The dangers of “Caylee’s Law”

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July 18, 2011
by Steve Chapman  
Posted in Commentary

"It was once suggested, as a general rule of staying alive, never to fly on an airline named after a state or the owner. As a general rule of sound government, it's also a good idea never to enact a law named after a person. Personalizing criminal law usually stems from fruitless outrage at a freakish event. Plenty of legislators are ignoring that risk. Their proposals, all going by the name 'Caylee's Law,' are an understandable response to the acquittal of Casey Anthony of killing her 2-year-old daughter. Swearing when you stub your toe is also understandable, which doesn't mean it will do your toe the slightest good." (07/18/11)  

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