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Meanwhile, in Oxford: About those Old Taylor Roard roundabouts

They opened today.  I, for one, thought (and still think) they’d be a great thing for an intersection that had become impossible and possibly dangerous.

That said, it’s going to be a bit of an adventure while folks get used to them.  Driving them the first time reminded me a bit of driving the […]

In case anyone from True The Vote is reading and needs help in Jefferson County

Following up on my prior post that folks at True the Vote couldn’t find the courthouse in Jefferson County, here’s some handy pointers.

There is a search engine on the internet called Google, and if you type “address of the courthouse Jefferson County Mississippi Fayette” into it, the fourth entry says, “Circuit Clerk Jefferson […]

True The Vote: “They couldn’t find the courthouse.”

A long time insult to a lawyer is that he “couldn’t find the courthouse.”

Jackson Jambalaya reveals that the True the Vote folks are not only that clueless, they’ll even voluntarily file with a federal district court a document admitting it.

 

More magic from Dr. Hayne! (or, the geniuses at the AG’s office don’t know 9 is before 10 and 12)

Radley Balko and the Innocent Project have another Dr. Hayne case to chew upon.

One aspect of Dr. Hayne’s testimony that was particularly vile is that, when cross-examined, he’d simply make stuff up.  A lawyer can’t be well prepared enough to cross-examine a witness who can just fabricate authority and answers on the fly.  He […]

The Onion and the Mississippi Legislature: In a contest whether life outpaces satire

Today’s Onion headline: “New Anti-Abortion Legislation Requires Doctors To Scale 18-Foot Wall Surrounding Clinic.” The story begins:

JACKSON, MS—In an effort to make certain that physicians who perform the procedure are fully qualified to do so, a new state law passed Tuesday will require Mississippi doctors to climb an 18-foot wall before entering any […]

Yes, I am still alive

Two weeks ago, my laptop died an ignominious death. I discovered I had a much calmer– almost zen– reaction to a longer than usual period of borrowed computers, loaners, and the like, than I’d expected.

I was really frustrated that I could not post on Anderson’s site to ask about Hazel Brannon Smith and […]

Justice Sotomayor: “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word. Not so today.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, a religious organization employer that wishes to be exempt from the requirement to provide contraceptives need only fill out a form that notifies the government and the insurer that they are not going to pay for contraceptives, so the insurer can ensure that employees get such coverage. The form is […]

RFRAs, the Establishment Clause, and Land Use Regulation (no! seriously!)

I’ve been giving a lot of thought about Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), state and federal, since this Spring (with the passage of Mississippi’s own such act) and this week (with the Hobby Lobby case using the federal act).

Recall that we were told that the state act was fine because the federal act was fine.

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The crazy comes out a Austin Barbour’s election phone press conference

Just before a telephone press conference with Austin Barbour, internet rabble-rouser Charles Johnson tweeted the number of the call and invited folks to crash it. Barbour said he would entertain questions at the end. Someone interrupted the call about 8:25 with this:

Q Ok, quick question, since black people harvested cotton, is it […]

A criticism of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as applied to the states

The more I think about this, the more I think passage of the state version of RFRA this Spring was a very dumb move.

There’s this:  The case I’m quoting below, Bourne, involved a church challenging a city’s historic preservation ordinance on the grounds that it was an indirect burden on their exercise of religion.

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