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Social media law roundup

Was this an entry in a contest to draft the most unconstitutional bill? “Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media” [Eugene Volokh] “Everyone involved in politics has bad days, when one’s interests conflict with one’s ideals.” But conservatives should resist the temptation to call in government to regulate the Internet [John Samples] New Republican interest in antitrust explainable by wish to bust corporations considered unfriendly to Republicans [...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Antitrust, Warren, Lafayette, Eugene Volokh, Steven Greenhut, Wrong Right, Scott Shackford, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, John Samples


Twitter keeps a list of everything it thinks you're interested in — here's how to find it (TW)

Twitter collects a lot of data on you, including a compiled list of "inferred interests" it uses to personalize your experience. This interests list was initially rolled out to Twitter users a while back, but the feature was rediscovered this week and users have been tweeting their own lists, some of which include topics are weirdly specific and seemingly inaccurate. Find out below how to find your own list of what Twitter thinks you're interested in. If you've ever wondered what Twitter kno...
Tags: Twitter, Trends, New York Times, Ariel Edwards Levy, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Sarah Sanders, Sarah Karlan, Justin Oaksford


Kavanaugh hearings roundup

The hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have wrapped up: Ilya Somin on the nominee’s view of executive power; “The attacks on originalism during the Gorsuch hearings were seen as failures—in the sense that they failed to persuasively portray originalism as outside the mainstream. Thus they were not widely repeated during the Kavanaugh hearings… ” [Michael Ramsey, Originalism Blog] Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took a quote in which Kavanaugh summarized the positions taken by ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Nsa, Uncategorized, Vox, David Lat, Constitutional Law, Kamala Harris, Calif, HARRIS, WWL, Michael Ramsey, Kavanaugh, Glenn Kessler, Bill Pryor, Gorsuch


First Amendment roundup

Dangerous and misguided: Michigan pursues prosecution on charges of jury tampering of man who handed out “jury nullification” pamphlets on public sidewalk outside courthouse [Jay Schweikert, Cato; Jacob Sullum, earlier here, here, etc.] “‘Worst of Both Worlds’ FOSTA Signed Into Law, Completing Section 230’s Evisceration” [Eric Goldman] Among first casualties: Craigslist personals [NPR, Elizabeth Nolan Brown] And Elizabeth Nolan Brown joins (no relation) Caleb Brown on a Cato Daily Podcast; ...
Tags: Isis, Law, Virginia, Uncategorized, Advertising, Social Media, Terrorism, Tennessee, Aclu, Michigan, Free Speech, Jury Nullification, Reed, Gilbert, Ninth Circuit, Google Facebook Twitter


"Sex for sale is not a constitutional right, court rules"

"Sex for sale is not a constitutional right, court rules": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this report. And at Reason.com's "Hit & Run" blog, Elizabeth Nolan Brown has a post titled "No Right to Earn a Living Via Prostitution, Says Federal Court; 'There is no constitutional rights to engage in illegal employment,' rules the 9th Circuit court." You can access today's ruling of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Tags: Law, San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Living Via Prostitution Says Federal Court


Campus climate roundup

Prof. Laura Kipnis, previously investigated by Northwestern over an essay she wrote saying there are too many Title IX investigations, wrote a book about the experience and that touched off yet another Title IX investigation of her [Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker] Groups demand that outspoken social conservative Prof. Amy Wax not be allowed to teach first-year civil procedure at University of Pennsylvania Law School [Caron/TaxProf] How to evaluate claims that professors who say controvers...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Ohio, Johnson, Title IX, Law Schools, American University, University of San Diego, Eugene Volokh, Evergreen State, Education Department, Wright State University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Laura Kipnis, Political correctness, Colleges and Universities


Critic-Raiding Sheriff Settles With Bloggers Who Sued Him Over His Unconstitutional Actions (techdirt)

