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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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I've been on a Norman Rockwell kick lately. This was the Saturday Evening Post cover from January 1, 1944. I especially like the expressions of the soldiers in the photographs.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Publishing the Memoirs of Convicted Criminals Permitted

Some states have Son of Sam laws which prevent convicted criminals from publishing their memoirs for profit. New York State enacted such a law in 1977. However, in 1991 the Supreme Court struck down New York's law as a violation of the First Amendment in Simon & Schuster v. Crime Victims Board. Here is my illustration of this ruling.

State Supreme Courts struck down Son of Sam laws in California and Nevada as well, citing the Simon & Schuster case as precedent. New York State has since modified its Son of Sam law to make it constitutional (see Legislative Response to Simon & Schuster). However, I did not attempt to illustrate any subsequent changes to legislation.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Um, okay. This story almost competes with this one.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Unflattering Headlines Permitted

In New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, the Supreme Court ruled that public officials could not recover damages for libel from a publisher unless they were able to prove that the publisher acted with actual malice. This means that headlines such as these are permissible.
I decided to illustrate this concept with an actual New York Post headline. In this example, the post disrespects not one, but three U.S. Presidents without fear of consequence. I suppose I could have used this headline as well. Or this. Or this.


I checked my web stats recently, and learned that the top referring keywords to my blog are "bill the cat pfft." And sure enough, when I googled "bill the cat pfft," I came up surprisingly high. So here is the post that started it all.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A Room With a View

Well, we've largely settled into our new apartment in Kew Gardens. And I am happy to say that for the first time ever I have my very own art room. This means significantly less crap in our living room, where my art table was formerly housed. A win-win situation!

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