What to do about weed

Featured image David Brooks and Ruth Marcus both oppose the legalization of marijuana, but for somewhat different reasons. Marcus opposes legalization (which has occurred in Colorado and Washington State) because our society, and in particular our children, will be less healthy with another legal mind-altering substance. She cites the American Medical Association, which has recommended against legalization because: Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern. It »

Learning from Lynne Stewart

Featured image In the adjacent post Paul notes that radical lawyer Lynne Stewart has secured a compassionate release from prison in light of her terminal illness. Stewart is walking at this point because the government has joined her motion for release. I want to add a personal note to Paul’s comments. I met up with Lynne Stewart at the national convention of the National Lawyers Guild in Minneapolis in October 2003 and »

Terrorist abetting attorney released from prison thanks to Obama administration

Featured image Lynne Stewart, who was convicted of smuggling messages from Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (“the Blind Sheikh” who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center) to his terrorist followers in Egypt, has been released early from prison thanks to the Obama administration. She was released on grounds of “compassion” because she is terminally ill. District Judge John Koeltl ordered the release based on a request from the director of the »

Racial Profiling Comes to Minnesota

Featured image When one of my daughters was a freshman at the University of Minnesota, a kid was shot just outside the front door of her dormitory. That was only one of many such incidents: in recent years, the university campus, which is located near downtown Minneapolis, has become a crime scene. One young man she knew, walking along a main street in the middle of the day amid a crowd of »

Second Circuit slaps down judge in NYPD stop-question-and-frisk case

Featured image In the early days of Power Line, we got word that a noted jurist liked the site, but thought we should write more about Court of Appeals decisions. My thought, as a practicing lawyer, was that Power Line was a vehicle for me to write about things other than court decisions. Since I’m no longer a practicing lawyer, my only excuse for not writing about Court of Appeals decisions is »

It’s time for a time-out at the EPA

Featured image As Steve notes below, less than 7 percent of the EPA’s workforce is considered “essential,” in the sense of being permitted to work during the government shutdown. The message? The productive sector of our society needs to be harassed, but not on a daily basis. However, if John Brenner were still working for the EPA, he would probably be deemed part of the essential 6.6 percent. So would his close »

Judge expresses ideological solidarity with would-be mass murderer

Featured image Liberals hold that “hate crimes” are worse than crimes involving the same conduct but not the same attitude. But the application of this doctrine may depend on which group the perpetrator hates. If he hates a group that liberals desire for their political base, his crime will be viewed as particularly heinous. If he hates a group that liberals dislike, it may earn him an expression of ideological solidarity from »

More on Aaron Alexis and the Navy Yard Shootings [Updated]

Featured image More information has been flowing in on the Navy Yard shootings, and as usual, it turns out that much of the early news about the incident was wrong. Aaron Alexis apparently suffered from rather severe mental illness, for which he was being treated by the Veterans Administration. The Associated Press tells us that Alexis “had been suffering a host of serious mental issues, including paranoia and a sleep disorder. He »

On Today’s Shootings In Washington [Updated]

Featured image Whenever a mass shooting incident occurs, some are quick to try to gain political advantage. Many liberals hope that the murderer will–finally!–turn out to be a conservative activist. Others perhaps take satisfaction when the shooter, like John Muhammad or Nidal Hasan, is a Muslim. Gun control advocates immediately call for more gun legislation; but what legislation, in particular, seems to be a minor point. Much is not yet known about »

Occasionally, Justice Is Done

Featured image I remember this case from when it was first in the news, in June. Now, a grand jury has made the obvious official: A Texas father who discovered a man raping his five-year-old daughter and beat him to death with his bare hands will not be charged with homicide under state law. You really shouldn’t have to read any farther. This is not exactly a tough case. It makes sense »

If Barack Obama Had a Son, Would He Look Like Chris Lane? [Updated]

Featured image Chris Lane is the Australian college student and baseball player who was murdered while jogging along a street in Duncan, Oklahoma. The perpetrators were three teenagers who were bored and decided to murder someone just for fun. They saw Lane running by, got in a car, drove behind him and shot him in the back. Two of the bored teenagers, Chancey Luna and James Edwards, have been charged with first »

Juror B29 and Zimmerman Revisionism [With comment by Paul]

Featured image One of the George Zimmerman jurors, identified as Juror B29, gave an interview to ABC News on Thursday that some news outlets treated as a blockbuster. The juror, whose first name is Maddy, was quoted as saying that Zimmerman “got away with murder.” (Some observers said that if you watch the unedited footage of the interview, which is available online, the suggestion that Zimmerman got away with murder was offered »

Crime and Punishment: Get the Lead Out?

Featured image The cover story of the current issue of The Economist looks at the fall in crime rates and does its usual thorough job in covering the waterfront of factors contributing to this happy story.  But they may have missed a big part of the story.  There is some intriguing research that argues in favor of the conclusion that the decline in lead levels in the environment may have a significant »

Obama abandons his ground on “stand your ground”

Featured image Via John Fund, we learn that Barack Obama, as a state legislator, co-sponsored a bill that strengthened his state’s 1961 Stand Your Ground law. The legislation Obama sponsored in 2004 broadened the state’s Stand Your Ground law by shielding the person who was attacked from being sued in civil court by perpetrators or their estates when a “stand your ground” defense is used in protecting his or her person, dwelling »

MSNBC, the Home of Ignorance

Featured image Today Martin Bashir jumped on the Trayvon Martin bandwagon with two left-wing guests, Democratic Party strategist and former House Judiciary counsel Julian Epstein and professor James Peterson. Their topic was “stand your ground” legislation. Bashir played video clips of Eric Holder and Democratic Congressman Luis Guiterrez, both talking about stand your ground laws, specifically in the context of the George Zimmerman case: LUIS GUITERREZ: I get the point that if »

Spindle Time

Featured image Airline purgatory over the last 36 hours—every one of my four flights was disrupted or cancelled on a round-trip coast-to-coast itinerary—ended up with me in the wrong city on the wrong day, and all out of clean clothes to boot.  Oh, well, as the old saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough go shopping.  But it has put me way behind on the news.  I hear there was »

Plurality Agrees With Zimmerman Verdict

Featured image For all the hysteria in the wake of the supposedly shocking George Zimmerman verdict, Scott Rasmussen finds that a strong plurality of American adults, 48%-34%, agree with it. So why is the minority represented by Eric Holder, Barack Obama, CNN etc. harping so much on what seems like a losing issue? Two reasons, I think. One, liberals are used to being able to bully the rest of us, notwithstanding that »