ElspethFlashman tells you what not to do. And why.Read More
Disclaimers and such things: I thought for a good while about writing some thoughts on this issue. I see it as quite thorny and not as black and white as most people present it, irrespective of sides. Of course calling things complex or not black and white is usually a bullshit non-argument. Better said, I am not completely sure where I stand on it. So instead of trying too hard, I just wrote some thoughts to get some feedback as it were… It is not my best writing ever, so keep that in mind.Read More
I sexually identify as a Pokémon. Ever since I was a boy I dreamed of having my name called and hurling through the air to fight against monsters. People say to me that being a pocket monster is impossible and I’m some sort of deviant for thinking I could be. But I don’t care, I’m beautiful. I’m having a plastic surgeon change my appearance to that of a puce psionically-gifted cat/squirrel/kangaroo hybrid. From now on I want you guys to call me Mewtwo and encounter me in Cerulean Cave only after you have defeated the Elite Four in the Indigo Plateau. If you can’t do that you’re a Poképhobe and need to check your capture privileges. Thank you for being so understanding.Read More
The states and grand juries, Part Three: Reformers weaken, and in some cases destroy, the right to a grand jury
“When Dr. [Samuel] Johnson defined patriotism as the last refuge of a scoundrel, he ignored the enormous possibilities of the word reform.” – Roscoe ConklingRead More
Rather than give a comprehensive history of the victories of “reformers” who curtailed grand-jury rights in state after state, let me attempt to give some historical vignettes, and tie these vignettes together with some semblance of narrative coherence. Then later, I’ll give an account of the triumph of the reformers in their battle against the grand jury.Read More
The states and grand juries, Part One: The case of an enraged husband leads a couple of former pro-slavers to quarrel over the meaning of the Constitution
Who’s more dangerous – the killer, or the judges who hold his life in their hands?Read More
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