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The whole Admiral Ackbar thing makes the New York Times

Well, at least a blog. And it includes a quote from Lucasfilms on the subject.

For a character who makes only a passing appearance in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, things are going swimmingly for Admiral Ackbar, a bit player from “Return of the Jedi.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the students of the University […]

SCOTUS blog legal history post about the Supreme Court and civil rights in the late 19thC

The SCOTUS blog is having some posts about the U.S. Supreme Court and race. One is a nice discussion of two decisions from the 19th Century limiting the scope of the Reconstruction Amendments by Robert Cottrol, a professor of law and history at George Washington University. It begins:

Chances are if you went to law […]

Open Thread

I was asked, everyone has been well-behaved with lots of opportunities for annoying responses, and so here’s one.

Health Care Question…

By the way, did we have a referendum on the health care bill? I don’t remember being asked when the American people “rejected” it.

Motorhome Diaries Folks File Motion to Suppress, tort claim letter

The Motorhome Diaries folks have fired their next barrage against Jones County. First, from an article in the Laurel, Mississippi Leader-Call that sums up the situation:

Pete Eyre, Adam Mueller and Jason Talley were traveling through Jones County on I-59 North on May 14 when they were stopped by Jones County deputies.

In Laurel Justice […]

“Mr. Yoo and Mr. Bybee were not acting as fair-minded analysts of the law but as facilitators of a scheme to evade it.”

The editorial page of the New York Times has apparently been thinking through its reaction to the recent OPR opinions as deliberately as I have (note the quote in the title). The lede sentence is haunting to me as a lawyer:

Is this really the state of ethics in the American legal profession? Government lawyers […]

It all depends on who’s ox is gored: John Yoo and Youngstown

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 343 U.S. 579 (1952) is the leading case on presidential power in wartime, and specifically on the president’s authority with regard to congressional power when the nation was at war. Justice Black’s opinion frames the issue in those terms:

We are asked to decide whether the President was […]

Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker: Against a vote on the jobs bill but for the jobs bill. Got it?

There are much harder gyrations politicians attempt to make– take, for instance, McCain’s current claim that he didn’t realize the Tarp money was going to banks (he said he was mislead by Bush’s secretary of treasury) and that Obama suspended his campaign, too– but the two Mississippi senators are in a small and exclusive club– […]

Judge Hitner in Wilson v. Scruggs: Lets get on with it– and do so in 14 pt type

What remains of Wilson v. Scruggs is in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. As I’ve posted earlier, Wilson has settled with Scruggs and Langston but continues to pursue Patterson, Peters, and Balducci (the last filed a pleading admitting liability but asserting other defendants were primarily liable). The case is before […]