New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching

New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching

New York’s Pride March Bans Police Officers From Marching   One of the oldest celebrations of the LGBTQ community in the world has been New York City’s annual Pride celebration. The parade began 51 years ago and has long been a symbol of the strength, …..

Bad Bet: Who Can Gamblers Sue For Losing Money On A Doped Horse?

Bad Bet: Who Can Gamblers Sue For Losing Money On A Doped Horse?

Bad Bet: Who Can Gamblers Sue For Losing Money On A Doped Horse? Today Bob Baffert, the trainer of the 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit, admitted today that the now disqualified horse was treated with an anti-fungal ointment called Otomax, which includes betamethasone. That is the …..

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day to all! Today holds a special meaning for me because last year I was with my now 93-year-old mother, Angela Piazza Turley, who was in hospice.  We all thought that would be our last Mother’s Day with her. She …..

Weekend Photos: Just Deserts

Weekend Photos: Just Deserts

Weekend Photos: Just Deserts By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor Semi-arid lands do not often come to mind when one envisions beautiful countryside. One attribute it affords the beholder is its accentuation of geology and a sense of timelessness. Left undisturbed, change is often not of …..

Protesters Deface Billy Goat Trail With Anti-Police Graffiti

Protesters Deface Billy Goat Trail With Anti-Police Graffiti

Protesters Deface Billy Goat Trail With Anti-Police Graffiti As many on this blog know, I am a lifelong hiker and backpacker.  I often do dawn hikes on the Billy Goat trail along the Potomac, one of the most cherished and beautiful areas in the Washington …..

Project Veritas Sues CNN In Latest Media Defamation Lawsuit

Project Veritas Sues CNN In Latest Media Defamation Lawsuit

Project Veritas Sues CNN In Latest Media Defamation Lawsuit Project Veritas has followed through with the pledge of its founder James O’Keefe to sue CNN over coverage of the ban imposed by Twitter (The group also sued Twitter in a separate lawsuit).  There has been …..

The Difficult Realities Of Lethal Force

The Difficult Realities Of Lethal Force

The Difficult Realities Of Lethal Force Below is my column in the Hill on the spate of recent police shootings and the resulting calls for reforms and criminal charges.  Two new incidents have occurred in the last week and both raise serious questions that must …..

Res Ipsa Hits 50,000,000

Res Ipsa Hits 50,000,000

Res Ipsa Hits 50,000,000 Last night, we passed the 50,000,000 mark in views on the blog. I would never have imagined that this little blog (started in a beach house on a lark) could have gone to this size. It is a great testament to …..

Twitter Admits To Censoring Criticism of The Indian Government

Twitter Admits To Censoring Criticism of The Indian Government

Twitter Admits To Censoring Criticism of The Indian Government On Saturday, Twitter admitted that it is actively working with the Indian government to censor criticism of its handling of the pandemic as the number of cases and deaths continues to skyrocket. There are widespread reports …..

This Carriage does it Justice: My New and Bizarre Typewriter

This Carriage does it Justice: My New and Bizarre Typewriter

This Carriage does it Justice: My New and Bizarre Typewriter By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor It had been a while since my latest purchase of strange technology pieces, the most recent being a telephone having both a rotary dial and a touch-tone pad. But the …..

Columbus Shooting Sparks Protests Despite Videotape Showing Knife Attack

Columbus Shooting Sparks Protests Despite Videotape Showing Knife Attack

Columbus Shooting Sparks Protests Despite Videotape Showing Knife Attack The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, in Columbus, Ohio has sparked protests despite the police releasing a videotape that appeared to show Bryant moving to stab another girl.  The incident has strikingly similar legal issues to …..

Protesters Deface The Former Home Of Defense Witness In Chauvin Trial

Protesters Deface The Former Home Of Defense Witness In Chauvin Trial

Protesters Deface The Former Home Of Defense Witness In Chauvin Trial We recently discussed the reckless rhetoric of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Cal., in Minnesota, including declaring that she and protesters would not accept an acquittal in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin.  The …..

What Is The Difference Between The Wright And Bobbitt Shootings?

What Is The Difference Between The Wright And Bobbitt Shootings?

