Anti-Spam Law Upheld By a narrow 4-3 vote, the Virginia Supreme Court has upheld the criminal conviction of Jeremy Jaynes for violating Virginia's anti-spam law, Larry O'Dell reports for AP. The court rejected Jaynes' arguments on jurisdiction, First Amendment, vagueness, and the Commerce Clause. The dissent accepted the First Amendment overbreadth argument.
Practicing criminal law can be hazardous to your mental health, reports Lynette Hoffman in the Australian. "New research from Macquarie University, to be published in the international journal Traumatology, has found that criminal law work can have profoundly damaging psychological effects."
Loaded firearms in U.S. Parks
Washington Post writer Christopher Lee reports that the U.S Department of Interior is considering easing restrictions on loaded firearms in national parks. The National Rifle Association supports the proposal and favors conforming park rules to state law. Park advocates and rangers’ organizations contend that the new rules would increase illegal hunting and more deadly domestic disputes. According to the article, there are 48 states that allow people to legally carry firearms for self-defense.
Report: Immigrants less likely to be incarcerated
Inside Bay Area reporter Javier Olvera writes that the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reports that the foreign-born population only makes up 17% of state prison inmates, compared with 35% of the adult male population. The story notes "while the findings are surprising, they don't account for a complete relationship between immigration and crime." For example, it doesn’t included crimes like vandalism and shoplifting from immigrants, which results in jail time. Bill Cole, an advocate for laws that deport immigrants who commit crimes, disagrees with the findings. However, Salvador Bustamante agrees with the report because he says, “Immigrants come to the United States to work, often tying to stay under the radar of authorities and away from criminal activity to avoid deportation.”