Foolish Arguments Against Standing in 303 Creative—Part 3


Published July 5, 2023

National Review

On top of all the other reasons (spelled out in point 2.a of my Part 1 post) why it makes no sense to think that Lorie Smith or her attorneys concocted the apparently sham or prank request, it turns out—surprise, surprise—that the IP (Internet Protocol) address on the device that sent the request to Smith is located in San Francisco:

To be sure, the current location of the IP address does not prove its location on September 21, 2016. And different geolocation products on the IP Address Lookup site I used generate somewhat different results: six in northern California, two in New Jersey. But none are in Denver, where Smith has long lived and worked.

Edward Whelan holds the Antonin Scalia Chair in Constitutional Studies at the ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER. A regular contributor to National Review’s blog BENCH MEMOS, he has closely covered every Supreme Court confirmation since 2005. @edwhelaneppc

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Edward Whelan is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and holds EPPC’s Antonin Scalia Chair in Constitutional Studies. He is the longest-serving President in EPPC’s history, having held that position from March 2004 through January 2021.

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