April 6 roundup

by Walter Olson on April 6, 2012

  • “Help, I left my kids to wait in the car for less than five minutes, now I’m on trial for child endangerment” [Skenazy] “N.Y. State Senate Passes Bill Outlawing Kids Under 8 Waiting in Cars” [same]
  • “Greek court dismisses charges against German magazine for denigrating national symbol” [AP]
  • Pre-clearance for financial innovation, as with drugs and the FDA? Bad idea [Mark Calabria/Cato, The Economist, Thom Lambert]
  • NYT, Reuters misreport effect of Stand Your Ground laws [Jacob Sullum, Robert VerBruggen/NRO, earlier here, etc.]
  • “Attorney advises against talking to Baltimore Sun in email mistakenly sent to Baltimore Sun” [Andrew Beaujon, Poynter]
  • Ken at Popehat knows how to pick his enemies [first, second, third posts, Philly Law Blog]
  • “Now Can We Start Talking About the Real Foxconn?” [Tim Culpan, Bloomberg]


1 Anonymous Attorney 04.06.12 at 10:55 am

Personally, I can’t stand the criminal-charges-over-leaving-kids-in-the-car-for-five-minutes cases. There are bad ones, like children left alone for an entire evening, but we should be able to tell the difference.

2 Jesse Spurway 04.06.12 at 11:08 am

“If Zimmerman started the fight, for example, he would have been justified in using lethal force ”
So if a fight starts in FL and instigator kills the other, it’s OK by law? All the instigator has to say is he thot he was losing the fight?

3 Mannie 04.06.12 at 12:39 pm

“If Zimmerman started the fight, for example, he would have been justified in using lethal force ”

He would have been justified in using deadly force, if Martin then escalated the fight to the point that Zimmerman reasonably found himself in danger of death or grave bodily injury.

You slap me without justification. I pull a knife on you. You shoot me. The shooting is justified, although you are still guilty of battery.

But we have seen no evidence Zimmerman assaulted or battered Martin. None whatsoever. Reasonable doubt applies.

I am George Zimmerman.

4 D 04.09.12 at 5:06 pm

That string about Ken’s enemies is a real hoot if you like watching stark raving moonbats implode on their own fulminating invection.

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