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William Ford reports on the oral arguments in Lott’s appeal of the dismissal of his lawsuit against Levitt: Evans and Sykes asked all the questions. Ripple remained silent. I have only glanced at the briefs, but based on the questions and comments during the oral argument, Lott’s chances do not look very good. … An…

Jim Lindgren believes that a post by Carl Bogus on the DC handgun ban is uninformed. Bogus wrote: A careful study that compared the nine year period before the ban was enacted with the nine years following enactment, and then compared what happened in D.C. with the immediately surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia, found…

Ted Frank has the latest on Lott’s appeal of the dismissal of his case: Lott is now claiming that the case should have been decided under the allegedly more friendly Virginia libel law than the Illinois law under which his claim fails, but that is generally an argument for (at best) a claim of legal…

In a paper claiming that safe-storage gun laws increase crime and do not decrease accidental deaths, Lott and Whitley: The Cummings et al., supra note 15, research provides evidence of a 23 percent drop in juvenile accidental gun deaths after the passage of safe-storage laws. Juvenile accidental gun deaths did decline after the passage of…

Another fabrication from John Lott

John Lott, in the National Review Online writes: Nor does it really matter that the only academic research on the impact of trigger locks on crime finds that states that require guns be locked up and unloaded face a five-percent increase in murder and a 12 percent increase in rape. Criminals are more likely to…

Back in August I wrote how Lott tried to amend his complaint against Levitt. Unfortunately for Lott, the judge rejected his proposed amendments as “futile and unduly delayed”. So now Lott is appealing the decision. William Ford has the update.

When we last visited Lott’s lawsuit against Levitt, Lott was asking the judge to reconsider the dismissal of his case against Freakonomics. Well, the judge denied this, so now Lott wants to amend his complaint. The new complaint adds is now about another sentence in Freakonomics as well: Then there was the troubling allegation that…

Lott vs Levitt over. Or maybe not.

David Glenn, in the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the Lott-Levitt lawsuit has been provisionally settled: The letter of clarification, which was included in today’s filing, offers a doozy of a concession. In his 2005 message, Mr. Levitt told Mr. McCall that “it was not a peer-refereed edition of the Journal.” But in his…

Merced murders again

David Friedman examines John Lott’s claims that safe storage laws were to blame for the deaths in the Merced pitchfork murders, and comes to similar conclusions to me: Putting it all together, I conclude that the Merced murders provide evidence against gun control laws, but weaker evidence than John Lott (and Vin Suprynowicz, from whom…

In the Chronicle of Higher Education David Glenn reports: A federal judge has rejected John R. Lott Jr.’s request that a gag order be placed on any and all information that emerges in the pretrial discovery process in Mr. Lott’s defamation suit against Steven D. Levitt, the best-selling University of Chicago economist. The judge invited…