A federal court strikes down the Mora County (N.M.) ban on corporations' extracting oil and gas in the country, or even transporting fracking-related materials through the county. The ban also purported to strip First and Fifth Amendment rights from corporations that "seek to engage" in such oil and gas extraction -- as well as expressly contemplating secession from the state and the U.S. if the ban is overturned.
Ancient Athens and modern debates about democracy and political ignorance.
"For over sixty million Americans, possessing a criminal record overshadows everything else about their public identity. A rap sheet, or even a court appearance or background report that reveals a run-in with the law, can have fateful consequences for a person’s interactions with just about everyone else."
The recent sentencing of Barrett Brown has triggered an outpouring of criticism about federal computer crime prosecutions. This post takes a close look at the Brown sentence to see if the criticisms are justified. It concludes that the judge may have miscalculated Brown's sentence, but not for reasons that many have alleged. And it's not clear if the potential errors hurt Brown or helped him.
FDIC provides new guidance that seems to kill Operation Choke Point.
The post called the traditional Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) slaughtering of animals as the “biggest massacre," "committed by humans for 10 and half centuries and which they continue to repeat with a smile.”
Continuing my debate over originalism and same-sex marriage with Orin Kerr.