Professor Volokh Comments in U.S. News & World Report on Governor LePage’s Aggressive Denouncement of Drug Dealers

January 29, 2016—Professor Eugene Volokh commented in U.S. News & World Report on Maine Governor Paul LePage’s idea to ‘get rid of the drug dealers’; LePage floated armed vigilantism after proposing the guillotine and condemning ‘white girl’ impregnation.

LePage would face no criminal charges and have no civil liability if someone shoots a suspected drug dealer,  Professor Volokh says. "If the governor’s advice isn’t hyperbole, it surely is bad advice," Volokh adds. "While you can use deadly force to prevent an imminent violent crime, you can’t use deadly force just because you think someone is dealing drugs."