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Court Affirms Conviction for Making “Hand Gesture in the Form of a Gun” – Lowering the Bar
In a loss for free speech, he was convicted of generating a "hazardous or physically offensive condition" for making a finger gun.
law  via:LoweringTheBar  freespeech 
october 2019 by mcherm
Californians Can No Longer Be Forced to Join a Posse – Lowering the Bar
Until now you could be fined $1000 for not helping the sheriff hunt someone down. Similar laws still exist in most states (but are essentially never used).
law  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2019 by mcherm
Ukraine election: Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky unseats President Petro Poroshenko, exit poll shows - The Washington Post
A TV show features someone with no political experience who become President of Ukraine. The actor was just elected as President of Ukraine.
weird  via:LoweringTheBar 
april 2019 by mcherm
Clown Says He Will Seek a Third Term – Lowering the Bar
In Brazil, an illiterate clown (literally his profession) ran for congress. He won. Having been there 2 terms, he was planning to retire, but now says he'll run for a third term because he shows up for work more often than almost all of his colleagues.
politics  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2018 by mcherm
Court to Police: Nope, Sometimes “Fleeing” Is Just Jogging | Lowering the Bar
He was out jogging. The police chased him, then threatened to shoot him. He surrendered to the first uniformed officer he encountered. They arrested him for "resisting or delaying an officer" and threw him out of police academy. Court says "he was just jogging".
police  policeabuse  overprosecution  via:LoweringTheBar 
december 2017 by mcherm
Lawyer Music Video Asks You Not to Call It “Velcro” | Lowering the Bar
The best trademark-related music video I have ever seen... and perhaps the best one I ever will. Very funny.
funny  law  ip-law  trademark  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2017 by mcherm
Experts Decry Increasing Use of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Trials
Given the same lyrics, people believe they are literal if told they are "rap", and not literal if told they are "country music". The lyrics of rap music are being used to convict people via character assassination.
law  predjudice  via:LoweringTheBar 
september 2017 by mcherm
Short-Subway-Sandwich Settlement Stupid, Says Seventh Circuit | Lowering the Bar
Class-action suit against Subway for having random variation in their bread length and therefore occasionally producing "footlong" sandwiches that were less than 12 inches is THROWN OUT by appeals court (after winning at the district court) because the suit accomplished nothing except earning half a million dollars for the lawyers.
law  via:LoweringTheBar 
august 2017 by mcherm
Airman convicted of federal crime for being 6 minutes late to meeting |
Really. The air force claims he's been booted out of the military and convicted of a federal crime because he wasn't released from his previous duty soon enough so he was 6 minutes late to a meeting.
overprosecution  via:LoweringTheBar 
august 2017 by mcherm
When ‘there is serious reason to doubt’ rumors and allegations, is it libelous to publish them? - The Washington Post
An interesting analysis of when reporters are allowed to publish information that might be defamatory. Publishing "X said Y about Z but it's probably false" is NOT necessarily a defense against defaming Z by saying Y.
law  freespeech  via:LoweringTheBar 
april 2017 by mcherm
Seriously, Though: Nobody Has the Right to Appeal | Lowering the Bar
In VA and a couple of other places, you don't have a right to an appeal.
law  via:LoweringTheBar 
december 2016 by mcherm
The Worst Presidential Race in American History | Lowering the Bar
A run-down of the ACTUALLY worst presidential elections in US history. Winning popular AND electoral vote yet losing the election strikes me as one of the big ones.
history  via:LoweringTheBar 
november 2016 by mcherm
Exclusive: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence - sources | Reuters
Apparently Alex Stamos, head of security at Yahoo, resigned over Yahoo's choice to spy on all of their customers' emails for the US government without even putting up a fight.
yahoo  security  ethics  4thAmmendment  privacy  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2016 by mcherm
Congress Blames President for Law He Vetoed | Lowering the Bar
The "blame Obama for everything" movement has reached a new low: blaming him for the one bill where they overrode his veto!
obama  politics  via:LoweringTheBar 
october 2016 by mcherm
Sufficiently Notorious Convicted Felon Identified? | Lowering the Bar
The TSA apparently lets convicted terrorists sign up for PreCheck. I'm not saying they shouldn't be allowed to fly, I'm saying the TSA shouldn't exist in its current form.
TSA  security  via:LoweringTheBar 
june 2016 by mcherm
Happy Memorial Day From the TSA | Lowering the Bar
TSA executive paid huge bonuses (also, eventually, fired). Also whistleblowers persecuted within the TSA.
personal_net  TSA  via:LoweringTheBar 
may 2016 by mcherm
Gerrymanderers Miss One Person - Lowering the Bar
When they drew the lines they missed one voter. Now that one voter will decide the whole election. Oh, and she has decided to actually pay attention and vote wisely.
voting  via:LoweringTheBar  funny  law 
september 2015 by mcherm
Attorney General Explains Why It's Okay to Kill U.S. Citizens Without a Trial - Forbes
A good essay on why the attorney general shouldn't be allowed to just say "yeah, the president can kill who he wants when he wants"
law  terrorism  obama  via:LoweringTheBar 
july 2015 by mcherm
U.S. Government: Lasers are Evil - Lowering the Bar
The official position of the US government is that lasers are inherently evil.
overprosecution  law  via:LoweringTheBar 
july 2015 by mcherm
Happy To Be Here | Popehat
A description of his hospitalization for depression and anxiety. Mostly focuses on saying "ask for help from people" and "try different things", and "I got (mostly) better".
mental_illness  via:LoweringTheBar 
may 2015 by mcherm
The School District That Arrests Kids For 'Crimes' Like Throwing Candy
This article says that in a particular Louisiana parish police are being used to arrest the black kids in school for whatever charges they can invent, like assault for throwing a skittles candy on the bus.
police  kidsrights  overprosecution  via:LoweringTheBar 
may 2015 by mcherm
Robots are starting to break the law and nobody knows what to do about it -- Fusion
The program made random purchases off a "darknet" site until it purchased some stuff that was illegal.
personal_net  via:LoweringTheBar  ai  law 
january 2015 by mcherm
Okay, Somebody Did Survive Being Sucked Into a Jet Engine - Lowering the Bar
Bureaucracy run amok. There's a separate medical insurance code for a RETURN visit after being sucked into a jet engine.
bureaucracy  via:LoweringTheBar  personal_net 
october 2014 by mcherm
Drunk Successfully Gropes Two While Posing as TSA Agent - Lowering the Bar
Man dons gloves and gropes women at a TSA checkpoint. Gets away with it for a while before getting caught. He was drunk.
TSA  securitytheater  via:LoweringTheBar 
july 2014 by mcherm
Police in Sexting Case Want to Take Photo of Teen's ... No, That Can't Be Right - Lowering the Bar
I bookmarked this case earlier, but the conclusion of this writeup left me laughing out loud for several minutes. Perhaps the local judicial system has gone so crazy that the child in this case should seek asylum in a neighboring state.
law  sexoffenders  via:LoweringTheBar  funny 
july 2014 by mcherm
When Does a DNA-Test Result With 99.9% Certainty Not Prove Paternity? - Lowering the Bar
One of the ultimate "lowering the bar" posts. Identical twins sleep with the same woman on the same day and she gets pregnant. Which one owes child support? The judge picked one!
personal_net  via:LoweringTheBar 
may 2014 by mcherm

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