How To Write (Or Solicit) A Good Letter Supporting A Defendant At Sentencing

This week various political figures took some abuse for writing letters seeking leniency in the sentencing of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who got a 15-month sentence for monetary transactions designed to conceal that he was paying off victims of sexual abuse. I've argued before that if you write a sentencing letter in support of a famous (or notorious) person, the media will report on it in an insipid and sensational way. That's inevitable, and media reaction isn't my focus. My … [Read More...]

Some College Thick-Skin Advocates Need A Thicker Skin

If you want to fight the culture of victimhood, you can't wallow in it. If you're going to be an effective advocate for thick skins, you can't have a thin skin. If you're going to fight against the pernicious notion that people have a right not to be offended, you shouldn't be easily offended. Why […]

Anatomy of a Scam Investigation, Chapter 14: The Indictment

This series is about my investigation of a mail fraud ring that attempted to scam my firm, the history of its bad actors, and the methodology that I used to look into it. You can see the whole chapter index here. The wheels grind slowly, but they grind. About four and a half years ago […]


UC Davis Wondered If $175,000 Would Make The Internet Go Away. Conclusion: No.

In November 2011, two campus police officers pepper-sprayed protesters at University of California, Davis. If you'd like to learn about the chain of incompetence that led to this, read the independent report. For instance: Lt. Pike is also responsible for the specific pepper spray weapon he used, the MK-9, and the manner in which he […]


I've Got A Little List

Making lists of disfavored or ill-behaved people seems to be popular these days. Let's check some out! Location: Stated Ethos: "You were added to the list because you publicly called for someone to be fired, disinvited, shunned, no-platformed, or otherwise punished or silenced for refusing to submit to the SJW Narrative. The particular […]

Rape and Civility

Yesterday over at The Watch, Radley Balko reported on a story from Aiken, South Carolina, where police pulled a car over for having a temporary tag (something that's not illegal), abused the inhabitants, called the African-American adult male passenger "boy", and on the pretense of searching for drugs digitally probed his anus on the side […]

Overturn Child Labor Laws!

I have a post up today at Fault Lines about how we need more nine-year-old journalists. LOCHNER REPRESENT

Road To Popehat: Friendly Advice Edition

It's time for the Road to Popehat, the feature in which we check out the site traffic logs, see what searches brought you here, and revisit the dosage on our anti-anxiety medication. Occasionally we are moved to try to be helpful to our visitors. Why not? in new york state can you say something negative […]

Lawsplainer: What Does That Controversial Mississippi Law Do, Anyway?

I have a question. Of course you do. Don't be rude. You've abandoned this site for weeks.  What's your issue? I was in trial.  I apologize for not entertaining you.  What's your question? That new law in Mississippi.  The one people call a "religious liberty" bill, either with our without scare quotes.  Does it really […]



FROM: City of Parma Police Department Public Information Officer, Detective Lieutenant Kevin Riley TO: Citizens of the City of Parma, "Media" REGARDING: Correction of False Statements Disseminated Through Harassment and Terrorism As our Vision Statement explains, the City of Parma Police Department is committed to providing the citizens of Parma with lawful environment where all […]

On the brighter side, team, nobody can say we didn't find WMDs.

That Time I Accidentally Played Dungeons & Dragons With White Nationalists

We geeks are just better at being good people. We're better than the jocks, the cheerleaders, the socs, the hierarchically and socially mundane. We transcend bigotry. If you like dwarves — who, after all, are clearly Scottish or something — and Minbari and so forth, how could we be preoccupied with silly pigmentation issues? How […]