Showing posts with label lawyers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lawyers. Show all posts

More People Recognizing Copyright's 'Free Speech Problem'

by Mike Masnick.  For many years now, we've written about the fact that copyright law and the First Amendment are actually in quite a lot of conflict. After all, copyright is regularly used to stifle speech, and the First Amendment isn't supposed to allow for the barring of speech. Over the years, legal experts have been increasingly starting to realize    ... MORE

Ken White: If I Just Talk To The Police I Can Clear This Up

— The Dangerous Delusion.“Don’t talk to law enforcement without consulting a lawyer” is simple advice. Anyone can follow it. Most of us understand why it’s a good idea. But too many people reject the advice because of a common and misplaced fear. It’s the fear that if they don’t return that detective’s call immediately, if they don’t invite FBI  ... MORE

Scalia's Impossible Possiblity: High Court Resigns Duties, Tortures English Language In Order To Save ObamaCare

by Robby Soave.     The High Court plays politics. In his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell observed that “the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.” Today is Orwell’s birthday; it’s also the day the Supreme Court released its 6-3 decision in King v. Burwell, which preserves  ... MORE

John Stossel: The Parasitic Nature Of Politicians

The money grabbers.   Politicians and lawyers pretend that they are important people doing important work. But often they're important because they are parasites. They feed off others, while creating no wealth of their own. We all complain about businesses we don't like, but because business is voluntary, every merchant must offer us something  ... MORE

Donald Sterling And What We're Learning About Privacy

by Mitch Albom.     Now that Donald Sterling has been banned, fined and condemned — the proper, if ugly, conclusion, in my mind — we should discuss how it happened. Most of us don't need to worry about angry mistresses, Department of Justice investigations, discrimination lawsuits and a history of bigoted comments. But all of us need to worry  ... MORE

Abby Wisse Schachter: The War On Fun

When safety becomes a god.     In 1859, the esteemed magazine Scientific American issued a warning about young people's "pernicious excitement" over a trendy game: chess. The shuffling of pawns and rooks was "a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements   ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano - New Assaults On American Law

Political termites furthering Constitutional erosion.     In the months since Edward Snowden revealed the nature and extent of the spying that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been perpetrating upon Americans and foreigners, some of the NSA's most troublesome behavior has not been a part of the public debate. This       ... MORE

Advertising Jury Nullification Concerns Prosecutors

They fear good jurors may nullify bad laws.     The illuminated billboard in the Judiciary Square Metro station near the F Street entrance was strategically placed. Prospective jurors who take the subway to D.C. Superior Court and exit near the National Building Museum see these words: “Good jurors nullify bad laws” and “You have the right to  ... MORE

John Stossel: Longing To Be A Victim

These days, being seen as a victim can be useful.           You immediately claim the moral high ground. Some people want to help you. Lawyers and politicians brag that they force others to help you. This turns some people into whiners with little sense of responsibility. Joe Biden's niece was arrested recently for throwing a punch at a cop.        ... MORE

Did Zimmerman Prosecutor Try Reverse Jury Nullification?

Asked jury to disregard lack of evidence.      Zimmerman was acquitted of murder and manslaughter for shooting Trayvon Martin. (Details of the case can be read here.) The scary part is that one of the prosecutors, John Guy, in his rebuttal to the defense's closing arguments asked the jurors to disregard the lack of evidence and the lack    ... MORE

John Stossel: Strangling Life

There are now 175,000 pages' worth of federal laws.   Local governments add more. I'm not so cynical that I think politicians pass laws just to control us. Someone always thinks: "This law is needed. This will protect people." But the cumulative effect of so many rules is to strangle life. Yet lawyers like George Washington Law professor John     ... MORE

Public Approval Of Supreme Court Falls To All-Time Low

Lawyers in robes seen to ignore Constitution.        The U.S. Supreme Court finished its term with big decisions on voting rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage. Following those rulings, public approval of the court has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded in more than nine years of polling. A new Rasmussen Reports national     ... MORE

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How Litigation Threatens Professional Football

by Steve Chapman. Professional football is the most popular spectator sport in America, which is one reason yesterday’s Super Bowl was expected to draw 110 million viewers. With its famous athletes, storied franchises, and lucrative TV contracts, it's an industry whose future appears limitless. But football has a problem: the specter of mass brain  ... MORE