* In addition to automatically going to heaven, Texas law makes sure dogs won’t be kept on chains outside. [Houston Chronicle]
* Two men who lynched a runner in Georgia are hoping a law that dates back to slavery can keep them out of prison. If you’re reading this in Alabama and feel like you’ve inadvertently been exposed to CRT, please grow up. [Reuters]
* Florida is luring dissatisfied and unvaccinated cops with a sign-on bonus. This looks like an negligent hiring suit waiting to happen. [Hernando Sun]
* The Patriot Act just celebrated its 20th birthday! Will this be its last? [Just Security]
Chris Williams became a social media manager and assistant editor for Above the Law in June 2021. Prior to joining the staff, he moonlighted as a minor Memelord™ in the Facebook group Law School Memes for Edgy T14s. Before that, he wrote columns for an online magazine named The Muse Collaborative under the pen name Knehmo. He endured the great state of Missouri long enough to graduate from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He is a former boatbuilder who cannot swim, a published author on critical race theory, philosophy, and humor, and has a love for cycling that occasionally annoys his peers. You can reach him by email at [email protected] and by tweet at @WritesForRent.