I am Tom Freeland, a lawyer in Oxford, Mississippi. The picture in the header is my law office. I'm on Twitter as NMissC

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Two observations about the preclearance case

1.  Are all those laws denied preclearance since the last reauthorization now the walking dead, zombie laws brought back from dead and wandering among us?  Seriously:  Does this mean that laws that weren’t precleared now take effect?

2.  I just want to use this post to correct CRS’s mistaken belief that he agrees with […]

DOMA is unconstitutional on Equal Protection grounds… Prop 8 punted for lack of standing

Scalia, dissenting today, has some language that the dissent could have used nicely in yesterday’s preclearance case:

This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable […]

Tomorrow at the Supreme Court… (according to Tom Toles)

Eric Posner: “Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in Shelby County v. Holder, the Voting Rights Act case, is a pretty lame piece of work.”

He makes short work of the, cough, logic in the Roberts opinion.  Worth reading.  He concludes:

What exactly is wrong with the singling out of states by the federal government? Is the idea that when Alabama is on the playground with the other states, they’re going to make fun of it because it had […]

Here comes voter id…

“[V]oting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that.” -Majority opinion in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, quoted in Justice Ginzburg’s dissent.

The question then, I suppose, is whether we care to do anything about it.

I am reading the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, which makes depressing reading.  It overturns […]

Richard Posner, responding to his son Eric, describes how a realist reads the Supreme Court opinions

In Slate’s annual Supreme Court review, Posner meditates on how to read Supreme Court opinions, and the quality of those opinions.  He notes, “My own view is that any statement in a judicial opinion is a matter of law. (That is the legal realist in me.)”  And there’s a significant thorn in his summary […]

An odd bit of reasoning from the Mississippi Supreme Court today

In today’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision list there’s a pretty unremarkable criminal affirmance-– the court affirms 9-0 a two-issue appeal in a child molestation case. One issue was that the prosecutor had made an improper “send a message” argument, but defense counsel failed to object. The other issue was the introduction of “other crime” […]

David Berg with Run, Brother, Run at Square Books tomorrow

David Berg has a reading at Square Books in Oxford tomorrow, Wed. June 19th, at 5:30.  Berg is a lawyer from Houston whose brother was murdered in the sixties.  In his memoir, he works through those events, including the murder trial of hit man/serial killer Charles Harrelson (who died in prison for the murder […]

I saw a warranty deed today…

.. in which the description sets out the metes and bounds identifying the property followed by this: “… including and excluding [another metes and bounds description], consisting of a one acre tract that is [a statement about what is on the one acre tract].”

Will someone please tell me what could possibly have been […]

Two Father’s day pictures

The first is my dad at two months old, in Harriston, Mississippi, with a family dog (who is obviously happy to serve as a pillow for the new baby in the family.  His grandparents were living at Harriston then, so that must be where this pictures was taken.

The second is my dad soon […]