Of Experts and Explainers

The Volokh Conspiracy blog has finally made the move behind the Washington Post paywall, and that led to an interesting comment on Twitter by conspirator Orin Kerr about the change in audience from being an independent blog to being part of a major media outlet: I think we’ve gained some and lost some. I’m worried […]

Je ne suis pas Charlie

Je ne suis pas Charlie

I am not Charlie. Honestly, until this shit happened, I didn’t know a damned thing about Charlie Hebdo. I don’t have a clue what Charlie Hebdo stood for, so I’m not about to identify myself with them or support their editorial agenda, whatever it is. Besides, in my mind, “I am Charlie” links to the […]

Should It Be a Crime to Hate Police?

One of the implicit assumptions I make here is that the criminal justice system is not exempt from the general principle that social institutions enforce social norms. In a society hostile to minorities, giving authorities another law to enforce is giving them another way to punish minorities. Even a law intended to help minorities can […]

I’m Sorry, But I Simply Can’t

Over at Defending People, Mark Bennett is explaining to lawyers how to decide when to reject a potential new client, and what to do about it. I have developed, and I suspect that most criminal-defense lawyers develop, an intuitive sense for when we shouldn’t take cases. I get myself in trouble when I ignore that […]

Hiding from Satan’s Radio

I’ve read several articles about the Texas school district being sued for their policy of forcing students to use an ID card embedded with “tracking” technology. The religious freedom angle seems dubious at best (though in Texas you never can tell), but I was surprised by the number of people worried about technology to “track” […]

There Will Be Turnabout, Bitches

Congratulations are due to Democrats and various big government liberals now that the Supreme Court has now given its approval to the most controversial parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Of course, none of this would have been necessary if the Democrats had been honest enough to pay for affordable care […]

PSA – Vaccines v.s. Candy From Strangers

I’m pretty sure the anti-vaccination crowd is seriously deluded. Some of them are so scared of vaccines that they prefer to give their children immunity to diseases the old fashioned way: By giving them the disease itself. The usual way to do that is with a “pox party”: Wait until one child in your circle […]

The Non-Myth of the Innocent Civilian

One of my more useful sources of things to blog about is Ethics Alarms, where professional ethicist Jack Marshall regularly blogs about a variety of current events from sports to politics to economics. This alarms some of the lawyers who read my blog, because they say that contrary to what he’d have you believe, Marshall […]

Inter Auto Glass

Someone broke into our 12-year-old Dodge Neon. I can’t really say when. It’s our second car, and it’s been parked in the street for the last week or so. I just happened to drive by it yesterday morning and noticed the mess. And actually, “broke into” maybe be overstating it. The driver’s side window was […]

Scattershot 2011-03-30

Random shots around the web: A very cool photography theme: Reenacting old photos of people. I don’t know who Veena Malik is, and I’m probably missing about 95% of the context, but I enjoyed seeing this this attractive woman schooling the scary cleric I’ve been meaning to link to this handy chart of radiation exposure […]

The Republican Response – 2010 – For Real This Time

I’ve been commenting on the President’s State of the Union address on and off for a few years now. I do it for three reasons: (1) to force myself to read the actual speech so I feel more involved in the civic process, (2) to pad out the blog, and (3) because everyone else is […]

It’s About Damned Time!

Mary Beth Buchanen resigns. Radley Balko explains why she was one of the worst prosecutors in the country. This was one of the items on my Obama freedom scorecard, although I don’t know how to tell if he gets full points for forcing her out or if she’s just preparing her inevitable run for office.

Small Government v.s. Law Enforcement

Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer Brian Tannebaum asks us “Why do conservatives apologize for the government?” But there is a more disturbing trend in conservative thought when it comes to criminal justice. Maybe it’s not a trend, just more visible with the advent of blogs and online comments on newspaper websites, but it appears that conservatives […]

Lights Out

The lights went out around 12:15 last night. Some people talk about how nice it is to relax and do nothing while the power is out, but for me, losing electrical power is like losing a limb. When the power failure hit, I was sitting in front of the computer working on a couple of things […]

Obama’s Getting Alinskied

You’ve been hearing about it:  Democratic representatives, home on the August recess, are — at least some of them — holding the traditional “town hall” meetings to hear from voters in their districts. And some of them are hearing yelling.  Lots of yelling. The folks on the left have a simple explanation:  this is a […]