Category Archives: law

Gorsuch nomination in danger, and other news

As my CNN news bulletins tell me, Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court justice is in serious danger. Gorsuch needs 60 “yes” votes in the Senate for confirmation, and there are only 52 Republicans. Further, several key Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, have already said they’ll vote no on Gorsuch. So did Bernie Sanders. My view? […]

My prediction, which is mine

I predict that the appeals court that this evening is pondering Trump’s immigration order will continue the stay, so that the order will not be enforced. But this one is destined for the Supreme Court.

Ladies and gentlemen: Your new Supreme Court justice

Assuming that Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch is confirmed (and he really shouldn’t even be up for confirmation since Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland was blocked), here’s what we have in store: An “originalist” like Scalia, who believes that the Constitution should be interpreted as it was at the time it was written A “textualist“, who believes that […]

I get email from people who don’t understand the legal system

After yesterday’s post showing the “thank you” letter I got from Johnnie Cochran for being on the O. J. Simpson defense team, reader “Barffy” decided to call me out by appending this comment to the post. This isn’t questioning your expert witness contribution. I was surprised that you would tout this letter given it is associated […]

A letter

I’m wicked busy today, so have a letter from my past:

Patricia Churchland on the effects of neurobiology on criminal law

Scientific American has a new article, “20 big questions about the future of humanity“, in which twenty well known scientists prognosticate about our collective fate. It’s not clear whether the questions were generated by the scientists themselves or by the magazine, but most of them, and the answers, don’t inspire me much. It’s not that I […]

Mass murderers: mental illness or extreme ideology?

Anders Breivik is the Norwegian white supremacist who killed 77 of his countrymen in 2011: 8 in a car bomb in Oslo, and then 69 later that day in a worker’s camp on an island. Many of the dead were young people. Before the murders he had written manifestos about his opposition to Muslims in his […]

Senate passes bill allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its role in 9/11

This is pretty big news, but I haven’t seen that much coverage in the press. But, according to the Independent and The New York Times, the Senate passed a bill yesterday allowing U.S. citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for its purported role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York.  This overturns previous legislation giving foreign […]

New Title IX guidelines a disaster for colleges

Note: This is not about the new Federal guidelines on transgender access to bathrooms. Please read the article before you comment! A while back, the Obama administration’s Education Department informed American colleges that those persons accused of Title IX violations (e.g., sexual harassment and assault) should be judged by “preponderance of the evidence” versus the […]

Did the FBI lie about the killing of LaVoy Finicum?

Reader Lou Jost has been doing some investigation of the shooting of LaVoy Finicum. As you may recall, Finicum was one of those who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in protest over the arrest of two ranchers for arson on federal land. That protest began in January, and on the 26th of that month […]