Book Review: ‘Vengeance Is Mine,’ by Marie NDiaye

As in NDiaye’s other novels, the story lives not in the incident but its aftermath. The mystery grips Maître Susane. She spirals toward a nervous breakdown. “Who, to her, was Gilles Principaux?” The question — the novel’s refrain — contaminates the lawyer’s relationships. It alienates her from her parents, who fearfully dismiss her memories, and disturbs her attorney-client meetings with Marlyne.

It snakes its way into Maître Susane’s home, disrupting an already unstable relationship with Sharon, her diligent housekeeper from Mauritius. Desperation and distance define their interactions. Maître Susane pines for approval from this African woman, a yearning that aligns the lawyer with other NDiaye characters harboring a faint racial angst. Determined to do right by Sharon, she takes on her complicated citizenship case, which is stalled by the absence of the calm steward’s marriage papers. Retrieving them unwittingly plunges Maître Susane into another adventure.

In “Vengeance Is Mine,” NDiaye circles a familiar configuration of ideas: trauma and memory, class anxiety, isolation and otherness, the warped savagery of domestic life, the rupture between parents and their children. But she also considers the texture of justice — what it means, how it’s determined and who enacts it. Maître Susane counsels on the law but can’t find redress for her own problems. She’s the lawyer, but who holds the power in her interactions with Gilles, with Marlyne, with Sharon?

NDiaye deals in impressions and captures a particular kind of emotional delirium in “Vengeance.” She leans into jaggedness, twisting her narrative to mimic Maître Susane’s fraying psychological state as she searches for a kind of truth. Intrusive ellipses, a legion of conjunctions and abrupt paragraph breaks reflect the lawyer’s unraveling. Appreciating this moody, sensual and sometimes feverish prose requires submission — to the grooves of language, the performance of storytelling. Maître

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Former lawyer who called for seizure of power in Ukraine placed under 24-hour house arrest

The Solomianskyi District Court in Kyiv, ruling at a hearing on 15 September, placed a former lawyer under 24-hour house arrest for two months, who, according to the investigation, discredited the higher military and political leadership of Ukraine and called for a violent change of power.

Source: Hromadske, citing sources in law enforcement agencies

Details: The court also ordered the former lawyer to wear an electronic tag.

Hromadske’s source in law enforcement says that this is Serhii Kryzhanivskyi, founder of the Kryzhanivskyi and Partners law firm and creator of the Serhii Kryzhanivskyi LIVE YouTube channel.

A significant number of the videos on his YouTube channel, which has more than 120,000 subscribers, are about the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andrii Yermak, whom the former lawyer called “a Lieutenant General of the FSB of Russia.”

The Security Service of Ukraine investigators served Kryzhanivski with a notice of suspicion under Art. 109.2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – public calls for violent change or overthrow of the constitutional order or for the seizure of state power, as well as distribution of materials calling for such actions.

The article provides for sanction in the form of restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years or imprisonment for the same term, with or without confiscation of property.


On 14 September, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that it had exposed a former lawyer in Kyiv who, on his YouTube channel, tried to discredit the top military and political leadership of Ukraine and incited citizens to commit violent actions to overthrow the constitutional order in Ukraine.  It was established that the suspect’s “video messages” were immediately posted by Russian online resources, including Wagner Telegram channels.

Ukrainska Pravda is the place where you will find the

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A Lawyer’s Journey: From Burnout To Trailblazing

Thomas Dunlap, Managing Partner at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig a vet-owned law firm representing clients in national and international matters.

Lawyers leave the private practice of law for myriad reasons. While the pay is generally high, the prestige can be great, and the work is usually exciting and intellectually stimulating; it also involves long hours and high stress. To combat this, I share this short article to help others forge a new and better path to stay engaged with and continue the practice of law.

Almost twenty-five years ago, a few short years after starting my career as an associate at a private law firm, I quit law. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that I took a sabbatical. One day in the year 2000, I enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army infantry.

I was still interested in law. I still held the duty to protect and defend the Constitution. But I had decided that without a new direction, I could end up like the partners in my law firm. Senior lawyers in their mid-fifties still working ten to twelve hours a day under as much stress and scrutiny as I was as an associate, and they did not seem to enjoy their work. There was pride in work, but not joy.

At the time, I quit because I thought I hated being a lawyer. However, I later realized that it is not the profession of law that is so mentally exhausting; it is how I was engaging in the profession. After discovering that enlisted life was not as awesome as perhaps I had thought, I decided to attend Officer Candidate School, which gave me perspective on management and structure.

Later in life, after starting a nascent practice with a fellow former Army officer, I went

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“I will be back soon,” says human rights lawyer Shava after attack; files police report

By Mary Taruvinga

TOP Zimbabwe human rights lawyer, Obey Shava, who was allegedly attacked, by four unidentified men who left him severely injured last week, says he is expecting to be back at work soon as he continues his recovery.