Now that Terre Bonne Parish sheriff Jerry Larpenter has had his immunity stripped by a federal court, it appears he's ready to pay up to keep the damages from mounting. Sheriff Larpenter abused a terrible law -- Louisiana's still-on-the-books-for-some-reason criminal defamation law -- to harass a critic of his. On the way to getting slapped by the court, Larpenter went judge-shopping (bringing his warrant to an off-duty judge) for someone willing to sign his unconstitutional warrant -- a judge w...
Tags: News, Louisiana, Wayne, Jennifer, Tim Cushing, Houma, Wayne Anderson, Andersons, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Jerry Larpenter, Larpenter


1H 2017 Quick Links, Part 6 (Defamation, Section 230, Consumer Reviews)

Defamation * Gillon v. Bernstein, Civ. No. 2:12-4891 (WJM) (D.N.J. Nov. 3, 2016). No liability for negative Ripoff Report. * Jackson v. Mayweather, 2017 WL 1131869 (Cal. Ct. App. March 27, 2017). CA’s anti-SLAPP law protects the following Facebook/Instagram post: “the real reason me and Shantel Christine Jackson @MissJackson broke up was because she got an abortion, and I’m totally against killing babies. She killed our twin babies. #ShantelJackson #Floyd Mayweather #TheMoneyTeam #TMT” * Gottwal...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Nsa, Court, US, United States, Chicagoland, Gawker, Yelp, Zuckerberg, James Comey, Cook County, Facebook Instagram, John Doe, Jane


Congress 'Fixes' Child Porn 'Loophole' With 15-Year Prison Sentences For Teen Sexting (techdirt)

Congress agrees (with who, I don't know): to save our nation's children from the scourge of sexting, we much incarcerate our nation's children. As Elizabeth Nolan Brown reports for Reason, the way to salvation sext-free kids runs through our nation's prison pipelines, where they'll be rehabilitated through the power of life-crippling criminal sentences and accelerated to adulthood via actual sexual assault at the hands of prisoners/guards. Teens who text each other explicit images could be su...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Kentucky, House, House Of Representatives, Michigan, Louisiana, Johnson, Doj, Trump, Scott, Tim Cushing, Paul Johnson, Bobby Scott, Mike Johnson


Crime and punishment roundup

Citation nation: abuse of fees and fines erodes legitimacy and accountability in local government [C. Jarrett Dieterle, City Journal] If concept of obstruction of justice is not to do injustice itself, it must be confined to a limited number of well-defined offenses [Tim Lynch, Cato] “Drug recognition experts” deployed at traffic stops have a reliability problem, and that can put innocent people behind bars [11Alive Atlanta, Ed Krayewski] Zero-tolerance THC: Unimpaired driver gets six mont...
Tags: New York, Mississippi, Law, Uncategorized, Atlanta, New York State, Hate Crimes, New York New York, Jacob Sullum, Ed Krayewski, New York Senate, Louisiana Kentucky, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Illegal Drugs, Hans Von Spakovsky, Petty Fines And Fees


Free speech roundup

“Keeping this case in a pending status gives us one hell of a club” — how Nixon used antitrust to intimidate media [Guy Rolnik, Stigler Center ProMarket] For ruthlessness in bullying hostile press, Nixon and LBJ had nothing on FDR and his New Dealers [David Beito] In which I display impatience with Claremont Colleges student no-platformers who signed a letter defending speaker shout-downs and demanding that conservative student journalists be disciplined [Scott Greenfield, more from Heather ...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Gop, Antitrust, UC Berkeley, Fdr, Free Speech, Nixon, Ben Collins, Jefferson, American Legislative Exchange Council, LBJ, Flemming Rose, David Post, Claremont Colleges, Mac Donald


Liability roundup

“Torts of the Future: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies” [U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform] “After paying out millions, Detroit pushes new law protecting cities from claims over bad sidewalks” [WXYZ] Fire doors at U.N. cut and repurposed to make cabinets, court rules original manufacturers not liable for failure to warn of asbestos dust risk should doors be cut up [Lynn Lehnert, Asbestos Case Tracker] Woman sues bar that served her over ...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Advertising, Detroit, Asbestos, Tort Reform, Class Actions, Eastern District, U S Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Criminals Who Sue, Dramshop Statutes, Roads And Streets, Lynn Lehnert


