March 18, 2024 3:00 am

Archives: April 2024

Excerpts from Reason‘s vaults

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March 18, 2024 1:00 am

Brickbat: Pint-Sized Prison

A girl in the United Kingdom’s Wetherby Young Offender Institution twice had her clothes removed while being restrained by an all-male team of prison officers, according to a report by the Inspectorate of Prisons. The girl was reportedly trying to use her clothes to harm herself. Wetherby is a correctional institution for people aged 15–18.…


March 17, 2024 6:07 pm

The Priorities of the Judicial Conference of the United States

Rather than addressing bankruptcy and patent forum and judge shopping, on which there is a large bipartisan consensus, the Judicial Conference rushed through a botched proposal in response to political pressure and Twitter noise.


March 17, 2024 3:15 pm

The New York Times Again Worries That Free Speech Endangers Democracy

The newspaper portrays the constitutional challenge to the government’s social media meddling as a conspiracy by Donald Trump’s supporters.

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March 17, 2024 1:30 pm

The Ethics of Law Professor Amicus Briefs Revisited

Are law professors too quick to sign their names on briefs submitted to courts? Is this a problem?


March 17, 2024 1:05 pm

The Economics and Politics of Star Trek

Akiva Malamet has interesting posts on these topics at the Econlib site.

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March 17, 2024 12:01 pm

Two Posts on Irish-American Politics and History, and its Lessons for Today

St. Patrick’s Day is a good time to re-up my posts on what can be learned from the declining political significance of Irish-American identity, and whether Hispanics are following the same path of assimilation as the Irish did.

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March 17, 2024 9:02 am

I’ve Won an Argument about Israel I Wish I Hadn’t

Over my 20+ years of blogging at Volokh, commenters have often questioned why I focused my attention on what I saw as unfair attacks on Israel, rather than on Israeli policies I disagreed with that might be obstacles to a future peace deal. My response was consistent: debates over specific Israeli policies were a sideshow.…


March 17, 2024 4:00 am

Today in Supreme Court History: March 17, 1777

3/17/1777: Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney’s birthday.

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March 17, 2024 3:00 am

After a Century, the Federal Tea Board Is Finally Dead

Imported tea was required for decades to pass a literal taste test before it could be sold in the United States.

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March 16, 2024 6:35 pm

A Numbers Game: Who Would The Judicial Conference’s New Policy Help And Who Would It Hurt?

It will be harder for conservative litigants in blue states and liberal litigants in red states to obtain statewide relief. It will be harder for conservative litigants in red states to obtain nationwide relief. Liberal litigants will have virtually unchanged odds to obtain nationwide relief.


March 16, 2024 4:04 pm

Social and Economic Legislation and the Taft Court in the 1920s

I review the relevant chapters in Prof. Robert Post’s forthcoming book