Shava, a founding partner with Shava Law Chambers (Rights and Business Centre) and a member of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR sustained serious injuries to his legs and arm among other serious injuries and is currently using a wheelchair.

In a video posted on social media Saturday, Shava said he is eager to be back in court.

“My voice is more important in the court room than it is in the hospital ward so I will be back very soon. Thank you all for your support and solidarity messages I truly appreciate..for your prayers and everything.  I’m staying fit, I’m staying strong,” Shava said.

The video shows the lawyer sitting in a wheelchair with bandages on his legs and right hand.

According to ZLHR, before the assault, the four men presented themselves at Shava Law Chambers and completed the formalities for new clients.

During that time, Shava was attending to another case at Mbare Police Station.

Upon meeting them, the four unidentified men briefly presented their so-called case and, without provocation, assaulted Shava, and he sustained injuries.

They also attacked an assistant at his law firm.

The award-winning lawyer has represented many opposition politicians and activists, including legislator Joana Mamombe and activist Cecilia Chimbiri from the Citizen’s Coalition for Change (CCC) party, who were acquitted of criminal charges of communicating falsehoods after being abducted while in police custody and later tortured in 2020.

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‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ Will Return Sooner Than Expected

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The legal procedural drama The Lincoln Lawyer returned to Netflix recently for another season of criminal intrigue surrounding Mickey Haller, an attorney who takes client meetings in the back of a Lincoln Navigator towncar.

The Lincoln Lawyer originated as a series of novels by celebrated crime author Michael Connelly, the first of which was adapted for the screen in a 2011 movie starring Matthew McConaughey. The Netflix series follows the same premise, skipping ahead to the second book in the series for Season 1 and casting Manuel Garcia-Rulfo in the lead role.

When we first catch up with Haller in Season 2, he is enjoying a small degree of local fame thanks to coverage of his successful previous case, but it doesn’t take long for everything to once again go sideways. However, the season is not yet over—in the vein of Ozark, Stranger Things and most recently The Witcher, Netflix has divided Season 2 of The Lincoln Lawyer into two separate parts, and has so far only released the first block of episodes, leaving fans awaiting to learn the fates of several characters in Part 2.

Who is in the cast of Season 2, Part 2?

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo reprises the role of Mickey Haller in Season 2, with Jazz Raycole also returning as Izzy, his driver, and Angus Sampson as investigator Cisco. Neve Campbell (Scream) and Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) are also back as his first and second wives, respectively: Campbell’s character Maggie is a prosecutor, while Newton’s character Lorna is Waller’s legal aide. Season 2 also introduced Lana Parilla (Once Upon a Time) as Lisa, a chef who becomes romantically involved with Haller—before then being accused of murder.

What will Season 2, Part

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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen loses bid for early release from probation

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen has lost his bid for early release from probation.

Cohen was former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and is a witness against him in a case in New York. 

The case centers on allegations Trump falsified business records and committed conspiracy related to his alleged role in hush money payments to two women.

Trump earlier this year pleaded not guilty to 34 counts in connection with the case. 

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman in Manhattan ruled on Friday that Cohen’s past statements in a book and a television appearance are reasons Cohen should not be granted early release and that there wouldn’t be enough reassurance that future crimes wouldn’t be committed. 

Prosecutors allege that Cohen wrote a book in which he lied about engaging in tax fraud and that he was threatened by prosecutors to plead guilty, according to the Associated Press.

Cohen’s lawyer David M. Schwartz said his client “clearly demonstrated” that he has been rehabilitated after showing good behavior in prison while “substantially cooperated with all government authorities.”

Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to multiple charges, including lying to Congress and violating campaign finance law. 

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The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2: Plot, Release Date, Cast, and Everything Else You Need to Know

We have seen a lot of legal dramas like Suits, All Rise, and even the short-lived For the People. While they are quite entertaining in their own right, they can be quite similar.

That’s why The Lincoln Lawyer was a breath of fresh air when it premiered in 2022.

The series follows Mickey Haller, a brilliant LA lawyer who runs his practice in the back of his car because if he needs to move around the city a lot for his client, he’d rather take the time to go over cases instead of driving.

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After launching, the series was a hit among the audience thanks to the popularity of the books it’s based on, and the show was well done with a great storyline and characters.

It cracked the coveted Top 10 on Netflix for weeks after the premiere, amassing 260 million cumulative minutes, and remained Top 10 in 90 countries.

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Fans rejoiced when Netflix renewed the series for a second season of 10 episodes slightly a month later.

Season 2 will be bowing in soon on Netflix, and we have all the details you need to know about the show if you’ve been waiting for it patiently.

What is The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 Plot?

Officially, Netflix is keeping the plot under wraps revealing a single piece of information about the season. It is confirmed that The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 will be based on the fourth book in The Lincoln Lawyer series, The Fifth Witness.

