Just asking

What would constitue Tom DeLay’s “just deserts” or his behavior in the Schiavo case?

Tell the truth, now:

When you consider the solidity of the medical evidence supporting the decision to discontinue life support for Terri Schiavo, the frivolousness of the “evidence” offered on the other side, and the utter heartlessness Tom DeLay has shown in smearing the (Republican, Baptist) judge in the case and her husband, simply as a way of rallying his political base and driving his own ethical problems off the newspages, doesn’t part of you — maybe not a part you’re proud of, but a part of you nonetheless — agree with Eugene Volokh?

No? Not even a little bit?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com