Wednesday Writs: Pre-Trial Publicity and Jury Bias in Irvin v. Dowd


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:

    L10: At least it’s not a Piccolo.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    L8: Hoo, boy. This one is going to get messy. If I wanted to get a bunch of landlords to put their houses on the market, I’d find for the mothers.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird says:

    With Illinois making weed legal as of today, there are now only 11 states where marijuana remains fully illegal.

    There are 10 states where it’s fully legal (up through recreational).

    And the rest of the states are somewhere between “medicinal CBD oil only” and “medicinal marijuana but recreational is decriminalized”.

    I don’t understand how Congress *STILL* hasn’t done anything.Report

    • Avatar James K in reply to Jaybird says:

      I can’t imagine expecting Congress to do anything other than nothing.Report

    • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to Jaybird says:

      As a near-universal rule in US legislatures, the members are older, whiter, richer, and more conservative than their constituencies. Congressional leadership, which controls what matters will receive serious consideration, are very old (McConnell is 78; the top three Democrats in the House are 79, 79, and 80). There is a drastic difference of opinion about legalization between the Silent Generation (to which those Congressional leaders belong) and everyone else. Congress isn’t going to do anything until the leadership is Boomers or younger.Report

      • Avatar Jaybird in reply to Michael Cain says:

        I suppose that I can appreciate that, I guess, a little… but McConnell is a senator for a state that has a complicated relationship to hemp (at the very least) and a bill that goes from the House to the Senate would be a great shot across the bow for whomever took it against the opposite party.

        I mean, something as simple as a rescheduling it to Schedule II would be something that would be a huge photo opportunity for some young hungry Congresscritter.Report

  4. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Here’s a copy of a receipt from a purchase in illinois:

    That’s .17 ounces. Not an eighth, but not a quarter. A sixth, I guess.


    Rounding up to a quarter, I’ll say that this guy I know paid $55 for a quarter in 1993.
    Going to an inflation calculator, $55 1993 dollars amounts to $96.51 2018 dollars.

    Now, I reckon that the weed is of much higher quality than was available to this guy I know back in 1993, but still.Report

    • Avatar PD Shaw in reply to Jaybird says:

      Now you can see the type of legislature that will support legalization, one that plans to tax the living hell out of it to balance the budget and support compensatory spending on constituent communities.Report

      • Avatar Michael Cain in reply to PD Shaw says:

        They need to proceed with caution. Of the states that now have a year or more under their belts with recreational marijuana, Nevada underestimated their tax revenue, Colorado was spot on, and the rest overestimated by anything from a little to a lot.

        At least one of the smallish states that visited Colorado to ask about the experience were very disappointed at what the Colorado models said their tax revenue would be. They chose not to legalize.Report

        • Avatar PD Shaw in reply to Michael Cain says:

          Are you suggesting Illinois should be smart about financial matters? 🙂

          Experts have said Illinois’ model for extracting revenue is far too aggressive, what that means I guess we’ll find out. Note that the receipt above don’t include various other licensing and operating fees that don’t show up as a sales tax.

          The main point I wanted to emphasize though is that the reasons legalization might pass a referendum, through the state legislature or through the federal government might be very different.Report