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August 3rd, 2020 - 2:31 pm § in Politics, Racism

Can Kaepernick sue for this?

It’s not a question of whether or not you agree with him; it’s an unauthorized and inappropriate use of a person’s name. That’s usually actionable. It also may be libelous by portraying him as a terrorist, enemy combatant, or criminal suspect. From a broader perspective, if t[...]

July 31st, 2020 - 3:14 pm § in Misc.

Federal appeals court vacates Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

A federal appeals court tossed the death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, survivor of two brothers who planted pressure cooker bombs that killed 3 and injured 264 others at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, on grounds of juror bias. The court found at least two jurors had posted strong opi[...]

July 10th, 2020 - 3:06 am § in America

Oklahoma tribes win big Supreme Court victory

State must recognize historic tribal boundaries The Court begins, “On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise” to the Five Tribes of land in Oklahoma in exchange for giving up their ancestral lands in Georgia and Florida. The Court ruled today this land is still “Indian cou[...]

February 25th, 2020 - 11:38 pm § in Donald Trump

Reagan judge reams Barr for defying a federal court order

An opinion by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on January 23, 2020, written by Judge Frank Easterbrook—a Reagan appointee—sharply rebuked Attorney General William Barr for instructing the Board of Immigration Appeals to ignore the court’s decision in an immigration case. This is unprecede[...]

October 11th, 2018 - 1:08 pm § in Misc.

Washington joins states without a death penalty

Washington became a non-death penalty state Thursday when the state supreme court declared the state’s capital punishment statute “invalid because it is imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.” The ruling effectively converts the state’s eight outstanding death senten[...]

November 1st, 2017 - 2:03 pm § in Donald Trump

Trump calls U.S. legal system “laughing stock”

Frustrated that the NYC attacker’s constitutional rights* might stand in the way of arbitrary detention at Gitmo or summary execution, President Trump today tweeted the U.S. legal system is a “laughing stock.” (Read story here.) Sounds like he admires the way things were done under[...]

June 9th, 2016 - 12:05 pm § in Misc.

9th Circuit: Concealed carry NOT a 2nd Amendment right

The Ninth Circuit en banc ruled today that concealed carry is not a Second Amendment right and California can require applicants for CCW permits to demonstrate a good reason for carrying a gun in public beyond a general desire for self-defense. The 11-judge decision overturns an earlier 3-judge ruli[...]

May 23rd, 2016 - 3:26 pm § in Uncategorized

Idaho must pay activists’ legal bills in “ag-gag” case

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay $250,000 to animal-rights activists for their legal bills incurred in challenging an unconstitutional “ag-gag” law that made it a crime to video abuse of farm animals. Read story here. Several Republican-dominated farm states have passed such laws[...]

February 15th, 2016 - 1:18 pm § in Misc.

Cliven Bundy wants taxpayers to foot his legal bills

Cliven Bundy is the ultimate deadbeat. He owes the government over $1 million in unpaid grazing fees. Now that he’s behind bars for fomenting armed insurrection and threatening to kill law enforcement officers, he wants — you guessed it — the government he hates so much to provide [...]

October 30th, 2015 - 5:31 pm § in Misc.

Texas judge orders defendants to get married or face jail time

This story is almost too bizarre to believe, but it’s apparently true. A judge in Smith County, Texas, apparently is ordering people charged with minor crimes to write Bible verses and get married as conditions of getting probation instead of jail time. I don’t see how that can possibly [...]