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  • Plainfield Man Charged With Impersonating Police Officer

    01/31/2015 7:18:55 AM PST · 17 of 19
    WL-law to WhiskeyX
    To commit the crime of impersonating, I would think he would have to perform some act in furtherance, ie attempt to pull somebody over.
    Just owning and driving the car presents an interesting case.

    Foe example, you could buy and drive a dark gray Crown Victoria and have a searchlight mounted on the driver door.

    It wouldn't have any police markings, but 100% of the people you pulled up behind would think you were an unmarked police cruiser.

    You could even wear a hat that would look something like a state police hat, something purchased in an ordinary store.

    I posit that you would not be actually breaking the law, but you would be affecting other drivers’ behavior.

  • TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

    01/25/2015 5:35:18 PM PST · 6 of 15
    WL-law to 9thLife

    His interview with NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino was classic.

  • Teen ‘sex slave’ diary: Epstein didn’t want ‘black girls’

    01/17/2015 12:50:19 PM PST · 39 of 55
    WL-law to george76

    I know Epstein’s an admitted sex creep, but I don’t believe every word this girl says - not yet anyway.

    Epstein may be the exception, but it seems the world is awash in false molestation claims, where the sheer numbers are argued to be some sort of self-proof as to each individual claim.

    It’s the UVA frats, it’s at MIT, Columbia, Washington and Lee... new stories every day.

    Those who can recall the day-care center sex-assault hysteria that took over the country have seen a variant of this before, but may not make the connection.

    I cringe at the thought that good young men entering college next year are walking into a blizzard of feminist indoctrination, assaulted by some argument about ‘inherent white male privilege’, fearing of saying the wrong thing or thinking the wrong thing.

  • Immigration Adds A City A Year To Britain’s Population [The Slow Death of The West?]

    01/16/2015 6:53:27 AM PST · 11 of 20
    WL-law to Steelfish

    Sub-replacement fertility

    Sub-replacement fertility is a total fertility rate (TFR) that (if sustained) leads to each new generation being less populous than the previous one in a given area. In developed countries sub-replacement fertility is any rate below approximately 2.1 children born per woman...
    Replacement level fertility in terms of the net reproduction rate (NRR) is exactly one, because the NRR takes both mortality rates and sex ratios at birth into account.

    As of 2010, about 48% of the world population lives in nations with sub-replacement fertility. Nonetheless most of these countries still have growing populations due to immigration, population momentum and increase of the life expectancy. This includes most nations of Europe, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Iran, Tunisia, China, and many others. The countries or areas that have the lowest fertility are Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Ukraine and Lithuania. Only a few countries have low enough or sustained sub-replacement fertility (sometimes combined with other population factors like emigration) to have population decline, such as Japan, Germany, Lithuania, and Ukraine.

    Quick look on the web states the British replacement rate is at 1.9

  • Immigration Adds A City A Year To Britain’s Population [The Slow Death of The West?]

    01/16/2015 6:24:38 AM PST · 10 of 20
    WL-law to the scotsman
    I also think the article is misleading in that it is comparing the net value of immigration vrs emigration, and implying that the net value is equivalent to British population growth.

    That would be true if the population level was otherwise stable. But isn't it the case that the British population growth, absent immigration, is net negative (like most all of the EU, ie Italy)?

    If so, the statement that the UK is “adding a city a year” is misleading.

  • Going au naturel (Hint: Alan Dershowitz and nude sunbathing, Martha's Vineyard!)

    01/07/2015 9:51:29 PM PST · 1 of 17
    Found this story googling "Dershowitz" and "nude". I was curious to see what I'd find because, many years ago, a friend told me in passing about an experience with Mr. Dershowitz at this very same beach, the nude beach at Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard.

    I no longer recall the specific details except the story involved Alan being one blanket away from them, and in the story Alan was boorish and annoying (perhaps the cell phone calls?) and ... apparently a nudist! (I presume Alan reviewed and OK'ed the article by his friend at the time, in any event.)

