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Legislating Under The Influence

Police in Montgomery County, Alabama pulled over Democratic state representative Alvin Holmes, whose car was weaving all over the road. When they approached the car, they noted he reeked of alcohol, and he was slurring his speech. But Holmes wasn’t arrested or even detained for drunk driving, as he explained he was on his way home from a legislative session so he was immune from arrest. Apparently, under Alabama law, legislators may only be arrested for felonies, treason or breach of the peace during legislative sessions, and this immunity extends to travel to and from session. So, the police drove Holmes home. (Via ThisIsTrue)

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.


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