Since Dan’s death, his friends and family have watched and supported the prosecution of his killers, anxiously awaiting one of the conspirators to flip on Wendi’s mother Donna and brother Charlie so that justice can be done....
But there is another grave injustice in this tragic story. For the past three years, Dan’s ex-wife Wendi has denied Dan’s parents, Ruth and Phil Markel, the opportunity to visit and otherwise communicate with their grandkids. She has also changed their last names from Markel to her name, Adelson....
Wendi and Dan’s boys were robbed of the ability to grow up with a loving father. They deserve to know their paternal grandparents while they still can, to understand who they are and where they came from, to know they were not abandoned. We have seen in the immigration context the devastation that results when kids suddenly lose close family members without any explanation. Surely Wendi — an immigration advocate — knows this as well as anyone, and yet she separates families in her own life.
In the months ahead, Wendi and Dan’s boys — now 10 and 9 — are going to suffer a horrible tragedy all over again. They’re going to learn that Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie — no doubt a big part of their lives right now — murdered their father. And when that happens, they’re going to need family: grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who they know love them and would never do anything to hurt them. They have such family on their father’s side — and even Wendi’s older brother Rob’s family on their mother’s — but they never see them.
When Ben and Lincoln find out about what Grandma Donna and Uncle Charlie did, they will no doubt cut them off, likely for the rest of their lives. Will they turn on their mother too? Trust me, teenage boys do that to parents in the best of circumstances. They’ll read and watch everything there is, and question whether Wendi was part of the murder plot too.
I personally believe that Wendi had nothing to do with Dan’s death, as explained here....
November 18, 2019
...who has been a vigorous critic of the reactionary regime in his native country.
November 12, 2019
October 28, 2019
Our current Bigelow Fellow Travis Crum blogged about how to protect voting rights after SCOTUS's decision in Shelby County (the Wall Street Journal even noted his contributions in 2014). Now the House Judiciary Committee has voted out a law essentially adopting Crum's proposals! Impressive!
October 14, 2019
...but jury deadlocks on his ex-girlfriend and accused intermediary in the murder-for-hire plot. One interesting detail reported here is that Mr. Garcia, convicted of the murder, had a run-in with Charlie Adelson about two weeks before the murder over Adelson's involvement with his ex-girlfriend.
October 08, 2019
Last week, we noted Jason Solomon's view that Ms. Adelson was not involved, but others increasingly disagree I've learned. The Blog Emperor has a useful account of the evidence adduced so far at trial (with links), and a law professor elsewhere wrote to me the other day summarizing the circumstantial case against Ms. Adelson as follows:
Lacasse [Adelson's ex-boyfriend] testified this week that five days before the murder Wendi was acting very strange, she asked if she can share something confidential with him, he said sure and she told him about Charlie [her brother] looking into a hit man. Then they had a fight he went home and she asked him not to contact her for exactly a week. Five days later Dan was murdered. The day he was murdered, and she testified on that on Friday, she had a flurry of phone calls with the family and contacted Dan right before the murder, I guess to verify his plans. Then her mom set up a tv repair guy to come to Wendi’s house the exact time of the murder, presumably as an alibi. TV was also the code name used in the taped discussions between Donna [Wendi's mother] and Charlie on the hit and how Wendi presented to the investigators her brother’s repeated ‘joke’ about a tv being cheaper than a hit.
And then, Wendi admits, she drove just after the murder by the crime scene (which was far from her house) and purchased a “buliet” vodka for a party. Lacasse also testified that she told him she and Charlie went on a celebration dinner after the murder. She herself lied on the stand on several things and the prosecution was able to demonstrate those lies. On top of all this, Luis Rivera, the hit man who confessed, was on the stand this week saying that he and the other hitman saw Wendi in talahassee and his partner in crime told him it’s her for whom they are committing the crime. Not sure how believable that exact statement is but there were pictures presented by the prosecution of Katie [girlfriend of the other hitman, and ex-girlfriend of Charlie Adelson] and Wendi at the beach together, and timeline of Wendi spending a lot of time in Miami just before the murder.
This is all info publicly gained from the trial and I think the sentiment in the blogosphere/sites following the case that there is mounting evidence at this point.
I have not been following the trial, or the evidence, carefully enough to have an opinion of my own, but readers can follow the links at the Blog Emperor's site for more information.
September 25, 2019
September 23, 2019
Trial of two of the suspects in the Dan Markel murder begins today, and a remarkably forthright critique of Wendi Adelson and her family (UPDATED)
As Blog Emperor Caron reports, the trial of the suspected hitman and middlewoman in the Markel murder begins today, but even more remarkable is this piece by Professor Markel's friend Jason Solomon, titled "What Should Happen When Your Mom and Brother Murder Your Ex?," which, rightly indicts the awful behavior of Markel's ex-wife Wendi Adelson; an excerpt:
September 18, 2019
Emory Law School moving to fire a tenured faculty member who mentioned the "N-word" (he didnt use it)
September 04, 2019
Lots of information, including a breakdown of Deans by years of service, alma mater, race, gender and more. (For example, more than one-third of Deans are now women [including the Deans at Yale, Columbia, Stanford, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, and UCLA, among other places].)
September 03, 2019
Legal historian John Witt here, responding to former Dean Anthony Kronman's new book (see this interview for the flavor, although he doesn't discuss the renaming of Calhoun College). I'm inclined to agree with Professor Witt that renaming Calhoun College was a more than reasonable decision; but I'm also inclined to agree with Professor Kronman that (as he recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal), “Diversity, as it is understood today…means diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Diversity in this sense is not an academic value. Its origin and aspiration are political [i.e. justice for victims of discrimination]. The demand for ever-greater diversity in higher education is a political campaign masquerading as an educational ideal.”