    And now finding this article appears to confirm my recollection, for what it's worth. It's one of those funny things you mentally file away never to be retrieved, except it came immediately to mind when the Epstein story broke.

  • Student claims he was expelled from W&L for consensual sex

    12/29/2014 8:04:00 PM PST · 18 of 41
    WL-law to WL-law

    By the way, Jackie at UVA invented and fabricated her rapist and the rape drama all out of thin air.

    While in one sense Jackie’s “lie” was a bigger lie, at least it had the benevolent effect that she didn’t use it to destroy a fellow student’s life.

    Here, the easier lie that turns “regret” into rape (because it requires one step of fabrication) does fat more damage at the personal level, as it destroys a young man’s future.

    Washington and Lee is charging $60K/yr for tuition/room + board. That tuition includes paying for the sex misconduct feminists who just may ruin your family forever. Hardly sounds like a good investment.

  • Student claims he was expelled from W&L for consensual sex

    12/29/2014 7:50:47 PM PST · 12 of 41
    WL-law to WL-law

    Here’s a related article from the blog “Legal Insurrection”:

    A story of rape is a story of power, degradation, and disrespect. It’s the kind of story that makes you want—no, need—to shower with a lye bar and Brillo pad after you’ve heard it.

    A story that ends with, “and it was pretty much rape” has the same effect on me, but for a completely different reason.

    We have another he-said-she-said nightmare hitting the news out of Virginia. A John Doe and former Washington & Lee student has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the university expelled and discriminated against him in order to avoid negative attention, and that W&L Title IX officer Lauren Kozak routinely counsels female students that “regret equals rape.”

    Here we go again. Same song, different verse:

    “John Doe claims that twice, he had consensual sex with a student identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe. The first encounter occurred in his room at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house where they went after an off-campus party on Feb. 8. Both had been drinking, he said.
    He claims they sat on chairs in his room and talked for about an hour. He said Jane Doe then said that while she doesn’t usually have sex with a man when she first meets him, she found him very interesting. He said she moved toward him, initiated kissing, took off her clothes except for her underwear and got into bed with him. He said at no point did she say she did not want to have sex.
    He claims she spent the night, that he contacted her later through Facebook and that they had sex again in early March. He said she told her friends she had a good time. But at a Pi Kappa Phi St. Patrick’s Day party a few weeks later, Jane Doe left when she saw him kissing another woman, who is now his girlfriend...”

    Well, haven’t we all been there.

    “It wasn’t until July that Jane Doe told a friend that she was sexually assaulted, the lawsuit claims. Then in October, Jane Doe, as a member of a student organization against sexual assault called SPEAK, attended a presentation by W&L Title IX officer Lauren Kozak. According to the lawsuit, Kozak shared an article, “Is it possible that there is something in between consensual sex and rape … and that it happens to almost every girl out there?”

    Ah. Shot and chaser.

    Here’s a snippet from the article Kozak allegedly shared, from the indefatigably bro “Total Sorority Move”:

    “I woke up with an “oh shit” feeling that quickly turned into an “oh well.” I didn’t really feel I’d been violated, though part of me knew I had. I wasn’t mad. I wasn’t hurt. I didn’t want vengeance. I didn’t even feel weird around him soon after. I didn’t feel much of anything. I certainly didn’t feel like I’d been raped. But what had happened the night prior was not consensual sex, and I didn’t like it. I wanted the flirting. I wanted the kissing. I wanted the sleepover. But I didn’t want to go all the way. And that’s very hard to explain to a man who is just as drunk as you are.
    There is not a word for my experience. The fact that there’s not a word for it makes us feel like it doesn’t exist. Or maybe there’s not a word for it because we’re pretending it doesn’t exist. But this weird place in between consensual sex and rape? It’s there. It does exist. And it’s happening all the time. As it turns out, almost every woman I spoke to had been there at some point or another… “

    “Oh shit”? Sure enough. “Oh well”? That comes later, followed closely by the return of self-respect. Rape? Not even close. There’s not a single word that indicates that the writer even gave a hint that she didn’t want to have sex with this man, and now he’s the subject of a popular article allegedly being used as an example of what a near-rapist looks like.

