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Akilla's Escape (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A cycle of violence he wants to escape

“Akilla’s Escape” frustrated me more than once during my viewing. The movie tries to explore the cycle of violence over generations via two connected stories, but it is glaringly deficient in terms of storytelling and characterization in addition to often losing its narrative focus and momentum, and that is really a shame considering its several good elements including the charismatic lead performance at its center. 885 palabras más


June 11, 2021 opinions

Designated for publication

  • U.S. v. Vasquez, 20-40332, appeal from E.D. Tex.
    • per curiam (Owen, Jolly, Dennis), immigration
    • Reversing district court’s declination to revoke citizenship status from naturalized former El Salvadoran military officer.
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Take The Fifth

Ninth Circuit Partially Vacates Assault Conviction of Domestic Violence Victim at Navajo

Here is the opinion in United States v. Charley.


Opening Brief

US brief


An excerpt:

The panel affirmed Seraphina Charley’s conviction on one count of making false statements to a government official, vacated her convictions on two counts of assault within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and remanded for a new trial on the assault counts and for resentencing on the false-statements count.

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Wrath of Man (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Gritty and remorseless to say the least

Guy Ritchie’s latest work “Wrath of Man” is gritty and remorseless to say the least. While this is surely your average revenge action flick about a taciturn tough guy with a particular set of skills, it is at least packaged with considerable style and energy, and I was sometimes amused by the fateful inevitability of its plot even while observing the expected climactic mayhem from the distance. 871 palabras más


Reform doesn't even begin

…to describe what is needed.

Incarceration for non-violent offenses might be among the most anachronistic and simple-minded means of punishment conceivable. Then, to measure in… 20 palabras más

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