Prop 66 proponents claim their deeply flawed ballot initiative will turbo-charge California’s machinery of death by ensuring that all death penalty appeals are decided within five years.
All around San Francisco Bay on July 4th, brightly colored fireworks lit up the night sky. It’s a fun tradition. But how much do the rockets’ red glare pollute the bay?
I hate to weigh in on this topic because I know it will bring me nothing but grief. However, facing hot topics is sometimes a newspaper’s obligation. So here we go.
In a famous Supreme Court case in 1919 (Schneck v. United States), Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes, Jr. said that “the most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater and causing panic.”
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