For those of you who haven’t been following Letters Blogatory’s sister blog, Cartas Blogatorias, I encourage you to check it out. Javier and Claudia have done a great job with their own posts and a great job bringing other Latin American (and Spanish) lawyers and scholars on board. Their list of correspondents who will be writing regularly for the blog features Laura Carballo Piñeiro, Luciane Klein Vieira, María Mercedes Albornoz, José Antonio Moreno Rodríguez, and Juan José Obando Peralta. Check it out!
On Wednesday, President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba will normalize their relations. This announcement, the long-overdue release of American Alan Gross on humanitarian grounds, and the honorable exchange of three of the so-called “Cuban Five” for a US intelligence agent, show that despite the predictable fury from American hardliners on Cuba such as Senator Rubio and Senator Menendez, things can change for the better and we don’t need to keep repeating the mistakes our grandparents made forever. What a great message for this time of the year!
Continue reading Cuba and International Judicial Assistance
I’ve always thought that a good courtroom sketch can tell you more about what really goes on in a trial than a transcript or even sometimes than a good firsthand narrative account. A trial is a drama, and sometimes the drama is conveyed better by the expression on the witness’s face, or the body language of the lawyer confronting the witness in front of the judge or the jury, than by the transcript.
If you think this way, or even if you don’t, you will love The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art, by Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell. Continue reading Book Review: Elizabeth Williams and Sue Russell, The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art