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LI: Freddie Gray Trial: Jury Selection Begins Amid Protests

From my post today over at Legal Insurrection: Yesterday jury selection began in the first of the six expected trials over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray. This first case tries 26-year-old Officer William Porter, who like Gray is black. The trial is being presided over by Judge Barry G. Williams, who is also black. …

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“Why Congress stopped gun control activism at the CDC”

From Dr. Timothy Wheeler, director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation, writing in The Hill: In a Nov. 20 letter to the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, House Democrats urged repeal of the 1996 ban on funding for gun control advocacy at the federal Centers …

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NR: A Progressive Guide to Thanksgiving Conversation

More great stuff from Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review: In the great progressive spirit, here are a few tips on how to talk to — and morally improve — your family this Thanksgiving: 1. Your crazy uncle complains in passing that the construction on Redlands Avenue is limiting the flow of traffic to his …

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LI: Laquan McDonald Video Not Dispositive of Police Criminal Misconduct

From my post over at Legal Insurrection: About 13 months ago, on October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old 180-pound black male who was non-compliant with police orders and threatening Chicago police officers with a knife, was shot and killed by officer Jason Van Dyke, a white man. Yesterday Chicago authorities, under orders from a …

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So THIS happened . . . [Profanity warning]

Apparently someone didn’t like a few of my tweets last night re the Laquan McDonald shooting case in Chicago: Name: Go fuck yourself Email: Faggotstomper@gmail.com Subject: Fuck your lies Comments: You hypocrite piece of shit. Who the fuck do you think you are? I hope to God some day you find yourself laying lifeless in …

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LI: Retrial Begins for Texas Firefighter Who Filmed “Stand-Your-Ground”

A re-trial begins this week in Houston for retired firefighter Raul Rodriguez who was previously convicted of murder and sentenced to 40 years in jail.  Rodriquez had unsuccessfully argued self-defense at trial. The notable oddity of this case was the fact that Rodriguez had videotaped himself rather bizarrely confronting loudly partying neighbors. Rodriguez would ultimately shoot …

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NR: Progressives, Take Note: Obamacare and Gun Control Did Not Propel You to Victory Last Night

Another nice piece by Charles C.W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) at National Review: McAuliffe’s failure will come as a particular blow to the former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, whose talent and enthusiasm for wasting vast sums of money in pursuit of the impossible remains second to none in scope. Aiming to demonstrate that the restriction of …

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LI: Stand-Your-Ground Racial Bias Study used “media definition,” not “legal definition”

Last week at Legal Insurrection I wrote a post about a “scientific” study of Florida’s Stand-Your-Ground (SYG) law. That paper was published in the Elsevier journal “Social Science & Medicine.” The paper: “Race, law, and health: Examination of ‘Stand Your Ground’ (SYG) and defendant convictions in Florida” (Social Science & Medicine, Volume 142, October 2015, pages …

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John Lott: New York Times Keeps Getting Its Gun Facts Shockingly Wrong

Great piece by the great Dr. John Lott Jr. on the New York Times’ ignorance (being kind) and fecklessness (my bet): Last week, a New York Times editorial shockingly claimed that American concealed handgun permit holders have been responsible for 763 non-self-defense deaths since 2007. The Times editorial cites these numbers as proof of the …

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LI: NY Times’ mindless editorial over Stand-Your-Ground law

I imagine we’ve all chuckled at the mindlessness which the New York Times provides opportunities to observe the Murray Gell-Mann amnesia effect in action. From my own perspective as an expert in use-of-force law I fail to recall a single instance in which the NYT has so much as approached factual accuracy or displayed contextual …

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