    Rapist. Monster. Criminal.

    The W&L President’s Office released a blog post soon after the UVA Rolling Stone article first broke. In part (emphasis mine):

    “Here at Washington and Lee, we have spoken in the past about rape and sexual misconduct. We have carefully and continually examined and refined our processes and procedures for dealing with cases and for educating students to prevent such intolerable behavior from occurring. We have asserted our community’s values and stressed how disrespect for others for any reason is simply not acceptable.

    These most recent discussions serve to remind us that we must always be willing to ask the hard questions and continually examine our approaches.

    But we can never say this enough: Mistreatment of others is wrong by any standard of our society, by any standard of right or wrong. It is especially wrong in this community, where we — rightly — insist on developing within our students the moral obligation to treat others with respect at all times and under all conditions; where we demand that members of our community never stand idly by when we see others violate those values. It is wrong anywhere. It is especially wrong at this university.”

    The problem is that we’ve misplaced our standard of right and wrong. It’s wrong to hold other people responsible ex post facto for the choices we make. It’s wrong to paint them as rapists when there has been no rape. And most importantly, it’s wrong to attempt to manipulate women into believing they have no power over their own sexuality.

    Rape is a serious accusation that deserves serious attention, not navel-gazing articles about how grossed out you need to be about last night’s mistake to be able to blame him for your poor choices:

    “We don’t feel entirely violated. It doesn’t affect us forever. We just feel like we got the short end of the stick, and that sometimes, we have to do something we don’t want to do, out of politeness or social obligation. So why bring it up? Why risk wrongfully tagging a guy with a serious, heavy label he doesn’t deserve? And more importantly, why risk being wrongfully tagged as “the girl who cried rape,” when we’re not trying to say it was rape at all? We’re saying we don’t know what it was. We just didn’t like it. But by refusing to acknowledge the existence of these rape-ish situations, we’re continuing to subject ourselves to them indefinitely.”


    The words we use to describe things like rape, or uncomfortable touching, or even regrettable sex have the power to shape the lives and futures of other human beings, and it’s time for a little more precision.

    Like I said, rape is a serious accusation, and I hope that the people at Washington & Lee give both John and Jane Doe the time and attention that the situation deserves; but if more information comes out about official resources being used to blur the line between consent and criminal sexual assault, I can’t say I’ll be shocked.

    This is a serious allegation, and if it’s true, W&L will have more to answer for than yet another flawed student misconduct hearing system.

  • Student claims he was expelled from W&L for consensual sex

    12/29/2014 7:31:55 PM PST · 1 of 41
    Just discovered this article. This is "the sound of the other shoe dropping" in the wake of UVA, "Jackie", and the campus feminist doctrine-fueled hysteria, and here it's all rolled up into a star-chamber attack on male undergrads, wrecking lives in its wake. And - it now (and in all earnestness with no irony intended) has a new logo: "regret equals rape". !?!
  • U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of attack

    12/11/2014 12:22:59 PM PST · 43 of 43
    WL-law to messierhunter

    “The Rolling Stone article also said that Randall declined to be interviewed, “citing his loyalty to his own frat.” He told The Post that he was never contacted by Rolling Stone and would have agreed to an interview.”

    I suspect Rolling Stone thought they contacted “Randall” via text or email, but was in fact was communicating with an account controlled by Jackie.

    Either that or Rolling Stone was flat-out lying.

  • U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of attack

    12/10/2014 9:54:07 PM PST · 25 of 43
    WL-law to abb

    So let’s get this straight:

    Jackie has a crush on Randall, who just wants to be a friend and had previously “spurned” Jackie’s sexual advances. So Jackie tells “just friends” Randall and 2 other friends that a handsome junior upperclassman is interested in her.

    She encourages her friends to text with this stranger, on Jackie’s behalf.

