“If it’s a carefully constructed set of principles, it could carry a lot of weight even if not everyone agrees,”
Mr. Wales said.
Monday, April 09, 2007
The sheer number of people who believe Pelosi should be
prosecuted under the Logan Act is fascinating. I wonder why they think the political impact of an unpopular president using a Dead Letter law to seek the incaraceration of a popular House Speaker over a policy dispute would be.
In general, the Act is intended to prohibit United States
citizens without authority from interfering in relations between the United
States and foreign governments. Although attempts have been made to repeal the
Act, it remains law and at least a potential sanction to be used against anyone
who without authority interferes in the foreign relations of the United
Using his reference, Matt also believes the Second Amendment is a Dead Letter as well.
A dead letter can also refer to anything that has outlived its
relevance, such as a law which has not been revoked but is obsolete,
unapplicable, or no longer enforced. This includes, but is not limited to blue
laws. Another example, in Parker v. District of Columbia: "In
short, we take the District’s position to be that the Second Amendment is a dead
He also has a problem in that the comments he cites as from LGF aren’t from LGF, but from Reason.