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Thankfully, the trailer for The Lincoln Lawyer Season 2 revealed important details about the season.

Season 2 sees Mickey take on a big new client who is just as mysterious as Trevor Elliot.

While working on this new client, Mickey must

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Jailed Morocco Activist Sentenced To More Prison Time: Lawyer

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A Moroccan human rights activist serving a three-year jail term has been sentenced to two more years in prison in a separate case, her lawyer told AFP on Thursday.

Saida El Alami was convicted of “insulting the king” and “insulting a magistrate or public servant” over remarks she had made during her initial trial for online comments, lawyer Ahmed Ait Bennacer said.

A court in Casablanca sentenced her late Wednesday to two years behind bars as well as a 2,000-dirham ($195) fine.

El Alami, 49, a vocal activist with a regular online presence until her arrest last year, was sentenced in September to three years on appeal after being convicted of “insulting” government bodies and public officials, as well as “spreading false allegations”.

Souad Brahma, another lawyer representing El Alami, said the defence team plans to appeal the latest verdict.

El Alami, who describes herself as a “political dissident” on Facebook, had criticised security forces and accused the judiciary of corruption, Amnesty International said.

She had also spoken out in support of imprisoned Moroccan journalists and activists.

Following her arrest in March 2022, Amnesty called on Moroccan authorities “to end the prosecutions of activists who have been critical of public figures, state officials or state institutions, and to ensure that people are free to express their opinions without fear of reprisals”.


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Editorial: Eliminate SC lawyer-legislators’ outsized role in selecting our judges | Editorials

You might have already heard about the one time the role of lawyer-legislators was addressed directly during Wednesday’s extraordinary S.C. Supreme Court hearing over the secret judicial order that had released convicted murderer Jeroid Price from prison 16 years early.

Associate Justice George James asked Attorney General Alan Wilson if the fact that Mr. Price’s defense attorney is a lawyer-legislator was “relevant to any legal or procedural defects that you have argued … because it seems to me that that has been a driving factor in forums other than the one here today.”

SC killer freed 16 years early on secret order heading back to prison, Supreme Court rules

When Mr. Wilson said it was not but noted that “the secrecy of this whole thing makes people look at this with great skepticism,” the justice continued: “But the lawyer-legislator angle you agree is wholly irrelevant?”

“In this court,” Mr. Wilson responded quite deliberately, “it’s all about the law.”

“All about the law,” Justice George repeated. “Just want to be clear on that.”

Editorial: Two important reminders from Judge Manning's hasty order releasing murderer

But less than 10 minutes later, House Democratic Leader Todd Rutherford demonstrated the subtle way he and other attorneys can remind judges that they are members of the body that determines who is and isn’t a judge.

When Associate Justice John Few quizzed Mr. Rutherford on his argument that a state law that requires murderers to serve at least 30 years in prison was trumped by the law Circuit Judge Casey Manning used to slash Mr. Price’s sentence by nearly half, Rep. Rutherford referred repeatedly to why “we” wrote the law one way instead of another.

Scoppe: Can SC lawyer-legislators' special courtroom perk drive reform?

In a display that we’d love to be able to believe would occur in a lower-profile hearing that wasn’t livestreamed, Justice Few interrupted to say: “You’re not ‘we’ here; you’re ‘they.’” After a split second, he smiled, and Mr. Rutherford immediately apologized. But even his

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Fani Willis wants lawyer for Trump fake electors off the case, says there’s conflict

What has Georgia’s Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis been up to? We’ve all been wondering since she said months ago that decisions from her office about its 2020 election interference probe were “imminent.” Well, we got an update this week.

Specifically, there may be some flipping among the so-called fake electors — the people who signed false slates of electors for then-President Donald Trump during the 2020 election — and it’s leading Willis to try and get a state GOP-paid lawyer kicked off the matter.

That lawyer is Kimberly Bourroughs Debrow, who’s been representing 10 of the Georgia Republicans who sought to push Trump into office despite him losing to Joe Biden. According to a filing from Willis on Tuesday, some of them have implicated another in criminal activity (though the filing didn’t specify which elector or what alleged crime or crimes). That led Willis to seek Debrow’s disqualification because, per Willis, her office interviewed some of those electors last week, which revealed not only that some of them are implicating another, but that the defense never conveyed immunity offers to the electors that were broached last year. (Debrow has denied Willis’ allegation.)

But wait. Why is Willis, the prosecutor, getting involved with defense representation? Don’t people have a right to their chosen lawyer if they’re informed about any potential conflict (and if they can afford the lawyer)?

Yes, but not without exception. A lawyer needs to keep their client’s best interests in mind, which can be complicated when a lawyer represents multiple clients. When clients’ interests conflict, that can make it close to impossible for a lawyer to act on one client’s interests without negatively impacting another’s. As Willis has framed the situation in her filing — which, again, Debrow contests — such a conflict appears to be

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