    Turns out this upperclassman does not actually exist and Jackie, secretly, is impersonating the upperclassman texting back, and also supplying a photograph ostensibly of the upperclassman but who is really an athlete from Jackie’s high School.

    All of this elaborate ruse is intended to make Randall jealous, to try to kindle some romantic interest.

    When Jackie doesn’t get the result she wants from Randall, she ups the ante. She makes up that she has a date with the upperclassman, then comes back with a rape story. Note, the rape story she told then was different in the # of people, and the type of sex involved, than the one she later told Rolling Stone. Jackie gave a different name for the upperclassman to Randall and the other friends, and so the rapist at this point was not named “Drew”.

    Then AFTER the rape, the mysterious upperclassman (really Jackie) reached out and texted to Randall that Jackie was ‘interested” in Randall. Note, this is ‘after’ the night of the supposed rape!

    Jackie’s friends suspected Jackie’s game at this point and researched on their own to discover that this “upperclassman” didn’t actually exist, nobody fitting that name at the school.


  • Doctor recovers from Ebola, leaves NYC hospital

    11/11/2014 11:56:08 AM PST · 12 of 16
    WL-law to Oliviaforever

    Remember, the doc lied repeatedly to authorities about his travels around NYC, they only found out about the subway/restaurant/bowling alley when they cross-checked his story against his credit card records.

    So I really don’t think he should be offering his opinion about Ebola or anything, and should say “thank you” and I’m sorry I was such a self-involved idiot”.

  • The 600 Smartest Colleges In America

    10/22/2014 10:13:45 AM PDT · 17 of 19
    WL-law to Pharmboy
    Notre Dame is 11th? Ahead of Duke/Tufts/Swarthmore/Williams? Something seems incorrect there.
  • Jumbo squids attack Greenpeace submarine

    10/14/2014 1:33:25 PM PDT · 4 of 53
    WL-law to Beowulf9

    What’s Greenpeace doing with e submarine?

  • Key Question: How Did Dallas Worker Contract Ebola?

    10/13/2014 8:33:47 AM PDT · 26 of 85
    WL-law to Rockitz

    So — the CDC director was “arguing from ignorance” when he said that there was a breach of procedure.

    He doesn’t know that there was a breach of protocols, he’s just inferring “there must have been”, and inferring incorrectly because he doesn’t know what the real route of the nurse’s infection.

    And so the CDC director blames the nurse, in effect, and in so doing also lies to the American people, by implying that he “knows” that the protocols are adequate and any infection must have been caused by not following them.

    Tell me, on that basis, why a nurse would wish to risk her life by performing the nursing services she did supply?
    By the way, did the nurse volunteer? Or was she directed by her superiors to perform the risky services?

  • U.S. Airways attendant refuses to let veteran hang up his medal-filled jacket to stop it creasing -

    10/11/2014 8:55:42 AM PDT · 159 of 170
    WL-law to Michael.SF.

    ” someone who flies 100,000 miles a year the same as a 28 year old on a first flight with a one way ticket. I don’t think so. “

    You missed my point though, as I probably wasn’t clear.

    The expedited security check-in line I’m objecting to is offered to first-class ticket holders — I’m not talking about travelers who have applied and qualified for accelerated security check-in.

    In other words, the airlines are being permitted to offer, as a first-class perk, that you get into a faster line for security screening (first-class only). That has nothing to do with the # of times you fly, its about how much you pay the airlines.

    The security screening process should apply equally to ticket holders no matter what they pay for the ticket (excluding those who have passed special screening as I stated above).

  • U.S. Airways attendant refuses to let veteran hang up his medal-filled jacket to stop it creasing -

    10/11/2014 7:07:40 AM PDT · 138 of 170
    WL-law to driftdiver

    “Because they pay more.”

    You (and others) didn’t get my point.

    The screening is performed by TSA, not the airlines. But TSA allows the airlines to set up special lines for its first-class passengers - except that TSA should treat everybody equally, ie as citizens.

    You don’t see the distinction?

