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Undermining Civil Liberties For A Futile Policy

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On January 18, 2009
As part of a comprehensive look at the costs of the War On (Some Classes of People Who Use Some) Drugs, Radley Balko notes that it’s where civil liberties go to die: “The Fourth Amendment has been virtually repealed by court decisions,” Yale law professor Steven Duke told Wired magazine in 2000, “most of which […]

Are "drugs" "bad?"

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On November 12, 2008

Some of the comments made to Rob’s post on the devastating effects the U.S. drug war has on Mexico and other nations take the view that (simplifying somewhat) yes, “drugs” produce a

The International Consequences of Prohibition

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On November 12, 2008
The people of the United States like cocaine and heroin. Consequently, entrepreneurs in Latin America produce cocaine and heroin. However, the government of the United States has determined that the people of the United States should be prohibited from using cocaine and heroin. In spite of this prohibition, Latin American entrepreneurs continue to deliver product […]

The New Professionalism

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On August 6, 2008

In the course of refusing to exclude evidence obtained through an illegal no-knock search in Hudson v. Michigan, Justice Scalia applied that the rule was obsolete: Another development over the past ha

The King of Nothing

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On August 6, 2008

A couple commenters here (and I’ve heard this elsewhere) compared Mark McGwire to Dave Kingman. This really couldn’t be more absurd. Let’s start with their lifetime OBPs: Kingman: .3

Bush Idiocy of the Day

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On February 23, 2008

I sometimes wonder if President Bush brushes his teeth without thinking idiotic ideological thoughts (I’m going to go with no). Today’s example? Bush is seeking to reinstate the Washington

Giving an Inch, but not a Mile

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On December 20, 2007
So, I’m late to the Liptak love this week. I blame it on…whatever. It’s time. Only 2 days late. This week, Liptak joins the crack/cocaine sentencing fray with a column noting how little the Supreme Court’s big holdings in Kimbrough and Gall last week will actually mean. Liptak rightly points out that, without Congressional action, […]

Sentencing Round-Up

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On December 10, 2007

Scott covered the important points in his post about the Supreme Court’s decision today in Gall and Kimbrough. Boiled down, the Court in these cases says that it meant what it said in Booker: th

Fighting the Bad Fight

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On December 4, 2007

We’ve all got to just face facts: we have lost the drug war. In a lengthy article in Rolling Stone, Ben Wallace-Wells tells us why. In short, after Escobar was killed, the US took its eyes off t

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