Wednesday Writs for 1/2/19


Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    L8: At least Michelangelo is legal now. Leonardo and Raphael are still running around in defiance of the law.

    PS the why of the nunchucks ban is some weapons grade stupid.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain says:

      Assuming Raphael is carrying a pair of traditional sai, they are not sharpened weapons (no edge, no point) so would fall under laws for batons/truncheons. In New York, it appears that batons are only illegal if they are between 24 and 26 inches in length, and less than 1.25 inches in diameter. Now I’m curious about the very narrow range of lengths that are illegal…Report

      • Avatar Jaybird says:

        They thought about making batons longer than that illegal but someone yelled “maybe we could finally arrest the Mets!”

        So Casey Jones is still okay.Report

      • Avatar Road Scholar says:

        It is curious. Wikipedia informs me that police batons have ranged from about 12 inches for a “daystick” up to three feet for a riot stick. A “nightstick” is about 26″ long and seems like the sort of thing you see on cop shows, so maybe the idea was to outlaw them for civilian use.

        I carry a “tire thumper” that looks to be somewhat less than 24″ long so I guess I’m legal.Report

  2. Avatar PD Shaw says:

    [L2]: One person’s frivolous lawsuit can be one judge’s journey of discovery.Report

    • Avatar PD Shaw says:

      Looking at the filings in the link, the Court has not necessarily decided that Happy is a person. The plaintiff specifically argues that that bridge does not need to be crossed yet.

      It does seem like some sort of bridge has been crossed (in New York at least), leading to a a future in which NGOs empowered by legal process delivered by men in uniform brandishing assault weapons demand that Fluffy’s owner appear before the tribunal to explain himself. If he argues Fluffy is not a human, she’s just a cat; then inhumane treatment is basically conceded.Report

  3. [L5] That sounds like a really bad attempt to excuse rotten behavior. “Why would you say such a thing?” “Uh … Trump?”Report

  4. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    L3: If this were made into a movie, there would be two plot lines. One would be is that the nuns stole 500K on a zany scheme to save the school/orphanage from vaguely defined evil people who want to threaten the school or orphanage for shits and giggles. I don’t think I need to outline the plot of the more adult/less family friendly version.Report

  5. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    L1: I wonder if any of the people involved in the case made a Batman joke during the hearings.Report

  6. Avatar bookdragon says:

    [L8]: My son’s holiday gift to me were nunchucks, that he picked up on a Japanese 101 field trip to a market in NJ. Now I appreciate them even more. (Next we have to get the ban in PA on throwing stars over turned. I realize they are not as much a defensive weapon as nunchucks, but if I can own throwing knives, and people can walk around with AR-15s…)Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      I love weapons like nunchucks or throwing stars/knives. If ever there was a class of weapons that are more likely to cause injury or embarrassment to an assailant who has not spent considerable time training with them…

      I remember when I first expressed an interest in nunchucks, and a family friend got me two pair, a nice set of oak ones, and a set that was PVC pipe with an internal weight, and a foam rubber covering. He told me that when I could use the foam rubber set without braining myself, he would let me have the oak ones. I didn’t see the oak ones for a while.Report

      • Avatar bookdragon says:

        I expect it will take me awhile too. Fortunately one of the higher ranked black belts in my dojo seems to be quite proficient (won weapons forms at the last tourney with an impressive nunchucks kata) so I’m hoping to get lessons from him.Report