What Is The Difference Between The Wright And Bobbitt Shootings? Photo: Brooklyn Center Police Department Below is column in USA Today on charging decisions in the Wright and Bobbitt shootings. The sharp contrast in the two decisions raises serious questions over the legal and political …..

Turley To Debate The Constitutionality Of The Wealth Tax

Turley To Debate The Constitutionality Of The Wealth Tax

Turley To Debate The Constitutionality Of The Wealth Tax Today, I will be debating the constitutionality of the wealth tax. The Federalist Society has organized today’s debate with Indiana Law Professor David Gamage who co-authored Why A Wealth Tax Is Definitely Constitutional. The event titled “Would …..

Former Officer Kim Potter Charged With Second Degree Manslaughter

Former Officer Kim Potter Charged With Second Degree Manslaughter

Former Officer Kim Potter Charged With Second Degree Manslaughter The former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter has been arrested and charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting of Daunte Wright.  The charge allows for up to ten years in prison but it also has …..

Politicians Again Choose Politics Over Process In The Wright Shooting

Politicians Again Choose Politics Over Process In The Wright Shooting

Politicians Again Choose Politics Over Process In The Wright Shooting Photo: Brooklyn Center Police Department Below is my column in the Hill on the Wright shooting and the continuing prejudicial statements made by political figures. The shooting appears to be an accidental case of “weapon …..

Is Biden’s The Supreme Court Commission Packed To Fail?

Is Biden’s The Supreme Court Commission Packed To Fail?

Is Biden’s The Supreme Court Commission Packed To Fail? Below is my column in The Hill on President Joe Biden’s Commission on the Supreme Court.  While the composition of the makeup of the Commission is now known, the true purpose of the Commission remains in …..

Vaccine Lines and Deplaning Airliners: Similar Strategies

Vaccine Lines and Deplaning Airliners: Similar Strategies

Vaccine Lines and Deplaning Airliners: Similar Strategies By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor Last Sunday afternoon I happened to be at my home-office looking over Professor Turley’s website. He was updating his then recently posted Easter Sunday article and read the following change: “We went to …..

JAMA Editor Fired After Questioning Structural Racism

JAMA Editor Fired After Questioning Structural Racism

JAMA Editor Fired After Questioning Structural Racism We have been discussing efforts to fire professors who voice dissenting views on various issues including an effort to oust a leading economist from the University of Chicago as well as a leading linguistics professor at Harvard and a literature professor at Penn. The cancel …..

NYT: Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon From Trump

NYT: Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon From Trump

NYT: Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon From Trump The New York Times is reporting that Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz asked President Donald Trump for a preemptive pardon at the end of his term. Gaetz is reportedly facing sex trafficking charges and the report would indicate …..

Key Figure in Gaetz Scandal Admits Asking For $25 Million

Key Figure in Gaetz Scandal Admits Asking For $25 Million

Key Figure in Gaetz Scandal Admits Asking For Million Michael Smerconish scored a major hit on his Sirius radio program when he hosted Bob Kent, an ex-Air Force officer, who has been named as one of the individuals allegedly involved in seeking $25 million fro …..

Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings

Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings

Prosecutors Ask Jurors To Dismiss George Floyd Autopsy Findings I previously wrote that the key to conviction in the Derek Chauvin trial (and avoiding a cascading failure in all four cases) is the autopsy findings and the role of drugs (including fentanyl) in the body …..

Happy Easter!!!!

Happy Easter!!!!

Happy Easter!!!! I wanted to send my best wishes everyone celebrating the holiday today. Last year, I wrote about “having the best Easter in the worst of times” due to the pandemic.  Notably, today the family is getting vaccinated with the first open vaccine site …..

Gaetz Could Be Washington’s Latest High-Profile Defamation Defendant

Gaetz Could Be Washington’s Latest High-Profile Defamation Defendant

Gaetz Could Be Washington’s Latest High-Profile Defamation Defendant We have been discussing a slew of defamation actions this year. Indeed, as a torts professor, this could prove the golden age of defamation.  Recently, new such cases were filed against Fox News, CNN, and various public …..

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But . . .

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But . . .

NPR Corrects False Hunter Biden Claim But . . . National Public Radio issued a correction after running a false statement about the laptop of Hunter Biden in a story about Biden’s recent memoir, “Beautiful Things.”  The article by NPR senior editor and correspondent Ron …..