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Washington Post: Should Laughter be a Federal Crime?

Washington Post, May 3, 2017 Arresting someone for laughing may sound funny, but it’s no joke  I was once kicked out of the Supreme Court for laughing. The charges against Desiree Fairooz are serious business. By James Bovard The Justice Department is prosecuting a woman who laughed during a Senate hearing to confirm Jeff Sessions […]

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FFF: My Supreme Court Fashion Reject

From the Future of Freedom Foundation – SUPREME FASHION REJECT by James Bovard “You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth,” the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen declared in his famous play An Enemy of the People.  Unfortunately, the justices on the Supreme Court of the United […]

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From Hooligan: How I Got Kicked Out of the Supreme Court

The @HLMenckenbot had a great Mencken quote on Twitter this morning: “The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.” It never occurred me that laughing in court could be a crime punishable by jail time.  But maybe […]

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