"Selling narcotics or fake drugs over the Internet is a serious matter."
Fair enough, it is a very, very serious matter. One addressed by the federal government, which it was and a federal court of law found Google guilty of making the unlawful process easy and ordered Google to cease and desist.
Now, a *state* Attorney General seeks to enforce a federal court order? Not his jurisdiction. His jurisdiction is state level and below, with federal matters taken care of by the federal government. the *most* he can do is ask the US Attorney General to look into the matter.*
The author then goes on about a few thousand dollars here and there, ignoring the ancient bit of old news, that state officials come cheaper than federal officials, county officials coming even cheaper than state officials and those thousands of dollars contributed are remembered.
In short, what I've said for decades; The United States of America has the best government that money can buy.
Hell, during the "Robber Baron" era of sparse handful of industrialists having the majority of the money in the nation, they actually did buy themselves the President of their choice, with disastrous long term results.
I've read the tin foil hat version, I remain in contempt of those poor souls.
I've read "the enlightened" version of the story.
Now, I've read this one.
To be honest, the truth is in the middle between the two least outlandish versions.
For, an Attorney General is notable for one other thing. The Attorney General *is* an attorney and has many attorneys working under him or her. If legal action is taken against an Attorney General, the state pays for the defense and as those attorneys are getting paid the same to go to trial or sit and surf the internet, the cost isn't all that high. Everyone needed is already on the payroll and drawing their salaries regardless of what they are doing. The only one not to be is the attorney for Google.
As annotated at the end, the judge tossed the irreparable harm part, meaning no injunction will be issued.
So, it's reality as usual, a whole lot of bastards working for different corporations playing their usual games. On both sides.
*I've quite literally lost count of how many times I had to explain my nation's system of government to Europeans and especially to people from the UK. The marvel of the many different systems is universal, the amazement that it works at all is also universal.
What isn't typically apparent is, all too often, the entire thing lurches to a halt. Usually when one level of government attempts to do the job of a superior level of government.
Powers not granted the federal government fall to the states. Powers that the states are not granted by their constitutions fall to the counties, eventually to the individual.
For quite a long time, the entire US Constitution was believed to only grant rights to the governments federal and state (an interesting notion, considering the first handful of amendments), not to mention granting of citizenship and freedom of travel.
Indeed, before incorporation under the fourteenth amendment, the militia acts (which defined what age men were to be considered members of the militia (hence, how conscripting men for the armed forces operated as a mobilization of the militias) made no sense, as those laws were directed at citizens of the nation and state, but who were not incorporated under the Constitution and federal laws. But then, we've long ignored the hell out of common sense and laws (see the torture bit, as we have signed and ratified treaties, which are the law of the land, per the Constitution). For that matter, in many states and in federal court, it is possible to request a judicial duel, as the federal government never wrote a law against the ancient common law practice and many states did not as well.
Fortunately, most of my peers are unaware of that fact.
Really, I'm serious. Out of a joke, I researched the matter. I've hat attorneys confirm it.
The United States of America, a land where sanity never broached her shores.