Category Archives: Law

Quote Du Jour: Usage Which is Reasonable Generates Usage Which is Unreasonable

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The usages which a particular community is found to have adopted in its infancy and in its primitive seats are generally those which are on the whole best suited to promote its physical and moral well-being; and, if … Continue reading

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Possible Good News on Civil Asset Forfeiture

Fenster writes: Fenster is highly suspicious of the practice of civil asset forfeiture, and wrote of the issue here. You may know that the law often allows police or other authorities to keep the ill-gotten gains from a criminal transaction. … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour: From Pulp Fiction to Sober Reporting

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Old Bailey Session Papers [the law reports for London’s main criminal court] originated close to an earlier genre of popular literature, the sensation-mongering chapbooks, which were pamphlet crime reports that date back to Elizabethan times. The chapbooks … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: At provincial assize courts in the Elizabethan-Jacobean period (1558-1625) the average duration of a trial, including time for jury deliberations, has been reckoned at between fifteen and twenty minutes. These were cases of felony, which still in Elizabethan … Continue reading

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Great Moments in American Law

Blowhard, Esq. writes: About a month ago, a Georgian judge and defendant engaged in an epic pissing match during a criminal hearing. The team over at RICK AND MORTY has animated the exchange for us using the court transcript. Watch and … Continue reading

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Faking It

Fenster writes: Steve Sailer asks if fake hate crimes are against the law.  Apparently not, in a lot of places.  But should criminal penalties apply?  And is a fake hate crime itself a hate crime? And should it be prosecuted … Continue reading

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Scalia’s Sore Winners

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I spent a good part of the weekend marveling at the lefty reaction to Antonin Scalia‘s unexpected death. Did your Facebook feed shamelessly explode with unrestrained celebration too? There are few things more grotesque than watching a bunch … Continue reading

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