Legal Selfies

After an extended absence, Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo deliver one of the most energetic shows in the history of the faculty lounge. First up: was President Obama justified in trying to keep 9/11 families from suing the Saudi government? Then, will an Asian rock band from Portland hold the key to the Washington Redskins’ dispute with the federal government? (Believe us, it will make sense when you hear it.) Then a trip around the country, from school choice in Nevada to the rights of African-American criminal suspects in Massachusetts to the use of Snapchat in New Hampshire voting booths.

All that plus Yoo’s Korean bbq tips, Epstein’s unlikely hat-tip to Sex and the City, and a member of the faculty lounge who’s deeply confused about how selfies work.

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  1. ModEcon Inactive

    Well, its hard to take the selfy law seriously, but I would agree with it.

    I would say that a prohibition on taking pictures in a polling place would be reasonable. Also, as mentioned the possibility of buying votes is indeed worthwhile regulating.

    However, I would have thought that the most pernicious aspect is the intimidation aspect. No one has the right to demand to know how you, personally, voted. I have heard of men with baseball bats outside polling places and such as intimidating factors. While I doubt a significant portion of the electorate could be coerced like that, I would not want to see a group ( like a college group, union, or any such public or private entity) attempt to force its members into voting one way by demanding to see proof of your ballot.

    The protection of being able to vote in private seems a good thing to keep especially nowadays when politics has abandoned reason for aggravated tribe mentalities. While a prohibition against selfies would not likely be significant in stopping such intimidation, I agree with the professors that an attempt to force the courts to allow selfies, does not seem a good direction for reasonable regulations of voting methods or freedom from coercion .

    I must also note that I would strongly disagree with allowing the two party ballot system of prefilled ballots. That would be a hindrance to voting for specific individual choices (ballot initiatives, candidates, etc.) or against, like a conservative Republican neverTrump vote.

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    • October 9, 2016, at 2:21 AM PDT
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  2. PJS Inactive
    PJS Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    So who is coming to the live Law Talk in NYC? Besides me?

    Professors: shall we have a field trip to the deli?

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    • October 10, 2016, at 6:34 AM PDT
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  3. Blue Yeti Admin

    PJS:So who is coming to the live Law Talk in NYC? Besides me?

    Professors: shall we have a field trip to the deli?

    That was discussed after the show. We’re thinking about it.

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    • October 10, 2016, at 9:23 AM PDT
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