent of the young girls incarcerated in juvenile detention center identify as LGBT. Like the unbelievable number of homeless youth who identify as queer, LGBT young people are also disproportionately affected by systems of power that can… Read more »

Good Riddance

Jonathan Shurberg   September 26, 2015   No Comments on Good Riddance

This is too good. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, sister. Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Ky., who was embraced by Christian conservatives because of her resistance to same-sex marriage, said Friday that she would shun her Democratic Party roots and become a Republican. “She has come to the conclusion that the… Read more »