Dan Markel, RIP

July 20

I was shocked to learn recently that Florida State University law professor Dan Markel died on Saturday, after being shot in his home, possibly by an intruder. Dan was an outstanding criminal law scholar, a good friend, and a devoted father. He will be missed by many.

This announcement by Florida State has a of the details of what happened, though the crime is still under investigation by local police. Hopefully, the killer will soon be caught and properly punished.

The bloggers at Prawfsblawg, to which Dan was a longtime distinguished contributor, have posted a moving statement in his honor. Paul Caron of Taxprof Blog has other related links, primarily from legal scholars and bloggers.

Perhaps at an appropriate time we will post something about Dan’s important contributions to scholarship and the legal blogosphere. For now, I would like to extend my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

UPDATE: In the original version of this post, I suggested that Dan’s death occurred as a result of a home invasion. I think this is a plausible interpretation of the very limited information publicly available so far. But I realize that I am in no position to rule out other possibilities, and should have been more careful in the wording of the post. I apologize for any confusion this might have created.

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. He is the author of "The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain" (forthcoming) and "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter."
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