“The state has failed to adequately fund mental health services.”

In response to a lawsuit filed over an attempted suicide at the Pierce County Jail, the Sheriff said that: “The state has failed to adequately fund mental health services. Jails are not meant to be mental-health institutions.” We may disagree about Pierce County’s responsibility for Mr. Ovechka’s suicide attempt, but the Sheriff is right: the […]

A destructive and dangerous weapon that can kill

Last week, Judge Posner wrote an opinion that talked about “flash bangs.” As Judge Posner wrote, these “are explosive devices, similar to but a good deal less lethal than military hand grenades.” They are “intended to stun and disorientate persons, thus rendering them harmless, by emitting blinding flashes of light and deafening sounds.” Although “less […]