  • U.S. Airways attendant refuses to let veteran hang up his medal-filled jacket to stop it creasing -

    10/10/2014 11:05:00 PM PDT · 5 of 170
    WL-law to Kackikat

    A related pet peeve regarding 1st Class:
    why do the airports permit the airlines to set up special a expedited security line for first-class ticket holders?

  • Tom Waits - Lucinda...[video 5 min]

    09/27/2014 7:32:05 PM PDT · 19 of 47
    WL-law to llevrok

    “Maybe the same tour. Saw him a Leon Redbone at the Beacon in NYC. I was, in the literal sense, entertained by both.”

    Yes, Leon Redbone was the opening act at the Harvard Sq show.

  • Tom Waits - Lucinda...[video 5 min]

    09/27/2014 7:29:24 PM PDT · 18 of 47
    WL-law to ClearCase_guy

    “I saw him back in 1979 in an old movie theater in Cambridge MA. Quite a performer.”

    I was there at that show! Next door to the Harvard Coop.

  • New York Times: Demonizing Sgt. Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 7:00:14 AM PDT · 47 of 90
    WL-law to Gaffer

    Your own post has McCain saying: “I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them [NOTE - and that was the case] I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.”

    So Obama considered, with McCain’s blessing.

    One can condemn Obama’s actions without being required to back McCain’s statements. I condemn Obama AND McCain on this matter.

  • New York Times: Demonizing Sgt. Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 6:49:20 AM PDT · 39 of 90
    WL-law to Tennessee Nana; Gaffer
    Really, please stop trying to defend the megalo-maniacal McCain or justify his grandstanding statements.

    I wish McCain would just go away permanently, but he insists on injecting himself into the middle of otherwise-important issues like this one.

    My advice is to ignore the NYTime’s invocations of McCain's statements; McCain has nothing to do with the real story or the merits of the Repub’s challenge.

    McCain is a permanent embarrassment to the party. Have we fixed the problem yet with the Repub primary rules, where Dems can cross over in New Hampshire and tip the scales? That was a disaster.

  • The Vaunted 'Competence' Of Barack Obama

    05/26/2014 7:51:30 AM PDT · 18 of 23
    WL-law to Kaslin

    “It wasn’t a winning argument. Dukakis had run as the architect of the so-called “Massachusetts Miracle,” the state’s mid-1980s economic boom. But the miracle was turning into a fiscal meltdown, and as it did Dukakis’s once-commanding lead went down the drain. On Election Day, he lost to George H. W. Bush in a 40-state landslide.”

    I don’t disagree with the take on Obama here, but the historical analogy linking in Dukakis seems wrong on the facts, in that the collapse of the “Massachusetts Miracle” didn’t happen, as I recall, until (shortly) after the presidential election, when the smoke and mirrors were revealed.

  • FLASH➙ Good Morning America Kills James O’Keefe Segment on Hollywood Sting

    05/22/2014 12:44:36 PM PDT · 19 of 19
    WL-law to justlurking

    “The legal reason: California is a 2-party recording state. All parties have to consent to recording. ABC could become liable for distributing it further.”

    The statute is about evesdropping, not precisely aimed at a conversation where a participant is doing the recording , although its been interpreted that way by the courts.

    I did see that there is a limitation, that if you’re recording someone without their knowledge in a public or semi-public place like a street or restaurant, the person whom you’re recording may or may not have “an objectively reasonable expectation that no one is listening in or overhearing the conversation,” and the reasonableness of the expectation would depend on the particular factual circumstances.

    So - O’Keefe has an argument that the restaurant setting nullifies the privacy expectation.

  • Rep. Grimm Charged in 20-Count Indictment

    04/28/2014 9:09:07 AM PDT · 10 of 16
    WL-law to GIdget2004

    Thanks, and I did find some more info.

    This is of interest:

    “While Grimm’s attorney has proclaimed the lawmaker’s innocence, the charges and the investigation have provided an opening for his Democratic opponent, former New York City councilman Domenic Recchia, who barnstormed the congressional district over the weekend.

