- Crash-faking for insurance money, long a U.S. problem, happening in U.K. too [Legal Futures, Telegraph, compare]
- $5000 and an apology for a racist comment on AirBnB? Sounds good. Community service? Even better. A college course too? Why not? Plus more community service? Sure! [The Guardian, ABA Journal; settlement presided over by California state agency]
- Encyclopedia of Libertarianism now free online thanks to Cato Institute. My contribution was on Thomas Macaulay;
- Conservatives! Victory lies within reach! All you need to give up are your principles! [Jeremy Carl and Mark Krikorian, NRO, on idea of regulating social media and Internet providers as public utilities; more from Electronic Frontier Foundation on the new wave of electronic de-platforming; related yesterday on business ostracism]
- Per Judge Easterbrook, caption tells story of case: “The City of South Bend, Indiana, is suing one of its constituent parts.” [City of South Bend v. South Bend Common Council, Seventh Circuit]
- “Difficulty proving ‘criminal intent’ should be ‘a severe, even disabling, obstacle to prosecution.'” [Caleb Kruckenberg on this New Yorker piece deploring lack of more white-collar convictions]
Speaking as I was in the Times farm-bill symposium of what I call isometric government, in which different subsidies or regulations tend to cancel out each others’ effect, reminds me of this L.A. Times story recently blogged by Gideon Kanner: government has required that public beaches be carved out of prime Malibu coastline, but then keeps those beaches mostly inaccessible to the public: “In fact, officials discourage visitors from trying to reach the shore from the highway above out of concern that they will be injured scrambling down the 20-foot bluff,” in the words of reporter Tony Barboza.