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May 13, 2013

In Chicago for symposium on "Gun Violence and the Second Amendment"

As detailed on this webpage, I am on a panel this morning at the Union League Club of Chicago to help kick off a "symposium on the issue of gun violence and the Second Amendment, co-sponsored by ULCC Public Affairs and the Chicago Bar Association." Here are the details:

ULCC Public Affairs and its Subcommittee on the Administration of Justice, in partnership with the Chicago Bar Association's Human Rights Committee, presents a half-day (8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) symposium with expert panelists focusing on efforts to curtail gun violence and the parameters of the Second Amendment....

The event begins with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and a panel discussion on the scope and impact of the Second Amendment on the issue of gun violence prevention, moderated by Professor Ann Lousin of the John Marshall Law School.  Panelists for this segment include David G. Sigale (plaintiff's attorney in McDonald, et al v. City of Chicago), Professor Geoffrey R. Stone (former provost of The University of Chicago and dean of its law school), and Professor Douglas Berman (Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University Law School).

The mid-morning panel, titled "Public Policy Initiatives Related to Gun Control and Gun Violence," will review state and federal legislative responses to gun violence as well as social concerns correlated with gun violence, such as poverty and lack of educational and employment opportunities.  The discussion will be moderated by J. Timothy Eaton of Shefsky & Froelich and will feature panelists Professor Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago; Juliet Leftwich, Legal Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and John Tillman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute.

As reported in this SCOTUSblog post, the Supreme Court is slated to release orders and opinions at the exact time of my panel discussion.  Based on the blogging variation on Murphy's Law, I am predicting this means that SCOTUS will hand down this morning some of the big sentencing decisions I have been eagerly awaiting, and in turn that I will need a lot more time than usual to report and assses whatever happens.  (Of course, the very fact that I am making this prediction could mean that SCOTUS decides today only some more boring civil rulings that I and other sentencing fans can just ignore.)

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An example of fatal "car violence":

(CNN) Thu May 9, 2013 -- A Mississippi teenager faces 27 years in prison after running over and killing a man walking along a rural highway in a case the victim's family called a hate crime … He was sentenced to 20 years on the manslaughter charge and an additional, consecutive seven years for burglary.

Matthew Darby, 18, pleaded guilty earlier this week to manslaughter in the July 2012 death of 61-year-old Johnny Lee Butts. Companions put Darby at the wheel of the white Chevrolet that hit Butts …
Butts was black. Two teens who were in the car the morning Butts was killed said they and Darby -- all white -- had been
drinking vodka and smoking marijuana all night.

Butts' family met with Darby in jail for three hours last week, their lawyer, Wilbur Colom, said Thursday…

"In the end, we were not convinced it wasn't a hate crime," Colom said. "But in the end, we were also not convinced we would get anything more desirable than 27 years."

Posted by: Adamakis | May 13, 2013 11:30:06 AM

Off topic but just-in: Supreme Court just ruled that Monsanto has a right to sue you for planting in the ground a seed sold for feeding cows, bought from a seed company, that was the offspring of one of their seeds previously planted for soybeans. The defendant had previously signed an agreement not to re use Monsanto seeds. Had Bowman the farmer leased his lands to Joebob and JoeBob bought the cow feed seeds and replanted and obtained seeds then JoeBob who had not signed the agreement would be Scott Free and his seeds repugnant to the insecticide. So Future Farmers of America do not sign on the line with any agreement with Monsanto. And find a way to copy Round Up too. This is going to be known as the Kagan Doctrine and will bode ill for Democrats running for office in farm country.

Posted by: liberty1st | May 13, 2013 12:40:09 PM

So far, the ironic headline of the year.

"Chicago" and "2nd Amendment" are about as bipolar as Barack Obama and Pat Buchanan.

Posted by: Eric Knight | May 13, 2013 2:24:49 PM

How about a panel on how to end the witch hunt against white males who use guns to protect themselves and others, by the VFL's prosecutors of Florida and of Illinois?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | May 14, 2013 12:58:29 AM

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