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    6th Circuit, Crime, Hair, Politics, Religion

    Splitting Hairs Over Causation: When Is Amish Beard Cutting A Hate Crime?

    Does assaulting your parents in a way that is particularly hurtful to their religious values constitute a federal hate crime?

    5 Comments / / Aug 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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    Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.29.12

    * New Zealand’s Parliament has passed the first stage of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Lawmakers were apparently inspired by President Obama’s public support of the issue. [Huffington Post]

    * The trial of a Florida teen accused of impersonating a physician assistant is underway. Among other things, he allegedly dressed in scrubs, used a stethoscope, and performed CPR on a patient. Apparently, just because you’ve seen it on Grey’s Anatomy doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do it in real life. [ABC News]

    * “And to my son, I bequeath my playlist of one-hit wonders and my season pass to Breaking Bad.” Marketwatch tackles the tricky question of who owns your digital music (and e-book) collections after you die. [Marketwatch / WSJ]

    * A New Mexico criminal defense attorney, David “Chip” Venie, was charged yesterday with allegedly shooting a man in the leg at his law office. Oh, and Venie’s wife filmed the whole thing on her cell phone, including the unarmed victim holding out his empty hands. [ABA Journal]

    * Lawyers for the Amish men and women charged with forcibly cutting the beards and hair of their “perceived enemies” say they were motivated by compassion, not hatred. Sometimes you’ve just got to let someone know her haircut’s not doing her any favors. [NY Times]

    * In First Amendment news, the D.C. Circuit court has invalidated an FDA regulation requiring cigarette companies to place warning labels on packages. Is this a victory for free speech, or for big tobacco? [The Atlantic]

    4 Comments / / Aug 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    Morning Docket: 03.25.11

    * In the Barry Bonds trial, an expert on steroids described how the government injected a bunch of baboons with the drug Bonds is accused of using. I, for one, welcome our new baboon overlords. [ESPN] * Some Amish in Kentucky are fighting a regulation that requires reflective safety triangles on their buggies. Say they’d […]

    22 Comments / / Mar 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM

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