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The Illinois Legislature Gets Sexting Right?

Our laws against child pornography were created many years ago, when the production of child pornography was a much more difficult process. A would-be child pornographer had to use film cameras to take the pictures. And since a commercial lab would report him to the police, he had to have the equipment and skill to develop […]

Another Reason Not To Consent To Searches

Scott Greenfield points out that if the police ask to search your car and you consent, the courts have ruled that you are consenting to let the police take your car apart. Here’s the language he quotes from United States v. Garcia: The search here was reasonable. When the officers requested permission to search the […]

Happy 4/20 But Keep It Away From Me

So, it’s 4/20, which is apparently some sort of big day for pot smokers. I don’t know why, but pot smokers have glommed onto the number 420 or 4:20 or 4/20 as somehow being tied to pot. I’m sure it makes sense if you’re stoned. Anyway, I think I’ve established my libertarian credentials well enough […]

A Warning From a Violent Man

Radley Balko points out that former president Bill Clinton has an ugly editorial in the New York Times. It’s the anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people. Clinton goes through the motions of mourning their deaths, but then he moves on to casting blame: Finally, we should never […]

Kill Them Because It’s Easier?

From Bill Otis at the slightly disturbing Crime & Consequences blog, here’s a pro-death penalty argument that I just can’t get enough of: Recently I noted that prison security  —  or, more precisely, the inevitable fallibility thereof  —  puts the lie to abolitionist claims that LWOP will keep us as safe as the death penalty.  […]

If Not Now, When?

It looks like filling the next Supreme Court vacancy is yet another area in which I disagree with the Obama administration. CBS News‘s Jan Crawford says Obama wants “a sparkling intellectual who could go toe to toe with Roberts and Antonin Scalia,” but I’d much rather have Scott Greenfield.

What Might Have Been…

Well, with Justice Stevens retiring from the Supreme Court, it’s time to start another round of speculation and wishful thinking about who will get the job this time. I have no idea who the mainstream pundits are pushing for, but I’m always partial to Wise County Deputy Commonwealth Attorney Ken Lammers. He has more criminal […]

In Which I Slap Around the Fairfax County Police a Bit More

My latest post at When Falls the Coliseum takes on the issue of why the police in Fairfax County, Virginia, should be more forthcoming about how and why one of their officers shot and killed an unarmed man. Jennifer tells me I need to work on my self-promotion skills, so I’ll just say that I […]

Jurors’ Presumptions

As a non-lawyer, and as a generally law-abiding citizen, my main interaction with the criminal justice system is going to be as a juror. But over at a public defender, Gideon is saying that jurors don’t really understand the presumption of innocence: I have come to believe that that is hogwash. Jurors are smart enough to […]

The Murderous Cops of Fairfax County, Virginia

Police officers in Fairfax County, Virginia, have been killing civilians. Then they’ve been stonewalling everyone who asks about it, not even revealing the names of the officers who pulled the trigger: Last November along the roadside of Richmond Highway, a major thoroughfare in Fairfax County, Virginia, a police officer shot and killed David Masters, an […]

It’s Been a Year…

Happy Easter everybody. Today’s not really a great day for me. It was a year ago today that my mother died. The trouble actually started two weeks earlier when she went into the hospital. That’s when she really disappeared. But today’s the first anniversary of the day she died. All in all, this is the […]

Why Does Immigration Law Suck?

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the case of Jerry Lemaine, an immigrant who has been living in the United States for 25 years, who was busted for pot twice — convicted only once — and has now spent three years in jail awaiting possible deportation because of his “crimes.” I put “crimes” […]

ICE Is Un-American

Opponents of increased immigration to the United States often justify their bigotry by claiming that foreigners don’t understand American values. I’m sure there’s some truth to that, but I usually feel that the most un-American values are held by people who are already here. And whether it’s turning back friendly tourists, keeping out musical styles they […]

My New Extreme Project

I’ve been blogging about legal issues for several years now, and I’ve learned a lot about lawyers and law firms and legal marketing, and I’ve earned the trust and respect of the legal blogging community. Now it’s time to leverage that for my benefit. To that end, I’ve joined as a silent partner on a […]