OK, OK, this is not my blog post title. It’s the title of a post by Professor D. Daniel Sokol over at the Antitrust & Competition Law Policy Blog. He provides ten reasons in support of this statement, but undermines his argument (which I hope is at least a bit facetious), by stating that tax law is second. (Not, not, not.)
Of course, he shows what a nerd (wonk?) he is by not only listing the ten reasons from 1 to 10 (rather than in reverse, à la David Letterman), but failing to inject even the slightest bit of humor into his post. Antitrust lawyers aren’t known for their sense of humor or for humility.
Are state forensic laboratory reports prepared for criminal prosecutions testimonial evidence? If they are, they are subject to the Confrontation Clause of the U.S. Constitution (“in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to be confronted with the witnesses against him”), and the lab technicians behind them may be challenged under cross examination. If not, well ….
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s reputation as a “swing” vote in the Supreme Court is well known, and frequently validated. It is not often, though, that the tendency to swing is evident as early as the oral argument in a case.
A white paper written by my partner Joe Laferrera — New Data Security Regulations Have Sweeping Implications For Massachusetts Businesses– is embedded below (using scribd.com). Alternatively, click on the link.