August 29, 2002
On the media and the Westerfield trial

I've been asked by several people what I think about San Diego Union-Tribune photographer Dan Trevan getting banned from the courtroom for taking a picture of Damon and Brenda van Dam as the guilty verdicts were announced in the case last week. Superior Court Judge William Mudd said photographer Dan Trevan violated judicial restrictions by […]

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August 21, 2002
And I thought McCain-Feingold was bad

But the federal statute is amateur hour when compared to Vermont's Act 64. Both The Wall Street Journal and National Review address the absurdity of the law -- and the fact that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it Constitutional. From the Journal: This law doesn't just limit speech. It also creates a […]

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August 1, 2002
Political asylum in the U.S. of A

In Wednesday's, Claudia Rosett recounts the tale of Chinese dissident Zhang Shengli. Zhang (the Chinese have their surnames first) isn't famous -- or at least he wasn't until Ms. Rosett's piece -- but he's certainly someone who deserves a place in the United States. Zhang has a history. But 20 years ago he did […]

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July 24, 2002
Saved by the courts

Last month I mentioned that California Gov. Gray Davis had made a little mistake when it came to submitting to arbitration with some lawyers who had sued the state over its illegal "Smog Impact Fee" assessed on people who registered vehicles from out of state in California. Well, the courts have saved him -- and […]

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July 9, 2002
At least they're consistent

Thanks to Instapundit for pointing out this article by Julie Hilden over at on the Bush v. Gore case that decided the 2000 presidential election. Hilden illustrates that the justices' 5-4 decision in favor of Bush was not based on politics, but on solid, consistent legal reasoning. Recall that in Bush v. Gore, the […]

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February 25, 2002
If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck...

The following exchange occurred on Sunday's "Meet the Press" on NBC between Kansas GOP Senator Sam Brownback and California's own Sen. Dianne Feinstein. SEN. BROWNBACK: And I would hope we wouldn't have litmus tests on judges. It used to be that, OK, Ronald Reagan was accused of a litmus test on judge. We shouldn't have […]

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