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Blame it on the 70s

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On October 10, 2009

This NYT story argues that the American legal system and the culture in general have become far less lenient toward adults having sex with minors since the wild and crazy 1970s. While doing so it soft

Au revoir, les enfants

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On September 30, 2009
This reads like a wingnut parody of degenerate France and degenerate Hollywood engaging in an orgy of amoral pomposity. (As a lawyer I confess ignorance regarding the principle of immunity from legal process for film festival attendees). I can only hope that most of the signatories to this kind of thing aren’t actually familiar with […]

Crime and punishment

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On September 29, 2009

Several commentators in the Polanski thread are apparently taking the view that if a particular exercise of criminal punishment is unlikely to deter crime or rehabilitate the offender, then punishing

Obstruction of justice

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On September 21, 2009
It’s always difficult to figure out what’s going on from news reports regarding a criminal investigation, but this story raises a lot of questions. First, why isn’t Zazi being charged under one of several very broadly-worded federal anti-terrorism statutes? If, as the FBI asserts, Zazi admitted attending courses “at an al-Qaeda training facility in the […]
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