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Category Archives: Supreme Court

SCotUS upholds finality of acquittals

In a per curiam decision decided on May 27, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States again upheld the finality of acquittals against an attempt at a prosecutor’s appeal. The trial of Esteban Martinez was set to begin on May 17, 2010. His counsel was ready; the State was not. When the court swore […]

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Christians, just say it already!

Given the conservative backlash arising from the recent Supreme Court rulings regarding gay marriage, I get the vibe that there is something many Christian conservatives are stopping short of full on saying, and I wish they’d stop beating around the bush and just say it already: Any law, court decision and interpretation of the Constitution […]

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Scalia get’s it right… mostly

Antonin Scalia is a Reagan appointee to the Supreme Court. He’s typically seen as a strict constitutionalist, which is true for the most part. And in recent statements I agree when Scalia says that many questions of Constitution conflicts are easy to answer – that is if you know and understand the Constitution. Here is […]

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Ron Paul and the Federal courts

I’m surprised that the Republican establishment isn’t more in favor of Ron Paul. He is delivering on a part of the Republican platform that I’m sure plenty of other Republicans would love to see enacted, or at least the hardline Christian conservatives. How so? HR 958 – We the People Act This bill was introduced […]

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God *is* allowed in public schools

If you’re on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen someone post this to their wall: A dog had followed his owner to school. His owner was a fourth grader at a public elementary school. However, when the bell rang, the dog went inside the building and made it all the way to the child’s classroom before […]

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But it says "Congress shall make no law…"

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States states plainly: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress […]

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"That’s obscene, and I’m offended!"

What do John Stagliano, Lizzy Borden, and Rob Zicari have in common? All three were prosecuted under Federal obscenity laws. Lizzy Borden and Rob Zicari were sentenced to 1-year prison terms while Stagliano’s indictment was dropped by the Court. ReasonTV recently did a story on the idea of obscenity: The idea of obscenity is, in […]

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Stripping jurisdiction from the Federal courts

Here is an interesting question to ponder: does Congress have the power to exempt from the United States Supreme Court or Federal courts cases dealing with certain topics? This question arises from a rather startling trend I’ve noticed within conservative circles, and that is the desire to see certain topics stripped from Federal jurisdiction, the […]

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God is banished from the classroom?

Note: This discussion should be considered applicable to the United States only. Prayers are one of the dominating themes of religion. They range from simple verbal requests to a deity to offerings, sacrifices, and ceremonies trying to win the deity’s favor or praise, or to ask that they not be vanquished in some weather phenomenon […]

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Sexual morality and Texas

In typical discussions of morality, two topics tend to come up more than most: sex and abortion. Obviously the two are related — without the former you would not have the latter, but also, and obviously, without the former, you and I would not exist. This discussion will also focus primarily on the former. The […]

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