March 24 roundup

  • Jury orders Dutchess County, N.Y. school district to pay $1.25 million for not adequately addressing classmate harassment of “very dark skinned” half-Latino student; district protests that it had extensively pursued diversity/sensitivity programs [Poughkeepsie Journal]
  • More unwisdom: “Oklahoma House of Representatives Proposes Ban on Use of Foreign Law in Oklahoma Courts” [Volokh, earlier on Arizona bill]
  • Update: California environment czars won’t ban black cars, but watch out for what reflective-layer window mandates might do to cellphones and tollgate transponders [ShopFloor, earlier]
  • “Firm Sanctioned for ‘Perfect Storm’ of Improper Practices in Debt Collection” [NYLJ]
  • Critic of lie detector technology says U.K. libel law has silenced him [Times Online] Science journalist Simon Singh says fighting chiropractors’ libel suit is so draining that he’s quitting his column for the Guardian [Guardian, Citizen Media Law]
  • Florida: father who lost wife, son in murder/suicide at gun range drops lawsuit against the store [Orlando Sentinel]
  • Appeals court declines to overturn Mary Roberts sextortion conviction [, opinion, related, earlier]
  • Corporation for Public Newspapering? Stimulus bucks go to “public-interest investigative journalism” [SFWeekly]


  • A reflective layer in the windshield would also interfere with the operation of radar detectors, if it blocks electromagnetic radiation. Of course some people would think that this is a good idea, but, I am not one of them.

  • Dutchess County, New York is not Marion County, California. $1.25 million is a lot of money for the residents of Dutchess County. One trouble with harassment suits, whether sexual or racial, is that the purported victim gets to define the crime. With physical assault one can record number and severity of bruises or broken bones, but how do we know that the boy was in a living hell? I advise the boy never to marry,

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