Prior Restraint of Daily Iberian More Outrageous Than We Feared

Last week I described how District Judge Curtis Sigur issued a broad temporary restraining order at the behest of attorney David Groner imposing clearly unconstitutional prior restraint on the Daily Iberian of New Iberia, Louisiana. This is not a story where the facts, as they come out, show that everyone overreacted. This is a case where the facts are even worse than initially reported. … [Read More...]

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Old Dominion University: Offensive Messages On Private Property "Will Not Be Tolerated"

As the summer of August burns away into September's fall, traditional parades of parents escorting their sons and daughters off to college are in full swing.  After a long, relatively uneventful summer, students and administrators alike have returned and are eager to resume their own tradition: indulging their basest impulses. Kicking things off this year are the […]

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Poor Agostino di Duccio.  He had learned his craft under the most innovative and imaginatively expressive sculptural master of the quattrocento, Donatello.  But Agostino could not have been happy on the mountain in Carrara as he oversaw the quarrying of a shallow, broad block of marble some eighteen feet long.  Over the course of his […]

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Let's Put Her Over The Top

Waayyyy over the top! Attention, lovers of quirk: Alaskan songwriter Marian Call's current kickstarter campaign has managed to fund her forthcoming album, but she's still shy of a stretch goal. Her instrument (apart from voice) is keyboard, and yet she does not own one. Imagine having to cross the wintery wilderness to find an 88 in […]

Louisiana Judge Issues Ludicrously Lawless Takedown Order To Newspaper

Attorney David Groner of New Iberia, Louisiana is angry. Those bastards at the Louisiana State Bar took a run at him, but he mostly beat the rap. He only took a six-month suspension, and that suspension is suspended if he successfully completes a year of probation. But then some jackass on the web forum of […]

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Lawyer Threatens Yelp Reviewer With Lawsuit, Is Wrong

Kyle Barella is an immigration lawyer with his own firm. Last week he gave an "exclusive" interview to Breitbart News Network on his views about birthright citizenship and the whole "anchor baby" controversy. That was, of course, his right. He said he thinks that birthright citizenship is being abused and that we should end it. […]

Lawsplainer: How Did the Fifth Circuit Narrow Student Free Speech Rights?

Last week, in Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, an en banc panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit spent 101 pages arguing over when students can be punished for off-campus speech, and ultimately significantly limited them. Wait. You expect me to read a 101-page court opinion? I don't expect […]

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Old Dominion University: Offensive Messages On Private Property "Will Not Be Tolerated"

As the summer of August burns away into September's fall, traditional parades of parents escorting their sons and daughters off to college are in full swing.  After a long, relatively uneventful summer, students and administrators alike have returned and are eager to resume their own tradition: indulging their basest impulses. Kicking things off this year are the […]

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California's City of Inglewood Can't Copyright City Council Meetings, Case Against YouTube Critic Tossed

A brief update on a case I'd written about on my old pitiful blog, where you can read more if you're interested, about the City of Inglewood, California and its ill-fated attempt to sue a YouTube critic on the basis that videos of its City Council meetings were protected by copyright.  It didn't go well, […]

Ninth Circuit Harshly Scrutinizes Law Enforcement Leak, Threatens Sanctions Against Department of Justice

What the hell is going on in America? The federal judiciary — which previously could be counted upon to be relatively complacent in the face of a culture of prosecutorial misconduct — has begun to take notice and harumph and even do something about it. In January a Ninth Circuit panel blasted state prosecutors defending […]

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If You Disagree With This Post, You're Joining A Bullying Lynch Mob

We name things based upon how we feel about them. We also feel about things based on how we've named them. Politicians understand this. When they want to downplay the invasion of a sovereign nation, they call it an "uncontested arrival." When they justify torture of the sort that we hanged people for within living […]

My Bad Use of Force Decision Shows You Shouldn't Second-Guess My Use of Force Decisions

The Blaze, Glenn Beck's tequila-sweat dream-diary, repeats a law enforcement talking point today. The talking point — "scrutinizing use of force will kill cops" — is rarely served this explicitly or uncritically. The story's about a Birmingham police officer who got pistol-whipped at a traffic stop. A suspect from the car he stopped approached him […]

Center for Medical Progress May Win Abortion-Related Prior Restraint Fight In Los Angeles

A couple of weeks ago I discussed a lawsuit filed by StemExpress — a broker of fetal tissue — against the Center for Medical Progress, the group at the heart of the ongoing video-based criticism of Planned Parenthood. I noted that a judge of the L.A. County Superior Court had issues a temporary restraining order […]