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Category Archives: Supreme Court

Employers and electioneering

I came across a Huffington Post/YouGov poll today that asked a simple question: “Should it be legal or illegal for companies to ask employees to vote for candidates they support?” Not surprisingly, as of the time of my vote (I said yes), the vast majority of responders said “illegal”. In reading this question, it would […]

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The argument from history doesn’t jive with history

It seems when arguing about our legal system, two things will hold true: a person arguing against capital punishment will bring up the cost associated with it, and a person arguing against the private ownership of firearms will bring up the historical interpretation of the Second Amendment. The former I’ve already tackled, twice, and the […]

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Amending the constitution, revisited again

Whenever someone calls for amending the Constitution of the United States, we need to look upon their desires with a very, very high level of scrutiny. I’ve done this previously with Governor Rick Perry in his calls for various ways to amend the Constitution, along with another proposal regarding laws and their applicability to Senators […]

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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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