69 Blog Posts From the MASSACHUSETTS Tag


Acting tough

Like Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney spent decades running for president and lost. Part of his plan was to appear tough on crime with a capital punishment bill so narrowly drafted that it would never be used (and so could never be used against him). Lawmakers rejected his bill and positioned themselves as tough on drunk […]

Remembering a toll opponent

One of the few people who treated the Big Dig as anything other than a blank check died recently. To quote the Cape Cod Times, Christy Mihos, “a grandson of Greek immigrants who was born in Brockton, became famous in the early 2000s as vice chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority when he predicted the […]

It’s like “Operation” with cars

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently ducked an opportunity to clarify a common pretext for traffic stops. A police officer got a tip that a man might have some drugs. But we can’t just go around searching cars because there might be drugs inside. Not in America. We wait for the car wheels to […]

It’s a trap

We were driving down Beaver Street in Salem when suddenly we were faced with a pair of DO NOT ENTER signs and no place to turn around. As the driver made a dangerous K-turn, I explained that the signs were illegal. Under Massachusetts law, roads can’t turn from two-way to one-way except at an intersection. […]

Who’s watching?

I wrote previously about a crash in Springfield, Massachusetts in which four young people died. A followup article has a lesson about how much we are watched, and how little watching prevents crime. On January 17 a car with five occupants crashed into a tree while fleeing police. Only one person survived. He was identified […]