I established this site to discuss legal issues of the day using real cases in the news as examples to inform readers about our legal system and the laws that give it form and structure.
I do not want an echo chamber. I want to encourage evidence-based debate in which the ideas expressed stand or fall on their own without regard to whether people like or dislike the person who expressed them.
Readers should feel free to present a hypothesis or theory opening it up to discussion and debate.
I want people to feel safe here, so they will not be afraid to express their ideas. I want to encourage lurkers to participate.
I want people to follow the Golden Rule and treat each other with respect.
Sarcasm and snark are welcome, as is passion and emotion, so long as the purpose of a comment is not to insult or wound another. I do not want people to feel they are in a strait-jacket, however.
We are adults and we should be able to handle criticism. I think we have a general sense of the boundaries of legitimate discussion and debate. If someone strays beyond them, I will warn them. If they persist, I will ban them.
Consider this blog to be an on-line equivalent of a graduate level seminar where people respect each other and feel free to informally express their personalities while refraining from attacking and disparaging others.
A certain amount of decorum is necessary to promote learning and learning is why we gather here.
When in doubt, think before you act and consider the negative expression of the Golden Rule.
Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
From time to time, I will ban someone for violating the warm, welcoming and respectful environment that I seek to establish and promote here.
When I ban someone, I will be doing it with the best interests of our group in mind and, as a professor leading a seminar in graduate school, I will not be soliciting or expecting discussion regarding my motives and the propriety of my decision.
People who seek to derail legitimate discussion for any purpose, including arguing or complaining about decisions to ban others, will be inviting me to ban them.
Discrimination of any kind for any reason is not acceptable.
Racism and sexism are not acceptable.
Threats will not be tolerated.
There is a lot of prejudice in this land against people with brown skin and Muslims and their faith. People are people and we are all together in this adventure we call life.
No one is special because we are all special.
No one is entitled because we are all entitled.
Traffic to this website has increased substantially since I started writing about the Zimmerman case. People are visiting the site from all over the world.
No matter the color of your skin, your gender, sexual preference, the language you speak, the economic class to which you belong, whether you are a believer or not, you are welcome in my house.
Enter and spend some time with us.