Check it Out: Primal Fear

A prominent defense attorney, Martin Vail (Richard Gere), decides to take the case of a young altar boy, Aaron Stample (Edward Norton), accused of killing a Chicago Archbishop. Vail thinks that defending Stample will bring him publicity – winning the case of the obviously guilty Stample – but he could never predict what would actually happen. Check out Primal Fear from the law library to see the shocking twist ending.


Library Artwork: Lynn Di Nino’s “Salmon Swimming Upstream”

“Salmon Swimming Upstream”

Tucked away in the administrative offices of the library is a large piece by local Tacoma artist Lynn Di Nino. Made of various fabrics depicting a common Northwest scene—the yearly struggle of salmon making their way upstream—Di Nino, a self-taught artist who utilizes many different mediums in her works. She enjoys sculpting animals because she says they “can be so easily personified, are silly at times, have curves, and come in such a variety of packages – I am constantly, and permanently inspired.” (Artist’s Statement from Di Nino was a member of the Washington State Arts Educators Delegations to the People’s Republic of China and has participated in an artist exchange program in Russia.


Holmes’ “Common Law”

Law students these days read casebooks and hornbooks, and perhaps law review articles. One book that is sadly neglected is “The Common Law” by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Perhaps the reason is that it is not on any one particular subject, but rather on the larger subject of common law (although it does discuss it in terms of smaller subjects). The book is now in the public domain and available free online. It is one of the great law books by one of America’s great legal minds. It is certainly worth your time . . . assuming you have any to spare.


New and Notable: Binocular Vision

Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories by Edith Pearlman
Call number: LAW-Walkover Collection (2nd Floor) PS3566.E2187B56 2011

Binocular Vision won numerous awards in 2011, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The title was also recommended on several “Best 2011 Top Ten Fiction Titles” lists. In the book, author Edith Pearlman shared many of her previous award winning short stories along with some equally creative new works. Story after story, this collection evokes page-turning interest.


Check it Out: The Magdalene Sisters

Based on a true story, The Magdalene Sisters is the story of four young women in 1960s Ireland who were sent to the Magdalene Sisters Asylum, a Catholic institution for the reform of wayward young women. Young women who were deemed unfit for society were imprisoned in the The Magdalene Asylum, also known as the Magdalene Laundries, and forced to work in the laundries while nuns “reformed” the girls by sadistically punishing and abusing them.


NYC Contemplates An Animal Abuse Registry

The New York city council is currently considering a proposal that would require convicted animal abusers to register in a manner similar to sex offenders. For more information see the Los Angeles Times story.


Recently Released Prisoner Awarded $104 Million by IRS

Former UBS banker, Bradley Birkenfeld was awarded $104 million under the IRS whistleblower provisions. In 2007 Birkenfeld, turned whistleblower, reported to the IRS the techniques that UBS used to help clients set up off shore accounts and defraud the IRS. Birkenfeld pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2008 and received a 40 month prison term. The whistleblower award was not related to the matters in his own case but to tax evasion of others. For more information see the DealBook article.


Good News for SU Alum Janis Puracal

The Seattle Times reported that the release of Jason Puracal, brother of S.U. Law Alumna Janis Puracal (07), from prison in Nicaragua is imminent. Jason, a UW grad and former Peace Corp volunteer in Nicaragua, was arrested 2 years ago in Nicaragua and convicted of money laundering and drug trafficking. According to his sister, Janis, “Not one piece of evidence was presented at the original charging hearing – or subsequently. In a drug trafficking case, not one gram of drugs was presented as evidence. In a money laundering case, there was no evidence of money changing hands. In a conspiracy case, there could not show Jason had any ties to the other defendants.”

See the Seattle Times for more about Jason Puracal’s story.

For more information on Janis Puracal see the article in the Lawyer, a publication of Seattle University Law School.


Check it Out: Fracture

Ted Crawford (Anthony Hopkins) is a brilliant structural engineer who shoots his cheating wife and entraps her lover, a police detective. Crawford confesses, and then announces his wish to represent himself at his arraignment. The prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney William Beachum (Ryan Gosling), thinks that it is a simple open and shut case. However, it turns into a battle of wits and Beachum must outsmart Crawford before it is too late. Check out Fracture from the law library.


Just What are the Rules for Cyclists in Seattle

There are bicycles and cars everywhere in Seattle. Just how are they supposed to coexist? The Seattle Municipal Code has a chapter dedicated for bicycles and traffic. Whichever you are (cyclist or motorist), make sure you are in the right before you complain about the other.