    Recchia has tried to keep the campaign focused on kitchen-table issues, but he took indirect swipes at the congressman’s legal problems. “It’s very troubling what has transpired,” he said, suggesting that the criminal case will make it harder for Grimm to serve his constituents. “They want someone who is going to focus on them 100 percent.”

    Despite Grimm’s legal predicament, Republicans are probably stuck with the embattled congressman on the ballot because the filing deadline for candidates passed two weeks ago. Some New York Republicans are angry about the timing of the charges, fearful that the case could get worse and leave them without a viable candidate in November. Grimm is the only Republican who represents any part of New York City.

    The lawmaker’s attorney, William McGinley, denies that Grimm violated any laws and predicted that he “will be vindicated” when the case is concluded.”


    So the DA waited for the election field to be set, then announces the indictment.

  • Rep. Grimm Charged in 20-Count Indictment

    04/28/2014 8:54:49 AM PDT · 6 of 16
    WL-law to WL-law
  • Rep. Grimm Charged in 20-Count Indictment

    04/28/2014 8:51:29 AM PDT · 5 of 16
    WL-law to GIdget2004

    I’ve yet to read anything that actually says what he allegedly did, i.e., what fraudulent acts he supposedly committed.

    I can only surmise that the prosecutors held a press conference and announced the indictment without providing any facts.

    And reporters dutifully reported.

  • Re-Watching Woody Allen: The newly-chilling themes that you can see throughout his movies

    02/08/2014 7:59:35 PM PST · 24 of 74
    WL-law to Chode

    Youtube — Sleeper — scene where doctors talk about the strange medical beliefs some lefty americans had in the 1960’s — its a classic.

  • Woman trampled by elephants was 'fearless' researcher

    01/25/2014 7:03:32 AM PST · 74 of 81
    WL-law to TalBlack

    This story supports your theory, and it’s something (”musth”) she apparently didn’t pick up on in her biology / animal behavior courses:

    “Colonel Woradet Suanklaai told reporters: ‘’Her arms, her wrists and other parts of the body were broken, so we assumed she was trampled by elephants because no humans could have caused such damage to the body.’’

    The woman was travelling alone after she left a camping ground in the park, the largest in the country.

    Deaths from elephants are rare in Thailand, especially if the cause is wild elephants. One death has been recorded in recent years in Phang Nga, north of Phuket, when a male trekking elephant went on a rampage.

    Male elephants go into ‘’musth’’ each month and can be dangerous, which is why the vast majority of trekking elephants on Phuket are female.”

  • Tom Brady sick, misses Patriots practice (updated)

    01/15/2014 10:54:26 PM PST · 26 of 33
    WL-law to Perdogg

    Watching the last few Pats games, I wondered at the time why teams don’t get sick more often, when they’ve spent 4 hours standing on the sidelines in the driving rain at near-freezing temperatures, and with their uniforms visibly soaked.

    Looks like maybe it caught up with Tom — I hope not.

  • Neil Young Slams Canada's Leaders, Big Oil for 'Killing' First Nation Communities

    01/13/2014 8:39:28 PM PST · 88 of 94
    WL-law to WL-law

    Oops, didn’t see all the posts on that point ........

  • Neil Young Slams Canada's Leaders, Big Oil for 'Killing' First Nation Communities

    01/13/2014 8:34:11 PM PST · 87 of 94
    WL-law to Zeneta

    “Mr. Young’s guitar stings come from OIL.”

    Not to be picky, but — I don’t think that part of your statement is correct. He doesn’t use nylon strings (I’ve only ever heard steel wound strings) on his acoustic, and of course any electric guitar needs steel strings.

  • Dershowitz: Christie Could Face Criminal Prosecution for Bridge-gate

    01/11/2014 7:48:04 AM PST · 48 of 50
    WL-law to CharlesWayneCT

    see my post 45. I agree, jury is still out on Christie until more facts emerge.

  • The Road Not Taken

    01/10/2014 9:33:59 PM PST · 40 of 47
    WL-law to

    How about Wallace Stevens?

