Monday Morning Various
- Errol Morris’s great documentary The Thin Blue Line told the story of a Randall Adams’s wrongful conviction in Dallas that put Adams on death row and in prison for 12 years. The New York Times has an obituary for Randall Adams. When the documentary came out the story of wrongful conviction and exoneration was a remarkable and startling one, prior to the establishment of Innocence Projects across the country, including in Mississippi.
- Anderson has the story of a Mississippi prosecution of a pregnant woman who miscarried. The prosecution plans to point to her drug use, but without evidence of a linkage, and accuse her of depraved heart murder. It’s being brought by Forrest Allgood. Rob McDuff is defending: ”‘If it’s not a crime for a mother to intentionally end her pregnancy, how can it be a crime for her to do it unintentionally, whether by taking drugs or smoking or whatever it is,’ Robert McDuff, a civil rights lawyer asked the state supreme court.”
- HBO has a documentary on tonight, Hot Coffee, an anti perspective on tort reform, that includes Oliver Diaz’s story. Here’s the trailer. Phillip Thomas noted it.
- Paul Krugman and Robin Wells have an interesting review of Jeff Madrick’s Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present at the NYReview of Books, titled “The Busts Keep Getting Bigger. Why?”
- $20.2 billion: That’s the amount we have spent on air-conditioning in Afghanistan, according to this NPR story from yesterday. That’s more than NASA’s budget. But can that be right? Wouldn’t that make it about a third of the cost of the war?
- My favorite piece I read in the last week about Whitey Bulgur’s time on the lam chronicled his stay in Grand Isle, Louisiana in the 90s. It was linked in a group of essays about fugitives in Slate’s series of longform guides.
- Lui Bolin is a Chinese artist who does an intensely creepy series in which he has himself painted to completely blend into his surroundings and then photographed. He was in lower Manhattan last week.