If you're going to encourage people to punch Nazis, at least give us a definition of "Nazis." We can all agree the guy walking around with a swastika flag is the genuine article, but many people on twitter hold to a definition much more...expansive than that. Example: people are seriously making the argument that the American … Continue reading Even the bad people have rights
[originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] The next thing [Cheye] Calvo remembers is the sound of his mother-in- law screaming. He ran to the window and saw heavily armed men clad in black rushing his front door. Next came the explosion. He'd later learn that this was when the police blew open his front door. Then there … Continue reading Book review: “Rise of the Warrior Cop” by Radley Balko
Canadian Lawyer's Gail Cohen praises the late Doug Christie for representing people many lawyers wouldn't touch: Christie, often called The Battling Barrister or Counsel for the Damned, became notorious for his defence of some of the most reviled hatemongers in the country. His clients included holocaust denier Ernst Zundel, former Nazi guard Michael Seifert, fascist … Continue reading It’s dirty work (and lawyers get to do it)
Ted Olson, the lawyer arguing in favor of marriage equality before the Supreme Court of the United States - the sixtieth time he's appeared before America's highest court - has the background you'd least expect: Certain law partners no longer call Theodore B. Olson for lunch. Old friends no longer come to dinner at his sprawling house in … Continue reading The unlikely champion of same-sex marriage
Via Reason, a remarkable clip from The Andy Griffith Show making the rounds after Griffith's death:
Update: it wasn't just CNN. Looks like people at many media outlets, in their rush to break the news first, read up to page 2 of the written decision and jumped to conclusions.
I want to print this post from Popehat, frame it and mount it on my wall. ...Say that someone sues, or threatens, or abuses someone whose ideas you despise, someone whose good faith you doubt, someone working for political or social ends you are struggling against. If that censor is successful in any measure, are you harmed? Yes. You are … Continue reading “How About Defending Speech Because It’s Speech, Not Because You Agree With It?”
Nova Scotians who followed the "Life is Wasted Without Jesus" controversy may be interested in this markedly similar case from Ohio, where a student's T-shirt was banned because of a controversial religious message. The difference? In the Ohio case, the shirt read, "Jesus is Not a Homophobe."
University of Houston law professor David R. Dow, in The Daily Beast, says Supreme Court Justices who don't agree with David R. Dow (or President Obama) should be impeached. Think I'm oversimplifying his argument? Just read the article. (via InstaPundit) Somewhere, in an alternate universe, President Gingrich is loving this.
I'm actually old enough to remember when it was American conservatives who moaned about "unelected activist judges" striking down laws "the people" wanted. (About 3 1/2 months ago, to be exact.)