Too Many Laws Make Criminals of Everyone
A few days ago I had a conversation with a Highway Patrolman. I asked him what he does when he suspects someone of doing something illegal, but the guy’s driving is OK and there is no reason to pull him over. He smiled and told me there are enough driving rules so he can find a reason to pull anyone at any time. Every day at | Read More »
When Freedom From The Law is Lost, So is All Other Emancipation
I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. – Aristotle Aristotle spoke these words and inspired an entire philosophy of how mankind should relate to the society they live in. Thinkers, theologians and revolutionaries from diverse backgrounds, all over the world, have drawn strength from this precept. Namely that a man who | Read More »
Democracy vs. Republic – Is There Really a Difference?
It seems like every American should already know this, but just in case there were any questions left… Democrats are people who believe that the United States of America is, and should be, governed as a Democracy. Republicans are people who believe that the United States of America is, and should be, governed as a Republic. That sounds pretty simple doesn’t it? But what does | Read More »
A Treatise on Abortion
Some people of late have been talking about “the abortion debate” and the law. Let’s have a look at one legal argument that I haven’t heard anyone make before. Since it is easily proven that an unborn child has human DNA from conception, there is no doubt that the child is legally a human being. Likewise, since the child has DNA that is distinct from | Read More »
One Reason Our Healthcare System is in a Mess: Trial Lawyers
OK, my headline is admittedly too simplistic. In fact, the whole medical malpractice milieu is sorely in need of a fix. We have unnecessarily large awards to aggrieved patients, crushing insurance costs to doctors to cover malpractice, a situation where defensive medicine drives up costs, and an entire industry of lawyers whose job it is, apparently, to rape the system and cause it to be | Read More »
Lawyers Proving the ‘Slippery Slope’ is Real
If you’ve spent any time at all on Internet message boards or in college debate class you’ll have seen the rafters vibrate with righteous condemnation against the “slippery slope argument.” It is claimed that a worst case, ultimate extrapolation of a thing is a bad argument because it isn’t necessarily a truism. Supporters of the Second Amendment, for instance, are scolded by liberals when the | Read More »
GOP cowardice made Sotomayor “ordinary”, filibuster-proof
For political reasons, I would not favor a Republican Party filibuster of the President’s first nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. But her record as an appeals court judge and publicly enunciated judicial philosophy do render her unfit to serve even as a traffic court magistrate. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to past feckless GOP judicial nomination strategies, not only were previous unqualified nominees not | Read More »
President Obama has made his choice and, as DeVine Law suggested upon Justice Souter’s announced retirement, he appears to have made a bold leftist ideological choice as well as a “twofer” Democratic Party political choice, with a female and a Hispanic in Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor. We have suggested that the President had no reason to choose anything but a | Read More »
The Pirate Bay Founders Sentenced to Prison
A Swedish court Friday found the four founders of The Pirate Bay website guilty of promoting copyright infringement for running a website , one of the world’s top websites for peer to peer filesharing, and sentenced them to a year in prison. The court also ordered the four (Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundstroem) to pay damages totaling more than $3 million | Read More »
California State Senate approves bill banning language discrimination. Business owners better start learning Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic and every other language.
www.thepoliticalclass.com California State Senate approves bill banning language discrimination. Business owners better start learning Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic and every other language. The L.A. Times reports here. This is an interesting topic that many people can argue either way. BUT – since it mentions employment as well as well then it opens the door for a jury, and not the business owner, to decide if speaking | Read More »
AP:’Mad as Hell’ About Bloggers, Google, Aggregators
The Chairman of the Associated Press had some sharp words for those darned ol’ Internet interlopers out there. He said he’s “mad as hell” over those who “walk off with our work.” Though Chairman Dean Singleton didn’t exactly specify who he was talking about, according to Politico, the wire agency has been targeting Google, Bloggers and news aggregator sites such as Huffington Post of late. | Read More »
Justice Ginsberg Would Rather be Liked by Foreigners Than be Right
Ever since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor began babbling about it several years ago, the talk of Supreme Court Justices of the United States of America using foreign court rulings to base their decisions upon has been a topic of dread for those interested in adhering to the U.S. Constitution. It should be shocking to see a U.S. Supreme Justice talking about using foreign precedent but | Read More »
Hold(y)er horses, Free Ted!
AG moves to overturn conviction of Republican senator in virtually unprecedented action This criminal defense lawyer of 14 years was shocked to see a North Carolina prosecutor disgraced and disbarred in the Duke Lacrosse team non-rape case. It is not rare for District Attorneys to abuse their discretion by indicting and prosecuting defendants they suspect are innocent. It is extremely rare for such immunity protected | Read More »
Is Libel Law Turning Against Us, New and Old Media Alike?
This is not a story of bias in the media. It is a story, rather, that affects both the Old Media of newspapers, TV and radio, as well as the New Media of the Internet. Our disagreements with the Old Media aside, we both stand to see trouble if a recent court case in Massachusetts gains momentum or is applied liberally henceforth. The Associated Press | Read More »
First Kill all the Lawyers… or at Least Put Them Out of Work
With apologies to the many fine folks at law that visit these pages, and those of my colleagues here on RedState that ply the law, today I am going to act the vulgar Shakespearian and advocate to “first kill all the lawyers.” Well, if not kill them exactly, then at least put many of them out of work — not that I am any expert | Read More »