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06/23/2017 04:49 PM
Can the Holy Spirit Participate in Jury Deliberations?
Not just any old holy spirit, but the Holy Spirit.
        
 
 

06/21/2017 08:30 AM
Officer Claimed He Shot Philando Castile Because of Secondhand Smoke
Yep. That is a thing that actually happened.
        

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06/18/2017 09:26 PM
The Daddy Saddle
Happy Father's Day.
        

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06/14/2017 02:17 PM
Here’s to You, Future Plaintiff in Lawsuit Against Axe-Throwing Business
We all know it's coming. (The lawsuit, that is.)
        

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06/12/2017 08:19 AM
Official State Crap: Illinois Again
LTB logoIllinois now has an official state exercise. Among other things.
        

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06/21/2017 04:29 PM
Free Speech Triumphant Or Free Speech In Retreat?
The First Amendment had a pretty good week. In Matal v. Tam the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that a federal law prohibiting "disparaging" trademarks violated the First Amendment. Though the eight voting justices broke into two groups of four taking slightly different paths, their language was equally blunt. From Justice Alito: The Patent […]
06/19/2017 11:26 AM
The Power To Generate Crimes Rather Than Merely Investigate Them
I've got a piece up at NRO about about how nobody — even Trump-haters like me — should be comfortable with federal prosecutors' broad power to catch people not for underlying misconduct, but for reactions to the investigation.
06/17/2017 01:56 PM
Free Speech, The Goose, And The Gander
Last night a popular alt-right troll disrupted a controversial modern production of Julius Caesar staged with a Trumplike figure in the lead role. Some people are incensed at this production and arguing that it depicts and encourages the assassination of Trump himself, and that fury has built to the point that random theaters with "Shakespeare" […]
06/08/2017 09:46 AM
Free Speech Tropes In The LA Times
The LA Times ran my column about cliches and slogans that obscure the free speech debate. Kudos to the Times for making me sound like even more of a choad with the headline.
06/01/2017 02:25 PM
I write letters
On occasion.
05/24/2017 12:45 PM
About Clark Being "Purged" From Popehat
You may recall that we had a co-blogger named Clark. Clark left us at the end of 2015. Since then, Clark has stood by, approvingly, while others have asserted that he was kicked out/expelled/purged from the blog. Recently, he said so himself: Clark's being deceitful. I've put up with it for some time, but for […]
05/22/2017 02:00 PM
The Dubious "Anthony Weiner's Accuser Was Actually Over 16" Story, And Why I'm Very Skeptical
Friday I wrote about Anthony Weiner's federal plea to transferring obscene material to a person under 16, and offered some comments on how it was unusual and notable. Since then, a site called "Who What Why" has published a story claiming that the minor in the case was 17, not 15, and that she initiated […]
05/19/2017 01:39 PM
Lawsplainer: The Remarkable Anthony Weiner Guilty Plea
Oh Ken . . . . What. I have . . . . [giggles uncontrollably] Oh Lord save me. I have a question about WEINERS. Is there any hope I can get a foil who's not twelve? Don't be an old grouch. Can you explain Anthony Weiner's guilty plea? Ugh. Why? It's tawdry. People are […]
05/15/2017 01:18 PM
Randazza: Public Masturbation as Protected Speech?
By Marc J Randazza The Oregonian reports, delightfully, Man arrested after 'masturbating vigorously' in public because he 'hates Portland'. So would his rationale change this from just a run-of the mill date with Palmela Handerson into protected activity? It just might. After all, nudity can be so ennobled, so why not evicting the testicular squatters? […]
05/09/2017 07:41 AM
Randazza: 400,000 Reasons to be a Good Little Pet
By Marc Randazza Barry (Obama, that is) is cashing in now. He's going to rake in $400,000 to give a speech to Cantor Fitzgerald, a Wall Street investment bank. Some on the Left are flipping out that it cuts against everything Obama was supposed to stand for. The Right is screaming about it as well. […]
06/14/2017 04:46 PM
The three most important things when choosing a lawyer
Find a lawyer whose goal is a fair and equitable result for you. Probably one of the most important aspects of hiring a lawyer is the lawyer’s personality. Is the lawyer interested in obtaining a fair and equitable result for you or simply litigating the case? The former results in a quicker, cheaper divorce and … Continue reading The three most important things when choosing a lawyer