Listening to the @yourewrongabout episode on how quickly political correctness on campus stories fall apart and was reminded of the time the National Review had to retract its article about a man being punished "just for asking a girl out" when it turned out he stalked her.
Aww heck I couldn't resist, here's the article.…

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30 Apr
There's a Supreme Court opinion less than 10 years old that days you can go picket a soldier's funeral with signs blaming his death on gay people, which is a little different than having the government murder you for criticizing it.
There are dozens of television programs, making tens of millions of dollars, whose hosts daily say that Black Lives Matter is a group of communist terrorists.
So yes, there is a meaningful distinction between the prospect that someone might disagree with you and being locked up capricious by a government that punishes people for their speech.

I am proud to live in a country where I can say Rod Dreher is kind of a Nazi.
Read 5 tweets
30 Apr
The federal sex trafficking statute is badly and broadly written. If you give someone under 18 a thing of value for sex, that's trafficking, and the government is not required to prove you knew the age of the minor, with a mandatory minimum of 10 years. ImageImageImage
The definition of "commercial sex act," in particular, is so broad that I suspect every high school couple in the country might be trafficking one another.…
It's just a shame that Matt Gaetz fell from grace so quickly, or someone might try to more narrowly tailor this law to what people actually mean when they talk about sex trafficking.
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23 Apr
Mark Weaver argues that Chauvin has a shot based on a 1966 US Supreme Court case, Sheppard, which held that failing to sequester the jury, or order them not to read newspaper coverage, and where the jurors admitted to getting outside information that prejudiced them. Image
It's an interesting look at an earlier view of free speech, where the Court is scandalized that participants in the trial were talking to the press, and suggests that witnesses should have somehow been prevented from giving newspaper accounts. Image
I suspect that this precedent won't be of much help to Chauvin, though, since the central reason so many people came to believe he was guilty was also the central piece of evidence at trial--a video of him kneeling on a man's neck while onlookers begged him to stop.
Read 6 tweets
11 Apr
My takeaway from the most recent scary, terrible thing to happen during a traffic stop is the same as it's always been.

There's no good reason to have 90% of traffic stops in a world where the police can run your tags and text a ticket to the owner of the car.
Traffic stops make police officers nervous, because they're constantly told that they could be shot at any moment.

And they make citizens nervous, for kind of the same reason.
Of course police should stop people who are driving dangerously, and, yes, of course they should do it when the plate appears to be missing.

But if traffic stops are so dangerous for police officers that they are immediately pulling their firearms, we should lessen that danger
Read 4 tweets
9 Apr
Tell me your sheriff has been indicted more than once without saying he's been indicted more than once Image
For the record: once for accidentally shooting a lady while showing off his gun, and a couple of big multi-count RICO indictments
But the dude has had some great lawyers…
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26 Mar
Here's my major question. A magistrate judge in Fulton County apparently found probable cause to believe that this would be Rep. Cannon's third conviction for disrupting the General Assembly.

Is that true?

And if not, will there be false statement charges brought?
This isn't a small thing. To justify the arrest in the first place, the rep had to be committing a felony. And you can't commit obstruction during an unlawful arrest.

So who told Judge Chung this was her third offense?
Here's the punishment part of the code section. If it's not a felony, the arrest is facially unconstitutional.

This is something that someone needs to investigate.…
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