Thursday round-up

On Tuesday night, the court denied a stay of execution in the case of a Texas death-row inmate, over a dissent by Justice Stephen Breyer. Amy Howe reports on the ruling at her eponymous blog, noting that Breyer “would have put Ruiz’s execution on hold to allow the court to take a closer look at Ruiz’s claim that executing him would violate the Constitution’s bar on cruel and unusual punishment because he had spent 22 years in ‘permanent solitary confinement’” simply because “’he is a prisoner aw...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Law, Colorado, Australia, Washington Post, Senate, White House, Court, Bloomberg, New York Times, ACS, Associated Press, Jamaica, Usa Today, Bloomberg Bna


Free speech roundup

R.I.P at 91 Nat Hentoff, magnificent cultural figure, champion of free speech and civil liberties [Tim Lynch; Cato biography page with links to commentaries; related YouTube playlist; his last Village Voice column; trailer on documentary; large archive at Unz.org including work for Inquiry; remembered by free speech expert Ronald K.L. Collins, with many links] “Self-Proclaimed Inventor of Email Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Techdirt’s Mike Masnick” [THR, Esq./Hollywood Reporter; “the lates...
Tags: Utah, Law, Obama, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Gop, Louisiana, Hate Speech, Donald Trump, Gawker, Free Speech, Trump, Rose, Mike Masnick, Cato, Nat Hentoff


Police and prosecution roundup

Mississippi AG Jim Hood, a longtime Overlawyered fave, finds way to snipe at opposing death penalty counsel [Radley Balko] Police use forced catheterization to obtain urine samples from unwilling suspects. A constitutional issue? [Argus-Leader, South Dakota] “Why Gary Johnson Opposes Hate-Crime Laws (and You Should Too)” [Elizabeth Nolan Brown] Yes, the Baltimore aerial surveillance program should raise concerns [Matthew Feeney, Cato] “The Citizen as ATM: A small Missouri city has becom...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Missouri, South Dakota, New Mexico, Baltimore, Fourth Amendment, Hate Crimes, Gary Johnson, Jim Hood, Radley Balko, Paul Gessing, Mens Rea, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Petty Fines And Fees


Tax Roundup, 8/25/16: Tax Court says money-losing S corporation doesn’t have to pay owner “wage.” Also: Chicago’s art police, and more!

No S corporation owner minimum wage. The IRS has been waging an unholy war in recent years against S corporation owners. The tax man wants even money-losing S corporations to pay wages to their owners. It’s not out of any concern for the owners’ well-being, mind you; the agency wants the resulting employment taxes. The Tax Court rebuffed one such IRS effort yesterday. An S corporation primarily involved in “servicing, repairing, and modifying recreational vehicles” was growing quickly, and had t...
Tags: Taxes, White House, Chicago, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Irs, County, Clinton, Cook County, United Way, Tax Court, Vasquez, Petitioner, Respondent, The IRS




Banking and finance roundup

To keep your sex business free from the coils of federal regulation, your best bet might in fact be Ted Cruz, implacable opponent of Operation Choke Point [Elizabeth Nolan Brown] Snoopy, you’re not systematically important: judge frees MetLife from SIFI designation under Dodd-Frank [Thaya Brook Knight/Cato, John Cochrane] What with Sen. Elizabeth Warren trying to put a lid on some companies’ criticism of the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule, hope it’s still OK for the rest of us to talk abo...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, NYC, New York City, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, United States, Ted Cruz, Antitrust, SEC, Department Of Justice, Dodd Frank, Securities And Exchange Commission, James, Newman, Salman


Archfiend of misogyny steps forth, Internet calls cops

When a self-promoter trolls the online outrage machine, freedom of travel and assembly wind up as collateral damage [Elizabeth Nolan Brown, Reason on the “Roosh” furor and resulting shut-him-down efforts; Daily Mail] The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey speaks to Southern Poverty Law Center official Heidi Beirich who seems to find it regrettable that “a guy with a blog” should get so much free publicity, seeming to forget who gave him so much of it. Tags: free speech, sexual assault, soci...
Tags: Sexual Assault, Washington Post, Uncategorized, Social Media, Free Speech, Southern Poverty Law Center, Heidi Beirich, Caitlin Dewey, Elizabeth Nolan Brown