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EUGENE VOLOKH: Why the Gov. Rick Perry prosecution unconstitutionally intrudes on the gubernatorial…

EUGENE VOLOKH: Why the Gov. Rick Perry prosecution unconstitutionally intrudes on the gubernatorial veto power.

Gun control, by way of commercial speech restriction

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) has introduced a bill, the “Childrens Firearms Marketing Safety Act,” that would restrict the content of gun advertising, ostensibly on the grounds of protecting children. Eugene Volokh analyzes its terms and...Show More Summary

WAR ON SCIENCE: Civil Rights Commission Member: We Need Campus Speech Codes Because Young Adults’ …

WAR ON SCIENCE: Civil Rights Commission Member: We Need Campus Speech Codes Because Young Adults’ Brains Are Different Or Something. Eugene Volokh comments: “I thought I’d pass this along, as expressing the views of a political figure who holds a significant position in the federal civil rights establishment.” I’m beginning to think that establishment doesn’t [...]

Guest-Blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy

Professor Eugene Volokh (UCLA) kindly asked me if I'd like to guest-blog at The Volokh Conspiracy, which these days is hosted by the Washington Post. I said I would, and so I am. All this week, in fact. Oddly enough,...          Related Stories The Emergency Sasquatch Talk The Emergency Sasquatch Ordinance Is Now E-Available Abnormal Use Reviews My Book; Crayons Involved Again  

The Uncanny Valley of Old Futurism

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

In 1995 Eugene Volokh wrote the most paleofuturish article ever written. By that I mean it's an incredibly prescient meditation on the future of media and technology. But it has just enough weird anachronisms to remind us that nobody can predict the future with absolute certainty. Read more...

Patent Office’s Rejection of Redskins Trademark Violates First Amendment

As I said this morning, the Patent Office’s decision to invalidate the Redskins trademarks is an unconstitutional violation of free speech. Here’s more about that. First, let’s hear from First Amendment expert Eugene Volokh from this morning, quoting an earlier post of his from May of this year, regarding the idea of “disparagement” as a […]

State Legislators Discussing Laws That Will Put Law Enforcement Surveillance Cameras Inside Private Businesses

2 months agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The government does enjoy installing cameras pretty much everywhere it can do so with a minimum of complaints. If it thinks there might be some controversy, it just buries the details until after the fact. Eugene Volokh has a roundup...Show More Summary

Police and prosecution roundup

3 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

As condition of bail, federal magistrate orders arrestee to recant charge of government misconduct [Eugene Volokh] Possible life sentence for pot brownies shows “utterly irrational consequences of pretending drugs weigh more than they...Show More Summary

What’s So Dumb About Smart Guns?

Eugene Volokh: I don’t support laws that mandate smart guns, chiefly because there’s no reason to think that such guns will be reliable enough any time soon. But I certainly see the advantage of such guns, as a means of preventing the 100 or so fatal gun accidents and the greater number of nonfatal gun […]

EUGENE VOLOKH: Smart guns, electromagnetic pulse, and planning for unknown-probability dangers….

EUGENE VOLOKH: Smart guns, electromagnetic pulse, and planning for unknown-probability dangers.

EUGENE VOLOKH: Arrestee alleges government misconduct; federal magistrate orders arrestee to apolog…

EUGENE VOLOKH: Arrestee alleges government misconduct; federal magistrate orders arrestee to apologize and recant, as a condition of bail. “This seems to me clearly unconstitutional: It’s an order compelling speech, on threat of imprisonment, which would itself normally be a First Amendment violation; but on top of that, it was issued without a trial, and [...]

John Cook and University of Queensland experience at least 97% of the ‘Streisand effect’ in the Washington Post

This just in from the “I told you so” and “what the hell were they thinking?” departments, Eugene Volokh writes in The Volokh Conspiracy at the Washington Post: Is it copyright infringement to post a lawyer’s cease-and-desist letter? Shollenberger has … Continue reading ?

Is it unconstitutional to bar trademarking "Stop the Islamization of America" because it's "disparaging to a substantial composite" of Muslims?

Eugene Volokh expresses the "tentative view" that 'the general exclusion of marks that disparage persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols should be seen as unconstitutional."Trademark registration, I think, is a government benefit program open to a wide array of speakers with little quality judgment. Show More Summary

TRADEMARK LAW SEEMS INCREASINGLY POLITICIZED. Eugene Volokh comments: “My tentative view is that t…

TRADEMARK LAW SEEMS INCREASINGLY POLITICIZED. Eugene Volokh comments: “My tentative view is that the general exclusion of marks that disparage persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols should be seen as unconstitutional.”

FROM EUGENE VOLOKH: The linked-to article is at New Study Reveals 89% Of Nation’s Food Stamps Squa…

FROM EUGENE VOLOKH: The linked-to article is at New Study Reveals 89% Of Nation’s Food Stamps Squandered On Junk Food and a bunch of things don’t quite check out — the Malbeck Data Institute doesn’t seem to have a Web page, the author’s supposed books don’t show up on Amazon, and the quotes in the [...]

Free speech roundup

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

How the Progressive movement changed thinking on free speech [David Bernstein] More “bullying” legislation: “A crime for teenagers to excoriate their unfaithful or abusive lovers on Facebook?” [Eugene Volokh on pending Colorado bill]...Show More Summary

Supreme Court roundup

4 months agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Court will hear case of mariner charged with Sarbanes-Oxley records-destruction violation for discarding undersized fish [Jonathan Adler, Eugene Volokh, Daniel Fisher] SCOTUS goes 9-0 for wider patent fee shifting in Octane Fitness v. Show More Summary

Volokh on the Golb case

EUGENE VOLOKH: Crime to e-mail your roommate’s girlfriend saying ‘he really is a useless person’? Volokh, who is a Constitutional lawyer, seems to think it not unlikely that some or all of the charges in the Raphael Golb identity-theft-case...Show More Summary

Men were forbidden to make "goo-goo eyes" in Houston.

Back in 1905, Eugene Volokh reports. The term "goo-goo" — referring to eyes or glances (to mean " amorous, ‘spoony’") — is only traced back to 1900 in the (unlinkable) OED, so Houston adopted the slang awfully quickly. Historical examples...Show More Summary

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