Monthly Archives: September 2010

Liberty Gets Used Up Only When Not in Use

For some interesting stuff about a US Citizen's almost-never-exercised right to remain silent when re-entering the United States, and the punitive responses it incites from our public servants, see Paul Karl Lukacs, I Am Detained By The Feds For Not Answering Questions and the sequels, 10 Brief Responses To 700 Comments About Refusing To Answer Questions At Passport Control and More Law: Refusing To Answer Questions At U.S. Passport Control.

Here's how it begins:

I was detained last night by federal authorities at San Francisco International Airport for refusing to answer questions about why I had travelled outside the United States.

The end result is that, after waiting for about half an hour and refusing to answer further questions, I was released — because U.S. citizens who have produced proof of citizenship and a written customs declaration are not obligated to answer questions.

* * *

“Why were you in China?” asked the passport control officer, a woman with the appearance and disposition of a prison matron.

“None of your business,” I said.

Her eyes widened in disbelief.

Lawyers and others may want to read Split Circuits, N.D. Georgia Notes Split Re: Whether Use of Pre-Arrest Silence in Government’s Case-in-Chief Violates Fifth Amendment

(Found via Pogo Was Right, Pointer: More Law: Refusing To Answer Questions At U.S. Passport Control)

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The Package Saga, Round Two

package.jpgYes, it's what I ordered….but it's defective. One of the major features just doesn't work.

I've emailed the seller for an RMA.

Not sure if I want an exchange, or my money back and try getting it somewhere else.

I Am Not Happy.

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The Package Saga Comes to an End

The package arrived. At last.

Delivered MIAMI FL 33146 09/25/10 4:21pm

And it appears to actually contain what I ordered. So I can get back to blogging about other things, I suppose.

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Where’s My Package? (VI)

No-Priority-Mail.gifThis is definitely hopeful:

All sorting has been completed at the delivery unit for today's deliveries at 8:59 am on September 25, 2010 in MIAMI, FL 33146.

Detailed Results:

• Sorting Complete, September 25, 2010, 8:59 am, MIAMI, FL 33146

Finally, the right zip code!

* Where's My Package? (V)
* Where's My Package? (IV)
* Where's My Package? (III)
* Where's My Package? (II)
* Where's My Package?

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Florida Bar Pass Rates 2010

Since I posted bar pass data in the last two years, I'll do it again:

Florida, 86.8%
Florida State, 86.2 %
Miami, 86.0%
Florida International, 84.2%
Nova Southeastern, 80.8%


Stetson, 78.8%
Florida Coastal, 78.8%
St. Thomas, 78.7%
Barry, 74.7%


Ave Maria, 64.0%
Florida A&M, 62.5%

Note that the top three schools are less than 1% apart. Note also that results are not as meaningful as they may seem, since they don't tell you how many graduates took out-of-state bar exams, nor how they did. Not to mention a whole bunch of other reasons.

[Update (9/27): Full stats including number of test-takers here.]

Earlier posts:

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Quidditch Meets the Law

Further to my discovery of college Muggles Playing Quidditch, it seems Mike Madison was there long before me — in 2007 no less.

Plus he set out some interesting thoughts on Quidditch and Copyright. The comments are interesting too.

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Where’s My Package? (V)

No-Priority-Mail.gifOK, this is vaguely hopeful:

Your item was processed through and left our OPA LOCKA, FL 33054 facility on September 24, 2010. The item is currently in transit to the destination. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.

I just hope the “destination” is me. Nothing in today's mail, so I guess I'll find out tomorrow…

Meanwhile my package continues its Florida vacation.

In light of some of the entertaining (thank you!) comments on previous postings, I should mention that this is only the second time in at least ten years that something ordered online hasn't turned up more or less when it should. Admittedly, the bulk of those purchases shipped UPS or FedEx, but some appreciable fraction, including purchases from abroad, came USPS.

* Where's My Package? (IV)
* Where's My Package? (III)
* Where's My Package? (II)
* Where's My Package?

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