Ivory's Ghosts: The White Gold of History and the Fate of the Elephants is a meticulous examination of the allure of ivory that reads like a novel and is impossible to put down.
Do the liberal values of dialogue and compromise actually have any effect when dealing with this powerful network?
Last week a mix of water and sanitation experts gathered for World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden to mull over the world's biggest public health crisis. The problem is that not enough people paid attention.
The actual bottom line is that even with a few embarrassing and inconvenient moments, the rich and powerful citizens of Los Angeles (and a few other places) didn't have to go to jail.
Just in case you're wondering, there is still no verdict in the Pellicano trial. That's right. They're still deliberating and in case you've forgotten, they started way back on May 1st.
The latest update from the Pellicano jury room is that the jury deliberations are proving to be as confusing as the actual case.
The prosecutors and the defense attorneys have shaken hands and I'm sitting in the hallway wondering about how so many people who broke the law walked away from this mess without so much as a scratch.
Ms. Soo Hoo effectively pointed out that along with Ms. Wright, all of the witnesses against Mr. Turner were government collaborators who had great motive to say whatever the government told them to say.
Frankly, the best part of Mr. Hummel's close came when he finally allowed himself to get emotional about the facts leading up to former Sgt. Arneson's arrest.
And then, there were his final comments to the jury--probably the most entertaining final close that I've ever heard. "Mr. Pellicano refuses to insult your intelligence," he said of himself.
Bottom line is that only three people involved in the entertainment industry were charged in this case--despite the fact that almost all of Mr. Pellicano's clients were related to the entertainment business.
Daniel Saunders has begun his closing argument, starting with his statement that Pellicano's agency was "nothing more than a criminal organization operated by a well connected, well paid thug."
After a six year investigation, the F.B.I. spent the weekend scrambling to prevent a mistrial. I have exclusively reviewed the evidence they gathered.
At this time, the judge had denied without prejudice Mr. Hummel's motion on Mr. Arneson's behalf for a mistrial.
So, on Monday, the court noted that the witness will return and she will consider whether to declare a mistrial.
Mr. Saunders didn't anticipate that Mr. Kachikian, a seemingly nerdy and anti-social man, with his Birkenstocks, bald head and 1980s attire, would be such an effective witness.