Zimmerman trial

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 10

Featured image We commenced this series and pursued its theme to draw attention to Senator Dick Durbin’s letter to 300 supporters of the American Legislative Exchange Council. A copy of one such letter (to our friends at the Center of the American Experiment in Minneapolis) is posted online here. The letter is a none too subtle instrument of intimidation in the Democrats’ misuse of the Zimmerman case for ulterior political purposes. The »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 9

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore took up Dick Durbin’s campaign against ALEC last week in “ALEC strikes back.” Moore reported from ALEC’s convention in Chicago last week that Durbin’s letter to ALEC’s supporters “was all anyone was talking about.” Moore provides an optimistic take on the upshot: “I really think the letter backfired,” says Jonathan Williams, an ALEC task force director. “It fired up a lot of our members.” »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 8

Featured image On Friday the Washington Times published an editorial addressing Dick Durbin’s campaign of intimidation against ALEC and its supporters. We have featured Durbin’s campaign in several parts of this series; it represents a shocking abuse of his office. Durbin speaks up defending his behavior in a (patently false) Chicago Tribune column that Roll Call quotes here. Yesterday we excerpted Professor Bradley Smith’s concise condemnation of Durbin’s campaign. Here is Friday’s »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid, part 6

Featured image When the IRS targeting of conservative groups first saw the light of day this spring, Dick Durbin intoned: “It is absolutely unacceptable to single out any political group — right, left or center — and say we’re going to target them. That is unthinkable. That goes back to some of the worst days of the Richard Nixon administration.” (Durbin could teach Uriah Heep a thing or two about false sincerity.) »

Dick Durbin: Worse than stupid

Featured image John Hinderaker called out Dick Durbin for his stupidity in “Is Dick Durbin the dumbest Democrat?” Recognizing the intensity of the competition for the laurels, John left the question open, but he found Durbin definitely to be in the running. But Durbin is worse than stupid. He is a bully and a thug. As John recounted, Durbin has been sending out letters to anyone he has determined to have funded »

Is Dick Durbin the Dumbest Democrat?

Featured image The competition is intense, but Durbin is definitely a contender. Here is the latest evidence: In preparation for a previously announced hearing on controversial “stand your ground” laws announced after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., sent letters to more than 300 possible corporate backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council, requesting their position on such policies in states »

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 »

Richard Thompson Ford: An expert who…

Featured image Richard Thompson Ford is a Stanford University Law School professor who does not struggle with issues of self-esteem. He somewhat immodestly fancies himself “[a]n expert on civil rights and antidiscrimination law [who] has distinguished himself as an insightful voice and compelling writer on questions of race and multiculturalism.” I have it on good authority that Ford is probably the only person who has ever described himself as such. Not surprisingly, »

Tweet of the day

Featured image As Glenn Reynolds’s InstaPundit is to the blogosphere, Glenn’s @instapundit is to the Twitterverse (and there isn’t a lot of overlap between them). If it’s worthy of your consideration, he/it/they are on top of it. The tweet of the day comes courtesy of Glenn’s Twitter feed, which includes this retweet of Kathy in South Carolina: The most famous white Hispanic helped rescue 4 Americans. The most famous black Caucasian refused »

Trayvon Rallies Feature the Usual Suspects

Featured image My sense is that the “Justice for Trayvon” rallies that were held in various cities today didn’t amount to much. One basic question is, did they even have much to do with Trayvon Martin? The answer to that question is suggested by this flyer that was handed out at the rally in New York: This is exactly the same stupidity we have seen over and over from the left. Boycott »

Bill Whittle’s backgrounder

Featured image It’s good to know that the mullahs are with the crowds out in the streets seeking justice for Trayvon Martin today. In a little noted sidebar, Adam Kredo reports that Iran’s foreign ministry on Friday criticized the acquittal of George Zimmerman and chastised the United States for widespread “racial discrimination.” “The acquittal of the murderer of the teenage African American once again clearly demonstrated the unwritten, but systematic racial discrimination »

Who is Angela Corey?

Featured image I was astounded Sunday night when I heard Alan Dershowitz state to Mike Huckabee on Huckabee’s Fox News Channel show that, after he had criticized Zimmerman special prosecutor for filing a highly misleading affidavit supporting the second degree murder charge against Zimmerman, Corey called the Dean of the Harvard Law School and demanded that Dershowitz be disciplined. Video of the interview is posted here. In an extremely interesting column posted »

Dershowitz vs. Corey: The link

Featured image Yesterday I noted Mike Huckabee’s interview with Alan Dershowitz on Fox News about Zimmerman special prosecutor Angela Corey. Huckabee interviewed Dershowitz on Sunday following the verdict on Saturday evening. RCP has posted a video of the interview along with an excerpt in transcript form. Although I quoted the excerpt, I forgot to include a link to the RCP post with the video. The video of the five-minute segment is worth »

Alan Dershowitz vs. Angela Corey [With Additional Comment by John]

Featured image William Jacobson has a brief post recalling Alan Dershowitz’s critique of Zimmerman special prosecutor Angela Corey. Dershowitz has stringently criticized Corey for omitting significant exculpatory details from the affidavit by which she successfully sought to charge Zimmerman for murder. Jacobson includes a June 2012 video of Mike Huckabee interviewing the voluble Professor Dershowitz in his post, finding Dershowitz’s critique prophetic of the outcome of the trial. Last night Dershowitz returned »

Bananas revisited

Featured image Both Paul and I have Woody Allen’s comedy Bananas (1971, written with Mickey Rose) tattooed deep inside our brains somewhere. Paul’s reference to “A travesty of a mockery of a sham” comes from the film. In the film’s trial scene Woody Allen/Fielding Mellish condemns the proceedings brought against him in the United States as a result of his activities in the fictional Latin American banana republic of San Marcos: “I »

A travesty of a mockery of a sham

Featured image The farce that is the George Zimmerman “murder” trial took a bizarre turn when the prosecution sought leave to have the jury consider a new charge against Zimmerman — felony murder. Felony murder occurs when one causes someone’s death while committing a felony. What felony did Zimmerman allegedly commit? Why, child abuse, of course. Although it was clearly abusive of Zimmerman to have a child (Trayvon Martin was 17, don’t »