Russ Ferguson

Russ Ferguson is a lawyer and writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Heartbeat Away

 

The vice-presidential debate on Thursday will inevitably lead to media commentary arguing it is of no consequence that one of the candidates lost the debate (or has been deemed by polls to have lost). After all, they will argue, voters vote for a president and not their running mate. Their running mates are simply campaign […]

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A Facebook Marriage

 

Sometimes timing is everything. In one week, Mark Zuckerberg turned 28 years old, became a billionaire in the largest tech IPO in U.S. history, and got married. Sure, 28 years old is a reasonable age to get married and a great age to become a billionaire. But after dating for ten years, why did he […]

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Cameras in the Courtroom

 

I have never had much of an opinion about cameras in the courtroom. On the one hand, I often wish I could see court proceedings without having to waste a day sitting in the courtroom — especially Supreme Court arguments, which are practically impossible to get into. But, on the other hand, the Casey Anthony […]

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Money Badly Spent

 

The President released his 2012 budget on Monday, and — to his credit — it includes some substantial reductions. Unfortunately, our out-of-control spending has put us in a position where even substantial reductions are not even close to enough. In order to make any real difference, it’s going to take more than a line item […]

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Blagojevich and Scalia

 

A federal jury convicted Governor Rod Blagojevich yesterday of one single count, remaining undecided on the other 23. And for that one guilty charge, we can thank Justice Scalia. No, Justice Scalia had nothing to do with the Blagojevich case. But in a way, he had everything to do with it. Governor Blagojevich was convicted […]

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His Swallowed Pride

 

I’m not saying that General McChrystal did nothing wrong. His comments were clearly inappropriate. But if there is anyone who should be able to get away with such comments, it’s General McChrystal. Not only because he puts his life on the line every single day for the American people, but because we need him. The […]

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Obama’s Plenipotentiary

 

During the Bush Administration, Attorney General John Ashcroft had to find someone to equitably distribute the proceeds from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. He settled on Ken Feinberg. Feinberg was capable, competent, and independent — he was, after all, a Democrat. Fast-forward several years, and President Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office. He […]

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Talk Is Cheap

 

When the President gave his first address from the Oval Office Tuesday night, I was surprised the networks weren’t running a live feed of the Gulf oil spill in the corner of the screen.  Not only because they are almost always running that live feed, but because it would be a perfect image of what […]

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After the Crash

 

When I began law school at Georgetown, it was the golden era for well-paid corporate legal work. If you put in your three years at a halfway-decent law school and made modest grades, a law firm would hire you at an outrageous salary. It was the norm for lawyers to be making $160,000 their first […]

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The Check on Healthcare Is in the Mail

 

As my plane takes off from Washington, D.C., monuments dot the landscape below me. The Capitol stands tall, overlooking the city, a commanding symbol of a government that is truly of, by, and for the people. What happens under its roof permeates our nation’s capital city. What is discussed on the floor of the legislature […]

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