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  1. I think that @cereality and @GeeGolly have explained it really well. The questions on the bar exam aren’t difficult in themselves — they’re not tricky, there’s nothing hidden — but they require a great breadth of knowledge, they require a fair depth of knowledge, and the consequences of failure are catastrophic. I hold no brief for Derick, and I don’t know how difficult the Arkansas bar exam is (I’m barred in California), but for his own sake that of his family, whose tiny steps out of the suffocating TTH cult I’m happy to see, I hope he’s buckling down.
  2. I agree, in my experience it’s at the very low end, so low that I’m frankly surprised that the feds didn’t kick it over to state prosecutors. Given JB’s political contacts, perhaps they kept the case to ensure the appearance of neutrality.
  3. In the federal system, you serve 85% of your sentence by statute, and the way the BOP calculates it, it’s really 87%. In addition, in all but the most minor cases, the court is required to impose a term of supervised release that begins when the defendant is released from custody. It’s been several years since I was in practice, but as far as I can remember, the offenses with which Josh is charged carry a minimum supervised release term of five years. In the district where I practiced, judges routinely imposed lifetime terms of supervised release in CP cases, although those cases typically
  4. Maybe people are playing off the short story in which a woman bashes her husband to death with a frozen leg of lamb, cooks it, and serves it to the investigating detectives?
  5. Happy birthday, @iwantcookies! I hope you went large in your celebration!
  6. Like so many here, @lookeyloo, I’m holding out a hand to you, Mr. Lookeyloo, and sweet son-in-law. I imagine that you want time to stop because each day, unbearably, takes sweet son a little further away from you. I wish you could stop the days, or reverse them and bring him back. I’m so sorry that you can’t.
  7. @crazycatlady58, I’m so sorry about your cat. Sparing someone’s suffering is always the right thing. I still have dreams about Pim, my smiling orange boy, the cat of my heart. It’s been fifteen years.
  8. @lookeyloo, in the weeks or months before people close to me died, and in the weeks afterwards, I felt as though I were in a kind of tunnel. It was not a time to focus on my own feelings, but instead a time to help the other person live and then die, and afterwards a time to bury myself in all of the administrative and other work that follows a death. Only after I emerged from that tunnel did I begin to touch with my fingertips the edges of the yawning hole where that person should still have been. If that’s where you are now, if that’s how you feel, there are really no words, only tenderne
  9. I’m so sorry for your heartbreaking loss, @lookeyloo. You and sweet son and his husband and brother are very much in my thoughts.
  10. Hey, beet haters, send them all to me. In return I’ll send you every last zucchini on the planet, those things taste like decay. In fact, I think the entire squash family is a mistake.
  11. @Churchhoney, “O Where Are You Going?” has been a touchstone for me since I first read it at the age of sixteen. On topic, Jer thinks that Esterbrook pens are the coveted ones? Excuse me while I laugh my fountain pen obsessed head off. Although I don’t mean to slag on Esterbrooks, they’re nice enough, they’re unpretentious tools. As opposed to Jer, who’s a pretentious one.
  12. Holding you and sweet son very, very close, @lookeyloo.
  13. @lookeyloo, closed my eyes at noon my time and again at noon your time; summoned up calm and healing and release from pain. Hoping the procedure that he endured this morning will bring him relief.
  14. I’m in. I’ll do noon my time and noon EST.
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