Jacob Sullum

Oregon is considering legislation that would once again criminalize low-level drug possession. Treating drug users as criminals unjustly punishes people for conduct that violates no one’s rights, Jacob Sullum writes.
You might think a law that criminalizes journalism is obviously unconstitutional. But if so, you are wrong, according to a decision by the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
This election is a test of how much voters care about things like praising dictators and whether presidents should have blanket immunity for committing crimes. In Trump’s view, accountability is the enemy of effectiveness, Jacob Sullum writes.
The folly of attaching “infinite value” to a life saved by government regulation should be obvious, Jacob Sullum writes. If that value were infinite, it would justify any policy that promises to save lives.
From Rudy Giuliani to Joe Biden, many public officials rolled out a parade of excuses when accused of questionable behavior in 2023, Jacob Sullum writes.
Former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani lawyer could have avoided a massive defamation verdict by presenting his “definitively clear” evidence of election fraud. But he didn’t.
A so-called “trial penalty” helps explain why, contrary to the impression left by movies and TV shows, criminal cases almost never go to trial, Jacob Sullum writes.
Her position in Kelo v. New London was partly vindicated when some states enacted laws aimed at discouraging eminent domain abuse, Jacob Sullum writes.
The shift from smoking to vaping is indisputably an improvement in terms of health risks, so making e-cigarettes less attractive to current and former smokers is detrimental.