"If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts," goes the old legal adage. "If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table." A newly published federal court decision, writes Steven Greenhut, found the California Public Employees' Retirement System was merely banging the legal table with its "iron fist" in the Stockton bankruptcy case, with the judge rejecting the pension fund's argument that California cities could not reduce pension benefits even in bankruptcy.
"My cousin committed suicide while on duty at the armory after coming home from a tour abroad."
In the best of all possible worlds, such actions wouldn't be necessary. In the current climate, boycotting social media might spark a return to a robust marketplace of ideas.
The Utah Supreme Court upheld a six-month suspension without pay, based in part (though not entirely) on these remarks; the judge has a history of past discipline on other grounds as well.
"I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since."
What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?