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The law and the jungle

Prostitution and rape

This is interesting:

For decades, few people noticed that legislators in Providence had deleted crucial language from Rhode Island state law in 1980. It wasn't until a 2003 court case that police, to their chagrin, discovered they couldn't prevent prostitutes and their customers from engaging in commercial exchange.

Fess up

Here's a worrisome case, as clear a breach of the wall between church and state as we're ever likely to see:

To serve and protect

This is my favorite photo of the month so far:

 

Yes, the place is called "Shooters," and, yes, it really is in Rifle, Colo. And it takes a 9-year-old to understand why this is a good thing, not a scary thing:

Boebert insists that the women be properly trained to protect -- and serve.

The pot's right

It's unanimous

The Supreme Court just ended its term with two 5-4 decisions on controversial, hot-button issues, so there's bound to be a lot of analysis about the "divided" court. But here's something you might not be aware of:

Let's talk about guns

Remember Dick Metcalf? He's the Guns & Ammo editor who got fired for wtiting a column saying that guns could be regulated without anybody's Second Amendment rights being violated. He has an interesting observation on "why we can't talk about guns":

Metcalf said it seems logical that if we can require people to get training before the operate a car, we can require them to get training before operating a firearm.

Hey, buffer this

So, are free-speech "buffer zones" unconstitutional or not? The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, seems to say yes, they are:

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay at least 35 feet from the entrances to clinics that provide abortions is unconstitutional, a decision that cast a legal cloud over similar provisions in 15 other states. …

Marijuana lawlessness

This is the law at its worst:

Attorney General Eric Holder swooped into Spokane, Washington, without public notice Friday to visit with federal prosecutors, but his trip didn’t immediately benefit a group of indicted medical marijuana patients nicknamed the Kettle Falls Five.

Mr. Anonymous

Let's start the week with a soft, non-controversial suggestion. News organizations grant women who say they were raped anonymity because being a rape victim is so shameful the woman's life would be ruined forever if her name were known. So, if the crime is that bad, why don't we withhold the name of the accused until it's dtermined whether he's actually guilty or not?

Straw dogs

My brother and his gun-advocate friends are freaking out over the Supreme Court's "straw" purchase decision:

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