In the sitcom Night Court, Judge Harold T. Stone presides over an unconventional Manhattan night court which deals with petty crime. The cases appearing before the court are bizarre, and Judge Harry Stone is assisted by an interesting group of clerks and District Attorneys who create as much chaos as the criminals on trial. Check out the complete first season of Night Court from the law library.
Washington Law Help, a website provided by the Northwest Justice Project and Pro Bono Net, provides comprehensive information regarding a variety of Washington legal issues. On the site you’ll find discussions (and forms) for dealing with everything from family law to landlord tenant law, all with a low income/self-help perspective.
This film explores a nearly 10-hour interrogation that culminates in a disputed confession and an intense, high-profile child murder trial in New York state. In this true-crime documentary the directors Blue Hadaegh and Grover Babcock examine police video recordings to depict the complicated psychological dynamic between the police interrogators and the suspect. Check out Scenes of a Crime from the law library.
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad (Anchor Books 2011) [Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction]
“The title of Jennifer Egan’s novel may make it sound more like an episode of Scooby-Doo than an exceptional rendering of contemporary America, but don’t be fooled. Egan has said that the novel was inspired by two sources: Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu, and HBO’s The Sopranos. That shouldn’t make sense but it does: Goon Squad is a book about memory and kinship, time and narrative, continuity and disconnection, in which relationships shift and recombine kaleidoscopically. (more…)
This is a four-part series exploring the history, impact and drama of America’s highest court.Known as the court of last resort, the Supreme Court, where nine judges appointed for life make monumental decisions that govern our everyday lives–from the contents of the nation’s daily newspapers to what we can do in the privacy of our own homes. The Supreme Court has helped author the history of America, and this series illustrates the history of the Court from its creation to the present. Check out The Supreme Court from the law library.
January 16th is Temperance and Good Citizenship Day this year (according to the Washington Legislature). The statute says that public schools “shall duly prepare and publish for circulation among the teachers of the state a program for use on such day embodying topics pertinent thereto . . .” If you know a teacher or student, find out what is happening.
This compelling and inspiring book, shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. (more…)
In November of last year the Seattle Public Library changed its policy banning guns in the library. The ban originated in 2008 under Mayor Nickles and had been in place since then. Why the change? (more…)
Civil forfeiture laws were originally enacted to allow the seizure of illegally obtained property. Whereas criminal forfeiture laws require a conviction before a property can be confiscated, civil forfeiture laws have a much lower threshold for seizure. In some jurisdictions, civil forfeiture is being used to make up budget short falls. Sarah Stillman’s article Taken in the New Yorker provides a look into the harrowing stories of people who were never charged with wrongdoing, yet fell under the snare of civil forfeiture.