    The Snowman

    One must have a mind of winter
    To regard the frost and the boughs
    Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

    And have been cold a long time
    To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
    The spruces rough in the distant glitter

    Of the January sun; and not to think
    Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
    In the sound of a few leaves,

    Which is the sound of the land
    Full of the same wind
    That is blowing in the same bare place

    For the listener, who listens in the snow,
    And, nothing himself, beholds
    Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

  • Dershowitz: Christie Could Face Criminal Prosecution for Bridge-gate

    01/10/2014 3:35:30 PM PST · 45 of 50
    WL-law to WL-law

    For clarity, per my earlier post, I’m talking about (at this point) the people under Christie who ordered the shut-down have potential criminal liability.

    I know Dersch is taking it a step further and saying Christie could also be prosecuted. I don’t buy that until there is proof that he directed their actions — I will accept his position for now that he did not.

  • Dershowitz: Christie Could Face Criminal Prosecution for Bridge-gate

    01/10/2014 3:28:53 PM PST · 44 of 50
    WL-law to CharlesWayneCT

    “So every time someone shuts down a lane of traffic, you can get prosecuted for “willful negligence” if someone ends up being hurt by it and they can show you could have avoided shutting down the lane?”
    “I’ve seen accidents caused by lane closures that clearly could have been scheduled for other hours. Are all those accidents the result of “willful negligence” that could be prosecuted?”

    No, the difference here is the admission, on e-mail, that the intent was to harm people, and that that was the sole intent. Its the “means rea” required for a criminal charge.
    So long as your intend is to hurt people (even if you say “just a little”), then you’re criminally responsible if one person gets hurt alot (ie, dies).

  • Dershowitz: Christie Could Face Criminal Prosecution for Bridge-gate

    01/10/2014 3:23:19 PM PST · 43 of 50
    WL-law to Titus-Maximus

    Dersch is correct, and the posters here who fail to see that just don’t see the legal nuance here.

    The difference here was this was not mere incompetence, it was recklessness. Recklessness is sufficient to make out criminal intent.

    Based on the facts, there was no gray area here where the perps could make out a claim that they were using business judgment. They left an email trail that made it clear that their intent was to punish an entire population of people to hurt a political opponent.

    So — the victim (you need one as a necessary element of the crime, of course) would be any citizen who was hurt, or killed, in a way that can tied causally to the traffic problem.

    Its the classic case to describe recklessness — if you (without any other defense) fire a gun into a crowded room and someone is hit and dies, you have the criminal intent sufficient for homicide even if you didn’t specifically intend to kill the specific victim.

    Now I’m not recommending any of this, it’s just that Dersch is correct that a line has been crossed here, under the facts.

  • J.P. Morgan to pay $2 billion over Madoff case

    01/08/2014 7:05:59 AM PST · 15 of 18
    WL-law to chessplayer

    “Thanks. I was unaware stockholders don’t have to pay taxes.”

    Error is that (in the abstract) while all stockholders are taxpayers, not all taxpayers are stockholders.

    Further, stockholders have the ability to hold execs responsible (again in the abstract). If they fail to do so, the stockholders bear the consequence.

  • J.P. Morgan to pay $2 billion over Madoff case

    01/07/2014 11:35:40 PM PST · 3 of 18
    WL-law to chessplayer

    Stockholders maybe, but not taxpayers. Pay better attention?

  • Hercules Slams California Tax Proposal -- Kevin Sorbo: "Fine you for moving to another state!!"

    12/29/2013 11:51:49 AM PST · 52 of 55
    WL-law to SeekAndFind

    Would seem to violate the Privileges and Immunities clause of the Constitution...

  • Climate a bright spot in China relationship

    12/29/2013 11:46:17 AM PST · 12 of 12
    WL-law to Cincinatus' Wife

    “the U.S. and China have ramped up their environmental cooperation as repeated outbreaks of thick, acrid smog have virtually shut down major Chinese cities and cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars a year.”

