January 2009

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Court Rejects Unabomber’s Request to Get Unabombing Stuff Back

Good news — convicted "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, now serving a life term for murder, will not be getting back any of the unabomb-making materials that the FBI seized from his cabin in 1996. Kaczynski's cabin. Defense experts argued that Kacyznski's skewed worldview was…


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Man Cited for “Riding White Horse in a Snowstorm”

I put that in quotes only because it sounded to me like some kind of drug-related slang term, but in fact it was exactly what it describes. Police in Cody, Wyoming, said they cited a 28-year-old man on Sunday for public…


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Blagojevich Out

The vote was unanimous. Link: Chicago Tribune


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Ladies and Gentlemen, Rod Blagojevich Has Left the Building

And now, the end is near;And so I face the final curtain.My friend, I'll say it clear,I'll state my case, of which I'm certain. I've made my wallet fullBy selling each and every highway;But more, much more than this,I did…


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Blagojevich Now Giving “Closing Argument”

Having refused to show up at what he called an unfair "kangaroo court," making the rounds of talk shows instead, soon-to-be-former Governor Rod Blagojevich said on Wednesday that he had decided he would make an appearance at his own impeachment…




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One More View on the Oath of Office

On FindLaw.com today, law professor Michael Dorf weighs in on the oath-of-office controversy.  I was pleased to see that he reached pretty much the same conclusions as I did: that because of the Twentieth Amendment, the oath wasn't necessary to…


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Sarcasm Not Helpful to Arrestee

Here's a story that reminds us that if you're clearly going to get arrested anyway, you might as well lighten the mood a little with some good quips.  This has to be done very carefully to be effective, however, and…


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I Do Solemnly Swear That I Have Heard Enough About the Oath

Just when you think American political discourse can't get any more trivial, and I often do, then it does.  Get more trivial.  You know what I mean. As you all likely know by now, President Obama took the oath of…