Scattershot: Dating, Cops Behaving Badly, NSA, and Some Lucky People

Random shots around the web: Alli Reed posts the worst dating profile ever on OkCupid and proves, as you might suspect, that horny men will hit anything. Stephen Foster thinks it should be illegal to take pictures of people if you plan to have dirty thoughts about them later, or something. Rob Hustle explains what […]

Scattershot: Leaving Cops in the Dust, Shock Doctrine, and CSI: Gallifrey.

Random shots around the web: Yet another case of judges saying you can drive away from the cops. Well, not that you can actually do that, but if you open your window because a cop pulled up behind you, got out of his car, and knocked on your window, you are totally doing that voluntarily […]

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 […]