Kevin Drum, posting a few days ago on the OBVIOUS illegality of
where are all the women bloggers? a trillion dollar coin:
I am, obviously, not a lawyer. So if someone with actual legal training in the appropriate area of the law says I’m wrong, then I guess I’m wrong. But I’m not much afraid of that happening.
Lizardbreath (who is a lawyer) says Kevin Drum is (gasp) wrong:
Courts are expected to do what legislatures say, not what they mean: “legislative intent” can only be considered where there’s an ambiguity in the law. Even if what the legislature said is obviously not what they meant, courts are still expected to follow the letter of the statute. And the platinum coin statute isn’t ambiguous (unless there’s something in the wording I’m missing): the treasury can mint platinum coins, and they’re real money.
See also Paul Krugman (who is not a lawyer, but merely a Nobel Prize-winning economist).
The moral of the story: No, Kevin Drum doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about.
Update: I’m so old I remember when paleobloggers used to decry Village Calvinball. (h/t BJ in comments)