“Give me a lawyer dog” apparently refers to some strange animal only found in Louisiana that has four legs, wags it’s tail, and has a law degree. What’s in the News with stories on prostitution, a Catalonia update, my October Contest Winners, a nurse Wubbels update, Trump’s Twitter, DUI on a horse, and free-market vs. government. Also, and Ancap App segment with updates on Open Bazaar and Signal. And, a Burning Books segment on Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day.
WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES
In one of the most egregious examples of justice being denied I have ever seen, this one really rustled my jimmies.
The courts in Louisiana have shown utter disregard for reason, logic, rationality, and common sense in the case of Warren Demesme, who was 22 at the time of his arrest. Warren was being interrogated by New Orleans police in October 2015 after two young girls claimed he had sexually assaulted them. It was the second time he’d been brought in, and he was getting a little frustrated, court records show. He had repeatedly denied the crime.
Finally, Demesme told the detectives:
“This is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog ’cause this is not what’s up.”
Sometime after this, Demesme made admissions to the crime, prosecutors said, and was charged with aggravated rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. He is being held in the Orleans Parish jail awaiting trial.
The punctuation and spelling, arguably critical to Demesme’s use of the nickname “dog,” was provided by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office in a brief, and then adopted by Louisiana Associate Supreme Court Justice Scott J. Crichton. The sentence in question is officially in the brief as “give me my lawyer dog” with no comma between the words lawyer and dog and with the word dog spelled d-o-g.
WHAT’S IN THE NEWS
In the war on prostitution news, a federal court heard arguments recently challenging California’s criminalization of prostitution, in a case that could have implications for sex work laws across the nation.
In a Catalan independence update, Spanish officials moved in to arrest the Catalan government’s leadership last week. President Carles Puigdemont and a number of members of the cabinet fled to Brussels, Belgium. Spain then issued an international arrest warrant for Puigdemont and a Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium to arrest Puigdemont and four associates after they ignored a court order to return to Spain.
In a nurse Wubbels update, as I expected, the taxpayers are the losers in this situation. University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels has agreed to a $500,000 payment to settle a dispute over her arrest by a Salt Lake City police officer after she barred him from drawing blood from an unconscious patient, her attorney said Tuesday.
In national security news, apparently, a rogue employee of Twitter shut down President Trump’s account on his last day on the job. The deactivation Thursday sparked deep and troubling questions about who has access to the president’s personal account, @realDonaldTrump, and the power that access holds.
In free markets for the win news, Tesla has used its solar panels and batteries to restore reliable electricity at San Juan’s Hospital del Niño (Children’s Hospital), in what company founder Elon Musk calls “the first of many solar+battery Tesla projects going live in Puerto Rico.”
And, finally, in some show news, we’ve created a Facebook group for Pax Libertas Productions for all of you to interact with all of the PLP podcast hosts. I’m in there, of course, as is Brian McQuade from Resist the Empire, and Scott McDonald and Adam Brown from Ancap Barber Shop.
Two apps that have been featured in this segment in the past have had some significant updates that I want to let you know about.
First, OpenBazaar, the free online marketplace with no platform fees and no restrictions has just released their 2.0 version. OpenBazaar is a different way to do online commerce. It’s a peer to peer application that doesn’t require middlemen, which means no fees & no restrictions. OpenBazaar connects people directly via a peer to peer network. Data is distributed across the network instead of storing it in a central database.
Version 2.0 is a completely new network, separate from the earlier version of the OpenBazaar network. They learned a lot from the 1.0 version, and with this information, they’ve made the new OpenBazaar one of the most user-friendly decentralized applications ever built. They’ve added lots of highly requested features as well.
The other product with an update is one that I use almost daily. The Signal encrypted messaging app now has a full desktop app for Mac, Windows, and Linux. The previously had a Google Chrome app for the product that they’be now replaced with the full desktop version, so if you previously had the Chrome version, you will need to install this new desktop version.
I heard about this book, Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, when the author, Johann Hari, was on episode 86 of Felony Friday with John Odermatt as part of the Lions of Liberty network. A few weeks later, it was on sale on Audible for $4.99, so I picked it up and listened to it.