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Scattershot 2014-02-28

Random shots around the web: What is it with Illinois and bizarre double jeopardy cases? In the 1990′s we had the Harry Aleman murder trial do-over which wiped out his earlier acquittal (a classic Chicago tale), and now the state is requesting to re-try Esteban Martinez after refusing to present its case in the first trial. […]

Scattershot 2014-02-01

Random shots around the web: Matt Brown has a lot more background information about the cop who shot a surrendering man in the back and about the leadership in Pinal County that make it likely he’ll get away with it. Norm DeGuerre has a very good essay describing the mismatch between how the justice system […]

Scattershot 2014-01-24

Random shots around the web… After reading the harsh conclusion Scott Greenfield reaches in his response to the Pinal County Sheriff’s department’s shooting of Manuel Longoria as he was surrendering with his hands in the air, I had this running through my head: When they kick out your front door How you gonna come? With […]

Scattershot 2014-01-10

Random shots around the web: Radley Balko now has a home at the Washington Post. Interestingly, he’s billed as an “Opinion Blogger” rather than an “Opinion Writer” like the columnists featured at the top of the Opinions page. (In fact, he doesn’t appear anywhere on that page as I write this.) Radley plays it like […]

Scattershot – 2013-12-13

Random shots around the web: Jack Marshall points out that memorial events for the mass shooting in Newton, Connecticut last year are ignoring one of the victims. Blonde Justice says she does, but doesn’t present any evidence. Deborah Montesano tries to spin the government’s $11.8 billion dollar loss from owning GM, using numbers that the […]

Scattershot 2013-12-09

Scattershot 2013-12-09

Random shots around the web: The ACLU tells an effective horror story about what can be done with all that GPS data the NSA is gathering. The ATF continues to make wonderful ethical choices. Bill Otis at Crime & Consequences says sending people to prison doesn’t ruin their lives. Because holocaust survivors. Today’s Google front-page […]

Scattershot 2011-09-15

I’ve haven’t been writing very much lately, but other people are keeping busy, and I thought I’d share a few items with you folks. Ken Lammers at Crimlaw has written a fascinating series of posts about how the criminal justice system (at least in his Virginia) determines the value of a stolen item for purposes […]

Scattershot 2011-06-23

I’m going to take a break for a week or so (maybe), but here are a few random shots around the web: I’ve always wondered why the TSA doesn’t make it easier for passengers at security checkpoints to mail packages that they’re not allowed to take on planes. I believe Jennifer has stumbled on the […]

Scattershot 2011-04-11

Random shots around the web: I’m sure the benefit to the food contractor is purely a coincidence. This crap from the TSA is so wrong. And, the TSA is using puppies for propaganda. Have they no decency!

Scattershot 2011-03-22

Random shots around the web: Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Still a complete tool. Rather awesome response to a racist screed. Somebody get this guy a recording contract. Or an appearance on the Colbert Report. There’s a lot I don’t understand on Twitter, such as whatever this person is up to. What is that? A […]

Scattershot 2011-03-09

Random shots around the web: Kevin Smith is releasing a horror movie in which the bad guys are, basically, the Westboro Baptist Church. The Scarlett P. Twitter in a nutshell. Massively idiotic anti-terrorism training. Can’t. Get. It. Out. Of. My. Head. (Hat tip: Ethics Alarms)  

Scattershot 2011-03-03

Random shots around the web: Congratulations to the Jews, on beating the rap. Carl Hiaasen, who used to write fun books, apparently believes in the government needs to know how much pain medication everyone is taking. Not that drug monitoring would help. Note to teachers unions: This is why people hate you. Apropos of nothing, […]

Scattershot 2011-03-01

Random shots around the web: I missed this earlier, but blocking the internet kill switch seems like a good thing. They say that “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Does that apply to a criminal defense lawyer charged with a traffic misdemeanor? Sunday night’s Oscar speech by the writer of The […]

Scattershot 2011-02-25

Random shots around the web: The state of Illinois has made it even easier for you to pay them to get your right to drive back after they take it away from you without bothering to convict you of a crime. Meanwhile in D.C., changes in drunk driving arrest procedures set up officers for a […]

Scattershot 2011-02-14

Random shots around the web: Homeland Security can seize domain names? WTF? A little bit of crime facilitating speech (?) from Steve Graham (useful to the 420 crowd). More Venn diagram humor. Gang fight caught on video. Now matter how awful I think our criminal justice system is, I can always count on the crimlaw blogosphere […]

Scattershot 2011-01-27

Random shots around the web: It bothers me that foreigners need advice like this to enter my country. A terrible fate for a telegenic white girl. The true face of public education and an amazingly reasonable judge. This is kind of awesome. Lindsay Beyerstein explains why the kids-getting-high-on-bath-salts story isn’t as exciting as it sounds. […]

Scattershot 2010-11-27

Random shots around the web: Yet another reason why the U.N. is a joke. Why Ken Lammers should stay out of England. (Explanation) Why Canada’s Human Rights Commission is a joke and why Patrick at Popehat should stay out of Canada. It looks like music piracy is now a matter of homeland security. Why I’m […]

Scattershot 2009-11-20

Random shots around the web: The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been returning overhead photos of the Apollo landing sites. Cory Maye is getting a new trial. Steve Landsburg slams Krugman and then praises Krugman. Sounds right to me in both cases. It just kills me that teachers grade students all the time, but their unions […]

Scattershot 2009-11-06

Random shots around the web: Economist Steven Landsburg is blogging to promote his new book. Another example of using civil forfeiture to turn a police force into a theft ring. The war on people in pain continues. (Hit tip: Pete Guither)

Scattershot 2009-10-23

Random shots around the web: Don’t mess with Texas. Or Texas’ pecans. When you’ve made the sale, quit talking. Remember when I called Money Laundering a fake crime? Sound like we should hire casino security experts to do the TSA’s job.