    Exactly how does the smog “cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars a year?”

  • WTA May Ban On-court Screaming (Women's Tennis)

    10/29/2013 2:19:39 AM PDT · 13 of 23
    WL-law to WL-law

    Serena got poor treatment from the refs on this very point, in the US Open final she lost in 2011 to Sam Stoser. when Williams shouted to herself and lost a key point.

    Whereas the 2 Russians create the same interference by shouting, on every point they hit.

  • WTA May Ban On-court Screaming (Women's Tennis)

    10/29/2013 2:12:29 AM PDT · 11 of 23
    WL-law to TexGrill

    This statement is false, and shows ignorance on the part of the reporter:

    “The WTA has addressed the issue of excessive grunting after public criticism from players and negative feedback from media and fans. Some of its top players such as Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are among the worst offenders.”

    Serena does NOT grunt in any manner like the other two. Sharapova and Azerenka scream as a conscious affect in a manner unfair to their opponents (IMHO).

  • US murderer confesses just before execution

    10/16/2013 5:29:15 AM PDT · 7 of 19
    WL-law to Oldeconomybuyer

    “After claiming his innocence for over two decades....”

    I wonder if “The Innocence Project” tried, unsuccessfully, to get him freed?

    Surely some law student somewhere spent countless hours listening to him profess his innocence, researching his case, filing briefs and appeals, etc.

    After all, there might have been a footprint that wasn’t Happ’s footprint somewhere in the area. By that logic the Project has freed many, and likely including many that were in truth guilty.

  • Hilltop Steakhouse In Saugus Closing Its Doors

    10/10/2013 9:19:08 AM PDT · 40 of 69
    WL-law to raccoonradio

    As for me, back in the day, I found Durgin Park to be a more memorable and unique experience than Hilltop.

  • Happy Broderick Crawford Day

    10/04/2013 5:14:07 AM PDT · 22 of 30
    WL-law to NonValueAdded

    Here’s an even better song, by the great NRBQ:

  • What's In Chocolate, Cocoa That Might Benefit Brain Health?

    08/08/2013 9:25:34 PM PDT · 22 of 41
    WL-law to Pining_4_TX

    Here’s the scene from Sleeper:

  • Hanky panky in sale of Boston Globe? (Took price cut to deny sale to conservatives, perhaps)

    08/05/2013 6:28:41 AM PDT · 10 of 13
    WL-law to Zakeet

    Boston already has a conservative paper, the Boston Herald, and doing much better than the Globe.

    I can’t see any transformation of the Globe becoming more “balanced” that would bring back the readership they squandered.

    One thing I haven’t seen in the reporting — a side-by-side of the Herald’s business profile over the last 20 years, compared to the Globe’s. It would be instructive.

  • Eighth Filner accuser comes forward

    07/31/2013 5:36:59 AM PDT · 33 of 38
    WL-law to married21; All

    He reminds me of the SNL skit starring Tom Brady, satirizing workplace sexual harassment. It’s perfectly om-point:

  • Viking jewelry unearthed in Denmark

    07/29/2013 6:09:17 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    WL-law to Islander7

    From article, an “explanation” of how a non-Viking jewelry piece was “somehow” included in the Viking hoard - an explanation that perfectly demonstrates politically-correct abject stupidity:

    “A golden Christian mystery”
    “Another mysterious piece of jewelry found at Vestervang depicts a Christian cross and appears to have been created in continental Europe sometime between A.D. 500 and 750, predating the Viking-age farm site.
    “How the artifact arrived at a pre-Christian Viking-age farm site is a mystery. A Christian traveler may have brought it to Vestervang, or a non-Christian person at the site may have acquired it through exchange. The item would have been used as a brooch, and Kastholm said a female of “high rank” perhaps wore it on her dress.
    It “tells us about close relations and networks between Southern Scandinavia and the European continent in late Iron Age, before the time of Christianization,” Kastholm wrote in the email.”

    So - every explanation except the obvious one - it’s as if this was written for a Monty Python sketch.