September 9, 2016
Daily Journal
When officials enforce laws in bizarre ways, taxpayers pay
The “butterfly effect,” as used in chaos theory, is the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil may help cause a tornado in Kansas. In law and politics, the
butterfly effect is both more prosaic and more perverse. It shows us that a state legislator’s mother becoming annoyed in a gift shop in Sacramento can prevent a civil war buff from displaying his painting at the art show at a state fair in Fresno. That is precisely what happened.


Case: Desmond v. Harris et. al.

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