Friday, March 3, 2017

friday



Austin and then back home
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Austin holiday




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Father Of Conservative French Leader Ordered To Pay €5,000 For Offensive Speech

by jonathanturley
jeanmarielepen-profile-harounaaron_cropped_2We have previously discussed the shocking rollback of free speech in France in the name of combating hate and intolerant speech.  The latest fine was imposed on Jean-Marie Le Pen, the father of French conservative presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. His crime was calling Roma "smelly."  It was an offensive and prejudiced comment but the criminal prosecution of such insults demonstrates the slippery slope that France is now on -- a slope that inevitably leaves to greater and greater speech control.  This is the ninth time that Le Pen has been prosecuted for the crime of insulting other people or groups.

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Vicarious Inebriation? Vodka Company Forced To Recall Vodka That Claimed 40 Percent Alcohol While Delivering 81 Percent

by jonathanturley
imagesThere is a story out of Canada that could make for a fascinating torts case.  Georgian Bay Vodka has been told to recall a batch of its vodka because the bottle shows  40 per cent alcohol by volume, but the alcohol content is actually 81 per cent.  Obviously that can present an immediate health risk, but what if someone became intoxicated from a couple drinks and caused an accident?

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Sessions Recuses Himself From Any Russian Investigation

by jonathanturley
jeff_sessions_official_portraitAs often seems the case in Washington, the controversy surrounding the meetings of then Senator Jeff Sessions with the Russian Ambassador has quickly descended into a feeding frenzy. When interviewed shortly after the disclosure, I stated that Attorney General Sessions should recuse himself and clarify his testimony. Late this afternoon, Sessions promised to do precisely that. However, the over-hearted rhetoric has continued with calls for Sessions to resign or even be criminally charged. People are getting ahead of their skis on this issue, particularly in claiming that this is the same type of controversy that led to the criminal charges against former Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst.



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S’More Crime In Florida: Brothers Arrested After Destroying Girl Scout Cookie Table and Assaulting Family

by jonathanturley
web-daniel-kennedy-0120-1488295261Daniel Kennedy, 18, and his 16-year-old brother were arrested this week after allegedly overturning a Girl Scout table and attacking the family over a $20 debt.  The two Florida teens confronted the family outside of a  Palm Coast Wal-Mart over the debt and then demanded payment in cookies.  When the family refused, bedlam ensued (and was captured on surveillance cameras).






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