Tuesday, April 19, 2011


That's the license plate I saw on the way to work. There's gotta be a good back story to that one.

I wonder if that guy got a spot in Lot 26.

Justice Scalia is in fine form today. From footnote 9: The dissent compares VOPA’s lawsuit to such indignities as “cannibalism” and “patricide,” since it is a greater “affront to someone’s dignity to be sued by a brother than to be sued by a stranger.” Post, at 9. We think the dissent’s principle of familial affront less than universally applicable, even with respect to real families, never mind governmental siblings. Most of us would probably prefer contesting a testamentary disposition with a relative to contesting it with a stranger. And confining one’s child to his room is called grounding, while confining a stranger’s child is called kidnaping. Jurisdiction over this case does not depend on which is the most apt comparison. [HT:CC]

Some sentencing news: Some judges want to give longer sentences in the name of rehabilitation. Even DOJ has told the High Court that you can't do that. On the other hand, judges aren't happy with the crack sentences: The federal judiciary is in something like open rebellion over a new law addressing the sentences to be meted out to people convicted of selling crack cocaine.

A couple of weeks ago, for instance, a judge in Massachusetts said he found it “unendurable” to have to impose sentences that are “both unjust and racist.”

The new law, the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, narrowed the vast gap between penalties for crimes involving crack and powder cocaine, a development many judges welcomed.

But it turns out that the law may have been misnamed. “The Not Quite as Fair as it could be Sentencing Act of 2010 (NQFSA) would be a bit more descriptive,” a federal appeals court judge in Chicago wrote last month.

Who's voting for Uncle Luke? Here's one campaign promise -- decriminalize pot.


Anonymous said...

I am voting for Luke for a number of reasons, but the number one reason is that he spent almost a million dollars of his own dough to fight for all of our free speech rights.

Anonymous said...

I think that is bryan tannebaum's car.

Anonymous said...

9:31--- AGREED.