Tag Archive: Criminal law

Our Stupid Schools

We have to reach a breaking point on this. It’s simply getting too insane. Every day brings us more stories of the people who run our public schools acting like total fucking idiots:

Two masked men wearing hoodies and wielding handguns burst into the Pine Eagle Charter School in this tiny rural community on Friday. Students were at home for an in-service day, so the gunmen headed into a meeting room full of teachers

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Zimmerman Charged

With second-degree murder. I’m not sure that the special prosecutor has done anyone any favors here. It’s going to be difficult to convict him of second-degree murder given the ambiguities in some of the testimony. And if he’s acquitted, no one is going to say, “Well, at least he was charged.”

The prosecutor said she doesn’t prosecute by public petition. But her demeanor is not that of someone who hates the spotlight. I have … Read more

The Spirit Over The Letter

Last month I wrote post on the troubling trend of legislators tripping over themselves in the pursuit of sponsoring bills that adds ever more rules and laws into our lives. Not only are there too many laws now (many are just goofy) but the trend for their increase in numbers keeps rolling along. The impetus behind this is obvious, legislators have to justify their existence to get reelected, and the states/municipalities need the money garnered … Read more

We’ll Take That

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: thank God for the IJ:

Imagine you own a million-dollar piece of property free and clear, but then the federal government and local law enforcement agents announce that they are going to take it from you, not compensate you one dime, and then use the money they get from selling your land to pad their budgets—all this even though you have never so much as

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A Surplus of Law

I finally, somewhat belatedly, read Harvey Silverglate’s Three Felonies a Day. The book is a bit different from the title. It doesn’t actually argue that Americans commit three felonies a day. But it does argue that vague laws, ambitious prosecutors, regulatory complexity and the abandonment of mens rea — the principle that criminal charges should be brought only for intentional violations of the law — have created an environment in which massive swathes of … Read more

A Criminal Nation

There is a disturbing trend in America wrt our bureaucratic overloads trying to solve every problem and correct every mistake by enacting new and more onerous laws. I wish I could blame this all on Obama, it is more convenient and tidy that way, but this has been going on for about 30 years now. Yes, he has quickened the pace and gone nuts in the process, but he was passed the baton and did … Read more

Educational Theft

That’s the crime that’s sweeping the nation:

An African-American mother of two, Ms. Williams-Bolar last year used her father’s address to enroll her two daughters in a better public school outside of their neighborhood. After spending nine days behind bars charged with grand theft, the single mother was convicted of two felony counts. Not only did this stain her spotless record, but it threatened her ability to earn the teacher’s license she had been

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The Arrowhead Desperadoes

My friends, you can sleep safe tonight.

Eddie Leroy Anderson of Craigmont, Idaho, is a retired logger, a former science teacher and now a federal criminal thanks to his arrowhead-collecting hobby.

In 2009, Mr. Anderson loaned his son some tools to dig for arrowheads near a favorite campground of theirs. Unfortunately, they were on federal land. Authorities “notified me to get a lawyer and a damn good one,” Mr. Anderson recalls.

There is no

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Justice Served?

Sometimes the wheels of justice turn painfully slow, as witnessed last week when a 10 year manhunt of OBL culminated in a M4A1 round entering his left eye and exiting out the back of his head. If swift justice is preferable and 10 year old justice adequate, what would you call that which took 60 years, from act to sentence?

Guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 28,000 people, alright Guinness, a … Read more