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What Is a Photocopier?

A dramatic re-creation of a transcript of a real deposition. I thought it might be nice to end my blogging this semester on a lighter note.

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Scalia Dares You To Come at Him, Bro

We’ve all been reading a lot of crushingly pessimistic stuff this semester. When it comes to solutions, we’ve framed the path to realizing them in two ways: (1) through the legal system (2) through democratic action. But there is a … Continue reading

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McCutcheon is Bad, But for Different Reasons

To say “money isn’t speech,” is like saying “guns don’t kill people, people do.”¬†Paraphrasing¬†comedian Eddie Izzard, it isn’t, but is sure does help. Money lets you amplify your speech, present your speech on different mediums, hire people to help you … Continue reading

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UPDATE 3: Not an April Fool’s Joke, Sadly

Just letting you all know that I updated my “Counter-Terrorism by Creating Terrorists” post yet a third time. In this case, undercover FBI agents infiltrated a non-violent Michigan anti-war group and tried to get members to say inflammatory statements in … Continue reading

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Mencken on Democracy

Democracy is also a form of worship. It’s the worship of jackals by jackasses. -H.L. Mencken

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What Law Professors Said About SB 1062

Before Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, law professors from Stanford, the University of Virginia, George Mason, Pepperdine, and Harvard’s law colleges, among others, wrote a letter to the Governor asking her to “make [her] decision on the basis of … Continue reading

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Free Exercise Clause is No Defense Say Courts (but some descrimination should be allowed, maybe?)

Since both the New Mexico wedding photographer and the Colorado wedding cake cases said to be the impetus behind SB 1062 have both been decided in court, perhaps the decisions might prove instructive to our discussions. The decisions for Craig … Continue reading

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Flashing Your Headlights is Protected Speech

(When you see it…. Image adapted from a photo by Ildar Sagdejev via Wikimedia Commons) One aspect I briefly touched upon in my post last week in the comments was the possible chilling effects on free speech if people know … Continue reading

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UPDATE #3 – Counter-Terrorism By Creating Terrorists

(Photo by David Hoffman via Flickr) In November 2011, the FBI arrested four men who they claimed plotted to kill Internal Revenue Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents as well as federal judges with ricin or … Continue reading

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