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Okay, here is a plausible scenario that’s kind of been lurking out there since this COVID thing started.  You may have heard here and there that President Trump disbanded the “pandemic response team”. Apparently such a team was established by the Obama administration – in 2015.  Pretty much a brand new thing. Surprisingly, it was not housed in the CDC or the HHS; it was actually housed in…the NSC!  So the “disbanding”, or whatever you…
We are wary of the term “victim” over here at LoS. Too often, our “best justice system in the world” comes to rest on a conclusion we used to call in the Navy 180 degrees out, and the victim is actually the perpetrator, or vice versa. For some reason this morning we were reminiscing about why this so often happens: deep, system wide professional inadequacy. Perversion, even. Let us revisit an old example. Here…
Is a tidy illustration of the ongoing failure of the courts and the legal profession to properly do their jobs. It’s also – and always was – more than a little ironic to place a law requiring secrecy of stasi police officer records in the chapter dubbed “civil rights law”. One would think this was not in the least complicated, because in fact it is not complicated. There is a constitutional right to confront the…
that comes up after reviewing these numbers is: Has there been a change in the last decade or so? Our BJS statistics date from about 2006, and as we wrote just a few days ago tell an entirely fictional tale where law enforcement in the United States is basically perfect when it comes to committing actionable constitutional violations, because the rate is roughly .25% calculated based on those statistics. From that standpoint, the entirely independent…
Relevant statistics are not kept. Why should we? That would only help the rabble. But sometimes you can put two and two together from different sources. Most of the time it’s not very good information – and that’s true of what we are about to note here – but then again it’s some indication. Better than nothing, we think. So the NYPD has an annual budget considerably north of $900 million, and we’ll just round…
Yes, we should really flesh out the numbers a bit more. It’s hard to convey just how dramatic they are. It’s like they defy description, pointing to a situation that is breathtakingly disingenuous when it isn’t simply incoherent. So the system’s statistical verdict is that actionable constitutional violations occur only .25% of the time in day to day law enforcement. What does that actually mean? If you got a grade in a course you took…
Civil unrest, as in “rioting”, is a breakdown of the rule of law. This is a theme we have returned to a number of times here at LoS. We return to it today for obvious reasons. The officer starring in the viral video – Derek Chauvin – shown with his leg on the neck of George Floyd – killing him – has now been charged with murder. That is to say, in a period…
It’s been almost nine years since Casey Anthony’s “wrongful acquittal”.  The partisans are still so ginned up that when she gets a speeding ticket it’s national news. Why does she still live in Florida?  Or in the United States at all?  She probably doesn’t have the money to move away.  Our advice at the time still holds, though.  Obviously. We did a lot of posting about Ms. Anthony back in the day.  Such as
Well, we wish things had been cleared up a bit by now. But of course we don’t run things at the SCOTUS. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Or even our own life, it often seems. Anyway, as our regular readers (all three of them!) are no doubt aware, we have been following a few cases in the SCOTUS that might, or might not, have something to do with an important issue the SCOTUS should…