Monday, April 7th, 2008
Maine bans novelty lighters. For the children, of course.
Grandmother arrested, handcuffed, booked over eight-year-old parking tickets totaling $90.
To be honest, I don’t see what’s wrong with this ruling. I guess it’s another example of what’s legal being quite a bit different than what’s just–i.e. something we non-lawyers just don’t understand. Thing is, cheap, slogan-based get-tough-on-crime laws that sound great in campaign speeches often get applied in very unjust, unfair ways. I see nothing wrong with letting jurors know that their conviction of a defendant on what they may feel is a minor offense could well lead to some major time behind bars. The jurors who convicted Richard Paey have said that if they’d known he’d get 25 years, they’d never have convicted him.
Chicago lawmaker wants a ban on talking on a cell phone while crossing the street.
Phun looks pretty sweet. Alas, no Mac version yet.