William Eggleston on the Today show

Photographer William Eggleston was was profiled this morning on the Today Show’s Living Legends series.

I know I’ve blogged about him several times… Here’s a post with one of his photographs in it, and in comments, Anderson linked to this Paris Review piece with several others.

h/t Scott Baretta.

The strange tale of Margo Freshwater (part 1 of several)

A couple of weeks ago, the Tennessee Court of Appeals granted a new trial for a conviction over forty years old. Margo Freshwater showed that the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence before her 1969 murder trial. When she raised this issue, first the local court ruled she’d waited too long; it got reversed. On remand […]

Treme Season 2 open thread

The blackout at the start of this episode brought tears to my eyes.


At least two regular commenters have had their comments go awry, one into the spam filter and the other into trash (the later particularly mysterious, because it was visible for hours and even got responses). I’ve restored both and checked to make sure others had not gone awry. Apologies for any inconvenience.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (RIP Gil Scott-Heron)

NPR reports:

Gil Scott-Heron died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62. The influential poet and musician is often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and is best known for the spoken-word piece “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.”

Here it is, from 1970.


Government’s motion reveals Dino Grisanti’s cooperation in the Neilson case

Yesterday, Dino Grisanti’s sentencing occurred before Judge Mills. The Daily Journal reports he got a day in jail and a $7,500 fine on his guilty plea for selling vehicles in his inventory at Grisanti Rebel Motors in Oxford while concealing that from the bank: “Prosecutors said that Grisanti concealed the sales of 66 automobiles and […]

Government Motion to Dismiss in the Zach Scruggs case

The Government has filed a long post-hearing motion to dismiss, taking Zach Scruggs’s petition point-by-point to argue that he’s not proved his case.

This is the first time they’ve fully fleshed out some of their legal arguments. They close with a section noting there was no proof of ineffective assistance involving Tony Farese, causing me […]

David Sanders and the 404(b) proof

There were two primary witnesses this morning, one, Magistrate Judge David Sanders, who was focused on the 404(b) proof, and the other, a former Scruggs Law Firm partner, David Shelton, who was the one partner not indicted in the Lackey case.

Judge Sanders was an Assistant US Attorney for six years in the Northern District, […]

Blogger MIA

In case you wonder were I’ve been, I guess the best answer is on the front page of this morning’s Clarion Ledger.

I attended this morning’s Zach Scruggs hearing, about which more in a bit.

Today at the Zach Scrugs petition hearing

Today, Zach Scruggs hearing to overturn his plea began with the testimony of Tim Balducci. Judge Biggers did not want to begin with opening statements, saying that he already was familiar with the issues.

It took the full morning for the testimony on direct to get to September; Zach only made brief appearances in the […]