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Kevin
Full-time attorney, part-time . . . something.
Interests: bike riding, writing, litigating, conjugating, arguing about useless trivia, trans-atlantic rowing (solo), trans-atlantic rowing (as part of human pyramid), nude civil-war reenacting, team cite-checking (european summer league).
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Look, I think airport-security concerns are way overblown, I generally support the right to bear arms, and I'm also a big fan of brain scientists. But that does not mean I think it's okay for a brain scientist to wave... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Lowering the Bar
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The King County medical examiner's office said last week that although it had received three other sets of human bones, it still did not have an answer to its original question of who donated three human skulls to a Goodwill... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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Well, this is probably about as relaxed as a standoff can get and still be called a "standoff": As you may recall, earlier this month another miscreant's path to jail led through a pond, although in that case the evidence... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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I will appear for a few minutes tonight (Thursday) on the John Stossel show to talk about some ridiculous laws. The show was taped last week and is on tonight at 9 pm Eastern (and various other times depending on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Lowering the Bar
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The application calls it "Seating Device Comprising a Forward-Foldable Backrest," but I like my name better. The inventor describes the alleged motivation thusly (my annotations below): [T]o increase the number of cabin seats [and thus profit], the space allotted to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lowering the Bar
"I just shut my eyes," said Anthony Oliveri, who barely survived being run over last week, "and said, 'If this is the way that God wants to do it then I guess that this is the way we're going to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
One can agree with many of the entries on this list of people who University of Oregon cops believed should "eat a bowl of [male genitalia]", and still feel that they should not have spent most of their time discussing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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The Sun-Times reports today that the Chicago Cubs are suing five people who have allegedly been posing as a Cubs mascot near Wrigley Field, engaging in "mascot-like activities" and trying to charge people for photos. They take turns doing this—I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Looks like it's Clown Week here at Lowering the Bar, with one post about Insane Clown Posse and now two about the Transportation Security Clown Posse Administration. (No offense meant to ICP.) According to KPIX-CBS, a 53-year-old man was arrested... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
This happened in February ("I Don't Think We Accept These," Says TSA Agent, Peering at D.C. License") and apparently it just happened again: When {Justin Gray, WFTV News] handed the man his driver's license the agent demanded to see Gray's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
"Flat-out ridiculous and un-American bullshit" is probably the lead quote from Insane Clown Posse's press conference about the June 30 decision dismissing its lawsuit against the FBI for classifying its fans as a "gang" (Washington Post). Violent J wasn't talking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Fewer posts here last week than usual because I was guest-posting over at The Volokh Conspiracy (hosted these days by the Washington Post.) At Prof. Volokh's request I was writing posts based on my book, not that I need a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
The Washington Post calls this "a unique approach to collecting evidence," and I guess that's one way to put it. The approach is to forcibly inject a 17-year-old boy with something that would cause an erection so they can take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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For Day 2 of my Volokh Conspiracy guest-bloggery, I wrote about the Guano Islands Act and some other old laws that are still on the books in various jurisdictions, often for no good reason. If you are still 1,100 words... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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He is only the latest in a very long line of individuals who cannot understand that filing a lawsuit will not reduce the mockery level. The Smoking Gun has a copy of the poorly written complaint (which seeks $10 million... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Professor Eugene Volokh (UCLA) kindly asked me if I'd like to guest-blog at The Volokh Conspiracy, which these days is hosted by the Washington Post. I said I would, and so I am. All this week, in fact. Oddly enough,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Another interesting case has been filed in Louisiana, according to this all-too-brief Courthouse News summary (thanks, Andy): Twyla M_____ v. Century Surety Company; Rushabh Inc. dba Rush Express, 6/20/2014, 2014-12824 G (St. Tammany Parish District Court, Covington) Negligence action. While... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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How about on a whiteboard that you're planning to stand in front of while being interviewed by CNN? The LAPD is keeping tabs on drivers with automatic license-plate readers, and keeping all the information on citizens' movements (among other things)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Following up on yesterday's post about the burglar who felt the need to check Facebook on his victim's computer, but not to log out, here are a couple more such incidents. (Thanks, "Dancing Taco.") This 2009 report mentions a burglar... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Seriously? You couldn't wait to check Facebook until after you left the place you were burglarizing? Rhetorical question. He couldn't. I was just looking through previous posts that include the word "Facebook" and wow, it doesn't appear to have ever... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Hey, I get it—sometimes when you win and you think the other side's position was bogus, it's hard not to get all smug and self-righteous. But you really should try. Not trying very hard—well, not trying at all—cost the State... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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According to this report in the Kansas City Star (thanks, Steve), witnesses saw the man break into the Kansas City Costume Co. yesterday at about 8:45 p.m., remove the big yellow bird costume and then walk down the street to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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Sure! Why wouldn't it be? All you need in order to have a binding contract is a mutual agreement by which each party agrees to do something in exchange for some consideration. (An example from Ohio.) Generally they don't have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
Something seems very wrong here, because the report is that the Supreme Court has unanimously held in Riley v. California (NYT, SCOTUSblog, opinion) that the police need to get a warrant before rummaging through the cellphone of someone they've arrested.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Lowering the Bar
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My first thought was, "wow, the human race really is not evolving at all," and then I thought, "you know, it's laws like these that are partly to blame for that." Back in the day, of course, human beings who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Lowering the Bar