This "story" perfectly illustrates spontaneous jury nullification in the wild and calls it "jury mutiny." Nullification is never mentioned.Read more »
The court system has spoken, and it says, if you’re not Christian, you’re not fit to be a parent. A divorced veteran in Indiana says he lost custody of his children, with a judge’s ruling explaining, “the father did not participate in the same religious training as the mother…father was agnostic.”Read more »
The Albuquerque police chief is using Twitter to call out delinquent judges. Not a huge story, but I always like stories like this. He's calling it "a huge waste of taxpayer money." I don't think Twitter allows enough characters for him to include the complete list of waste.Read more »
Judge George Caram Steeh in Detroit has squashed a challenge to the health care bill by upholding the law's insurance purchase requirement as constitutional--not because there is any constitutional backing for forcing "citizens" to purchase services, but because enforcement of the law will fail without the provision: "Without the minimum coverage provision, there would be an incentive for some individuals to wait to purchase health insurance until they needed care." Huh, government school told me the three branches were supposed to challenge each other.Read more »
A federal law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor or other military decorations violates freedom of speech, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.Read more »
"Measures are needed to stop brain scans being misused by courts, insurers and employers, experts have warned."Read more »
Porn producer John Stagliano faces up to 32 years in federal prison for distributing the adult films Milk Nymphos and Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice and a promo reel for similar material via his website for Evil Angel Productions (adults only: http://evilangel.com). (Full disclosure: Stagliano is a donor to Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this website.)Read more »
Newton County Prosecutor J. Edward Barce admitted Friday that he submitted paperwork that rendered his Indiana law license inactive after closing a Kentland-based civil practice in 2005 to instead open a restaurant.Read more »
Ryobi was sued by a customer who injured his hand while operating a table saw. The plaintiff contended that, had Ryobi included a competitor's patented "Stop Saw" technology, the injury would've been prevented. Ryobi wanted to include that technology, but the competitor refused to license the technology at a price Ryobi could afford to pay while still selling a competing product. Thanks to patent law, Ryobi gets to pay anyway, and a "citizen" has a permanently damaged hand.Read more »
Sometimes the public is not admitted, witnesses are not sworn to tell the truth, and there is no word-for-word record of the proceedings. Three-quarters of the judges are not lawyers, and many have scant grasp of the most basic legal principles.Read more »
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