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July 20, 2014

Tragic and personal criminal justice story: the killing of Professor Dan Markel

Like many other law professors and bloggers, I was stunned and deeply saddened upon learning yesterday that Florida State University law professor Dan Markel died after having been shot at his home.  Paul Caron at Tax Prof has this post, Death of Dan Markel (1972-2014), with news reports and links to postings by other law profs and bloggers.

Dan was a personal friend, and his extraordinary commitment and contribution to big ideas in criminal law and theory during his (much too short) life cannot be easily overstated. Of particular note, Dan was among the most active and forceful voices seeking to define and defend a modern conception of retributive justice. For that reason and many others, I hope those responsible for this shocking crime are brought soon to justice.  

All those who were close to and cared for Dan are in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Professor Dan Markel.

July 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM | Permalink


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Saddened to read of the loss to you , his colleagues , students and society .

Posted by: Docile Jim Brady 43209 | Jul 20, 2014 12:13:15 PM

I am shocked. It has to be a prank, a joke. I want to cry. I liked him, even though he shunned me. I thought he was cute and funny by his self seriousness. I thought of him as another victim of the lawyer profession and education. I wanted to help him even though he thought me beyond the pale, and overruled his partners to shun me.

I know what his family is enduring from personal experience, and it will never go away.

This murder is like an episode of the Twilight Zone. A sickening, stomach churning irony. I cannot use it to make any partisan points. However, he was not on the hierarchy arrest list and deserved the protection of the criminal justice system. That contemptible failure went into catastrophic collapse in his case. The entire blame lays on the lawyers that protected his murderer, whether a robber, a paranoid schizophrenic, a terrorist.

I know Prof. Berman and he were personal friends. Prof. Berman should not ignore his personal feelings, because they are valid, far more valid than that cold blooded, lizard lawyer style that lawyers have to maintain in doing their work.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 20, 2014 9:17:10 PM

I have seen many heart-felt comments on him on various blogs. Blogs provide a chance to have a sort of intimacy but these comments are from those who knew the man personally. Either way, such a horrible thing, his life's work adding to the sick joke nature of the whole thing. RIP.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 21, 2014 9:45:26 AM

Marital difficulties.

May not be a robbery, but targeted assassination.

Neighbors are upset that police is not giving more details. If a home invasion by a professional crew, real estate values tumble. If a targeted assassination, real estate values stay OK.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 21, 2014 11:15:49 PM

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