/ February 20, 2014

Episode 18: Cybercrime Accomplice Liability for Tech Companies?

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Ed Walters, the single best CEO at Fastcase, joins us today. Consider rewarding my guest-getting attitude by subscribing to the podcast and rating us five stars on iTunes!

1. I purposefully decided not to discuss on the podcast Justice Scalia’s recent comments on Chicago deep dish pizza because I didn’t think they were news worthy. But now I’m too amused by the response from a Chicago pizzeria owner proposing a Chicago/New York pizza throw down not to mention it in passing. Whatever your opinion of Justice Scalia, I’ll bet money he’s too smart to eat a pizza prepared by anyone from the Greater Chicagoland Area.

2. Along the lines of the Law.com changes we’ve discussed, Robert Ambrogi reports that the Law.com Blog Network is dissolving with the incoming changes. Not terribly surprising as they seem to be taking a lot of steps to ensure the quality of new curated content.

3. As is uncomfortably common in the area of cyberlaw, a recent law review article by Brenton Martin and Jeremiah Newhall discusses the fractured jurisprudence surrounding the possibility of criminal accomplice culpability of technology service providers. The counter-example I’m going to discuss on the podcast from Judge Richard Posner should be enough of a reason for you to listen to this episode. (Gavel bang to CrimProf Blog.)

4. Being from New England, I didn’t even know corporal punishment was still a thing. (Apparently it’s alive and well in many states according to this map.) Nonetheless, the limitations of not hitting children hard enough to leave marks or bruising aren’t lenient enough for at least one Kansas legislator who proposes the following amendment to the definition of corporal punishment:

“Corporal punishment” means up to ten forceful applications in succession of a bare, open-hand palm against the clothed buttocks of a child and any such reasonable physical force on the child as may be necessary to hold, restrain or control the child in the course of maintaining authority over the child, acknowledging that redness or bruising may occur on the tender skin of a child as a result. As used in this subsection “child” includes a person over the age of 18 who is enrolled in high school.

5. I’m going to see The Magic Flute in a few months and now I have something to psych me up for it. Legal Bisnow is reporting on the first successful read-through of Derrick Wang’s Magic Flute-like opera about Justices Scalia and Ginsburg passing through three cosmic trials while “coming to some agreements on certain points of law.” It makes me sad that I really want to see this.

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