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You Have the Right to Babble Like an Idiot

“If they don’t Mirandize you at the time they arrest you, then the District Attorney can’t file a case.  You win!  Keep the Officer distracted and ask him questions.  They may forget to read you the Miranda warning!”     Oh, for the love of God.     This little gem came off one of those YouTube shorts I saw this...

How to Win Friends and Influence Students

How to Win Friends and Influence Students

  “Unilateralism breeds the arrogance of ignorance… and ignorance breeds bad policy.”     Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. penned that phrase in an article in Foreign Affairs back in the late 1980s and it always struck me as having a universal truth attached to it.  He was speaking about a single country engaging in military adventurism without strong allied...

Not Guilty

Last week I wrote a blog about the Kyle Rittenhouse testimony immediately after he finished testifying.     I was nervous the jury was going to return a verdict before the blog went out the following Wednesday.  As it turns out that was not something I needed to be worried about.   I am writing this blog post on...

The Rittenhouse Testimony

Well.   I’m writing this blog on Wednesday, November 10th at 14:43. The Kyle Rittenhouse testimony has just concluded. Normally I tend to write these things towards the end of the week and pray that nothing major happens over the next few days that would make this blog moot. That clearly may happen in this case. The...

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Professionalism at Arms, Part Deux

Professionalism at Arms, Part Deux   The fire crackled loudly causing me to lift my eyes from my copy of Dante’s Inferno and glance toward the hearth.   “Concerned that the Seventh Plane of Hell is opening its gates for you, Captain?”, the Major said from his chair with a chuckle.   “I believe that, in the final analysis, my dear...

US Constitution

H.R. 127

Over the last week I have received a ton of emails and phone calls about HR 127. This is understandable, as the bill itself is an extraordinarily egregious abrogation of a slew of our Constitutional rights.   I’ll use this space to go over some of the more “interesting” aspects of it but, in the end, I...

Artemis Banner for Blog: People v. Yang

People v Yang

People v Yang OMFG!!!! Last week a couple of clients sent me links to a news story about a case in Northern California called People v Yang. Here are the facts of the case: Yang lives in Tulare.  He is a law abiding citizen, and possess a CCW permit.  He also was one of the thousands of individuals that...

LA County Sheriff Rescinds

The LA County Sheriff

Le Petit Tyran Last week the Sheriff of Los Angeles County (Sheriff Alex Villanueva) decided to start making orders and granting interviews.  His proclamations were hysterical, misguided, legally dubious, and Constitutionally volatile.  I suspect once this whole thing is over Sheriff Villanueva will become Mr. Villanueva, and will probably suffer a substantially depleted bank account from loosing...

Sparks in Virginia

Sparks in Virginia Years ago, one of our instructors emeritus Margie was giving a presentation on sex crime prevention and reduction.  (Margie at the time was an investigator with the Orange County Sheriff….she has since held positions as Chief of Police Services for a South Orange County city, and recently was promoted into the “Puzzle Palace”...

AB 392

The officer and the department would counter that their actions were consistent with Graham and the officer’s actions were objectively reasonable under the circumstances. Since they are a government agency or actor, they enjoy what is referred to as “qualified immunity”… another way of saying “immune to civil suit”.