Legislatures at Work

Tenth Circuit Forced to Diagram Congressional Sentence

"Few statutes have proven as enigmatic as 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)," says the Tenth Circuit to kick off its opinion in United States v. Rentz. Hard to see what it's complaining about: (c) (1) (A) Except to the extent that a…


Pet Piercing Will Soon Be Illegal in New York

At first I hesitated to post this, out of concern that it might prompt people to run out and get their pets pierced while they still can. But then I decided that anybody who would do that probably has either…


Texas Bill Would Ban “Affluenza” Defense

If you committed a crime in Texas and are planning to ask for leniency because you were raised in a wealthy and privileged household, you might want to hurry. This is assuming you actually need to ask, which in most…


House Unanimously Agrees Nazis Are Bad

Surprisingly, not a single representative voted against H.R. 5739, the "No Social Security for Nazis Act," which passed the House 420-0 yesterday. Fourteen representatives did not vote on the measure, but probably only because their short bus got stuck in…


Montana’s Roadkill-Harvest Law Getting Lots of Use

The Billings Gazette reported last week that more than 800 roadkill-eating licenses—sorry, I mean "vehicle-killed wildlife salvage permits"—have been issued during the first year of availability. Most of the wildlife salvaged were whitetail deer, but 33 lucky drivers bagged themselves a…




Fish Waved in Parliament

The parliament was Italy's, and the fish was reportedly a sea bass:   If you want to know why he was waving it, here's the story, but I really think this is one where the waving of the fish (which…


That’s an Omnibus Act All Right

When I was researching South Carolina law for purposes of these posts about the video-rental case, I came across this act and thought, you know, the title of that thing could use a little editing: AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE…


Rubber-Duck-Race Bill Expected to Pass in Wisconsin

Well, thanks to the Wisconsin Department of Justice's decision last year to crack down on rubber-duck racing in the village of Mishicot, having concluded said event amounted to illegal gambling, the Wisconsin legislature has had to intervene. The state constitution prohibits…