Archive for the 'law' Category

Medieval Iceland Must Have Had Some Economists

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Over at Salon, also known as the land of the most annoying advertising model ever, is a fascinating interview with law professor William Ian Miller. His new book,”An Eye for an Eye”, describes talionic law, a legal system most famously described by Exodus 21:22-25: “When men have a fight and hurt a pregnant woman, so […]

Quality-in-Reporting Check

Monday, February 6th, 2006

MSNBC, which apparently adheres to the “repeat what one side says, then repeat what the other side says” model of journalism, is running a story on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. In it is this gem: News accounts have suggested the program vacuums up vast amounts of communications and […]

One Reason to Listen to Me

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

If you, the reader, are not asking yourself, “why should I listen to this guy?”, I’m flattered. If, however, you’ve asked that question regarding me, I’m not offended. It’s a fair question. The answer? Because I tend to be right when the pundits are wrong. For example, earlier this week I wrote: Q: All right, […]

More on the Illegal Wiretaps

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Thursday’s New York Times will be carrying this piece, entitled “Senate Panel Rebuffed on Documents on U.S. Spying”. A highlight: In the interview, Mr. Specter said that he wanted a fuller explanation as to how the Justice Department asserts that the eavesdropping operation does not conflict with the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which set […]

The Secret NSA Wiretapping Program FAQ

Monday, January 30th, 2006

To commemorate tonight’s State of the Union address, in which President Bush is certain to defend his probably-unconstitutional wiretapping program (he can’t tell you the details, just trust him), I present: The Secret NSA Wiretapping Program FAQ (With extra Alito’s-confirmation-is-today tie-in) Q: Okay, so what happened? A: The short-but-sweet version is that the Bush administration […]

Chief Justice William Rehnquist Dies

Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

It looks like the religious right’s prayers for “additional vacancies on the Supreme Court” have been answered. Nobody is really on top of this one yet, but the place to look tomorrow will probably be SCOTUSblog. Perhaps Arlen Specter’s previous comments that Sandra Day O’Connor might be persuaded to return as the Chief Justice are […]

Supreme Court Roundup

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

The end-of-term rulings from the Supreme Court this past week have inspired an enormous amount of discussion; rather than repeating what has already been said, I’d rather share a handful of observations and links to some of the better coverage of the topic. On the Kelo v. City of New London case regarding eminent domain, […]

The High Court’s Ruling

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

The release of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Gonzales v. Raich, the medical marijuana case, has dealt a major blow to supporters of medical marijuana and advocates of limited government and free markets. Its effect on the average stoner, however, has likely been limited to a minor buzzkill. There are two fundamental problems with the […]

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