April 19 roundup

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), key vote on tort reform in upper house, plans Texas visit to raise funds from trial lawyers [Palmetto Business Daily]
  • “Indeed, most major law schools have fewer conservatives or libertarians on their faculty than can be found on the U.S. Supreme Court.” [Jonathan Adler, Martin Center]
  • Anti-craft-beer bill, Marilyn Mosby followup, legislature rescinds earlier Article V calls, Baltimore minimum wage in my latest Maryland roundup;
  • Man given $190 ticket for having pet snake in park off-leash. Off leash? [John Hult, Sioux Falls Argus-Leader]
  • As victim’s wife looks on, identity thief and 20-time illegal border crosser testifies that he fathered two of victim’s children [Brad Heath on Twitter citing Judge Bea ‘s opinion in U.S. v. Plascencia-Orozco, Ninth Circuit]
  • Central California: “State and federal legislation take new aim at predatory ADA lawsuits” [Garth Stapley, Modesto Bee]


  • Large constricting snakes extremely rarely eat humans, but they will eat cats and dogs if they get a chance. They are now the apex predator in the Florida Evergldes

    • Well, they are tied with alligators.

      Attempts by pythons to eat full grown alligators are not unknown, but all the cases I am aware of ended in a draw. The python managed to kill the alligator but the snake ruptures and dies after swallowing the alligator. I’m not sure why, in theory a large python should be able to handle even larger prey than the alligator.

    • Of course, there would be nothing even slightly unusual about a rule forbidding persons to bring snakes into a public park. The puzzle in this case is whether the law could have had in mind some distinction between snakes on leash and snakes not on leash, as well as how a snake leash would work.