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John Hughes

John Hughes died today while walking in Manhattan. He was 59 years old. The Breakfast Club was a very special movie for me, and Hughes was a writer and director of singular talent. He will be sorely missed.

Update: via Victor, here's a blog written by a woman who, as a teenager, became John Hughes' pen pal. It's wonderful to learn that one of your heroes was actually a good person, too.

by Christopher Heiser on August 6 19:59

Unintended but Just Consequences

A recent ruling by the Supreme Court may have significant impact on traffic cameras. The SCOTUS ruling said that defendants have the right to challenge their accusers in court, and that the prosecution couldn't simply produce a certificate saying someone (e.g., a lab technician) had produced incriminating evidence.

This strongly suggests that traffic camera violations can be challenged by demanding that those who test and certify these machines show up in court under oath. In many cases the camera companies are compensated based on the volume of violations reported--and are also responsible for the calibration and maintenance of the machines. This ruling could put this conflict of interest right into the courtroom.

by Christopher Heiser on August 6 14:21
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