December 23 roundup

by Walter Olson on December 23, 2013

  • Metro-North train crash spurs calls for mandatory crash-prevention devices. Think twice [Steve Chapman]
  • BP sues attorney Mikal Watts [Insurance Journal] Exaggerated Gulf-spill claims as a business ethics issue [Legal NewsLine]
  • Pot-war fan: “Freedom also means the right not to be subjected to a product I consider immoral” [one of several Baltimore Sun letters to the editor in reaction to my piece on marijuana legalization, and Gregory Kline's response]
  • Aaron Powell, The Humble Case for Liberty [Libertarianism.org]
  • Allegation: lawprof borrowed a lot of his expert witness report from Wikipedia [Above the Law]
  • Frivolous “sovereign citizen” lawsuits on rise in southern Jersey [New Jersey Law Journal, earlier]
  • Star of Hitchcock avian thriller had filed legal malpractice action: “Tippi Hedren wins $1.5 million in bird-related law suit” [Telegraph]

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1 Anonymous Attorney 12.23.13 at 3:45 pm

It’s a shame the term “sovereign citizen” — sounds so noble — is used for these cases, which are (truly) nutball attempts to subvert the court system. But they do fit a pattern. The funny thing is that while these guys (who don’t actually seem to fit a set demographic — I see them old, young, black, white — though usually male) often reject the jurisdiction of the court when they’re on the receiving end, they sure do use it a lot on the giving end.

2 Igor 12.24.13 at 1:58 pm

Re: Metro-North train crash spurs calls for mandatory crash-prevention devices.
Think anti-lock brakes, and the false sense of security it gives to careless drivers…

Sovereign Citizen, eh? More like Nuisance Citizen, IMHO. But then, consider the source – IANAL .

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