Trump snubs Feinstein and Harris, nominates 3 conservatives to ‘nutty’ 9th Circuit (Constitution news)
Trump snubs Feinstein and Harris, nominates 3 conservatives to ‘nutty’ 9th Circuit
1A: Atlanta settles with fire chief it fired for his religious beliefs for $1.2 million – “big win for the First Amendment rights of all Americans”
North Dakota voter ID law upheld by Supreme Court, adding to string of cases saying requiring ID is not ‘voter suppression’
1A: PILF cross-sues Virginia Department of Elections in case alleging PILF had intimidated voters by publishing noncitizen voting info; PILF argues it could reasonably rely on accuracy of government records
5A: Climate kids case to proceed to trial on due process grounds; Ninth Amendment claim dismissed. Judge believes climate change issue should be decided in court, not by the elected branches of government.
1A: Violent leftist mobs are not ‘protesters’; the damage they inflict is NOT constitutionally protected free speech or assembly
2A: Another reason to carry a gun: Parkland deputy argues he had no legal duty to stop the massacre.
4A: Part-time doctor who does not own the clinic where he works cannot assert a Fourth Amendment claim to bar search of the medical records of his patients
5A: amicus brief argues government should have to show by clear and convincing evidence that the person knows the password before the person can be compelled to decrypt computer records
Economic Freedom: Supreme Court knocks down 8th Circuit ruling which upheld Missouri licensing law requiring 1,500 hours of training for hair braiding
State Constitution: West Virginia in constitutional crisis; stand-ins for impeached supreme court rule that impeachment trial would be unconstitutional
State Constitution: Washington Supreme Court holds state’s death penalty unconstitutional (again); arbitrary and racially biased since black defendants more than 4 times more likely to be sentenced to death
Prominent historian rejects notion Constitution’s basic structure framed by issue of slavery; finds tension between large and small states much more salient
Justice Scalia’s finest opinion? Dissent in Morrison v. Olson continues to inform legal debates on separation of powers and unitary executive
The costs of the administrative state: unnecessary regulation has imposed major costs on the US economy, the separation of powers has been compromised, and erosion of the role of Congress threatens democracy.
Justice Kavanaugh likely to strengthen religious liberty, the right to bear arms, and limits on congressional and executive power.
Post-Kavanaugh: “It’s time to act like Americans once again.”
Shame! Dem Arizona Senate candidate on record as saying its fine for Americans to fight for the Taliban, America’s enemy.
Trump administration loses another sanctuary city grants case; executive cannot place conditions on federal grants (separation of powers) or commander state employees to enforce federal law (10A)
2A: Misdemeanor DUI not enough to justify life-long gun ban; federal judge restores gun rights to nonviolent offender
14A: New California law requires certain corporations to meet quota of women on their boards; companies lost value under similar law in Norway; wrinkle here is gender identity, not biological sex
Returning to Congressional rather than judicial government will lower the stakes and avoid future bitter nomination fights.
Free expression: Leaked Google document - tech firms have lost their free speech culture and moved toward censorship
1A: gaming company personnel cannot be prohibited from making political contributions on the grounds that a legal industry is corrupt, federal judge in Pennsylvania rules
1A Religion: St. Louis can’t compel religious groups “to employ or house individuals who advocate for or perform abortions” contrary to their beliefs, federal judge rules
2A: CDC admits its gun injury data is unreliable, publishes it anyway; downward trend found by other researchers casts doubt CDC estimates
Eminent Domain: Supreme Court hears arguments in case testing precedent that takings plaintiffs must exhaust state remedies before filing in federal court
14A Discrimination: Study shows ‘Ban the Box’ laws protecting ex-offenders harm the chances of young black men getting a job
Dormant Commerce Clause: Wisconsin butter-grading statute is burdensome on Amish small-batch producers, but OK because it does not discriminate against out-of-state products, 7th Circuit rules
Dem Senator filed for injunction to block Kavanaugh vote; argued that failure to provide documents related to nominee’s tenure in the Bush administration hampered Senator’s duty to advise and consent
Be inspired: “Life-Long Cubs Fan With Down Syndrome Fulfills His Dream to Sing National Anthem”
10A: Trump Justice Department sues California to block state’s net neutrality law
5A: Philadelphia agrees to dismantle civil asset forfeiture scheme and stop ‘policing for profit’
4A: Amash claims human trafficking bill is cover for increased government spying on citizens without a warrant
States: Supreme Court turns away challenge to voter-approved amendment to Tennessee state constitution allowing abortion regulations; issue was technical (how votes were counted)
1A: Seattle bus authority engaged in viewpoint discrimination in rejecting Pamela Geller ads on global terrorism, 9th Circuit panel rules
1A: D.C. Circuit keeps Pamela Geller bus and subway advertisement litigation alive; transit authority must respond
1A: federal court strikes down Hawaii law compelling pregnancy centers to refer women to abortion providers
1A: town council resolution to boycott Nike after Kaepernick featured in ads is arguably unconstitutional
1A Religion: Muslim inmate claims prison violated Free Exercise clause when it denied him a Muslim meal
2A: Maryland Rite Aid shooting doesn’t fit the Left’s gun control narrative: shooter a transgender (not a white male); handgun purchased legally in a state that has universal background checks.
5A/10A: Supreme Court case tests whether states can prosecute people for the same offense charged in federal court; implications for Mueller probe and federalism
14A Due Process: Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges does not unduly burden abortion rights, 5th Circuit panel rules
Copyright: authors call for Music Modernization Act and stronger international agreements to strengthen constitutional copyright protections
Book explores how constitutional government can be rescued from expansive administrative state
Book parses the meaning of the Habeas Corpus Suspension Clause; originalism does not come up short on protecting individual rights
Hmm... Deface or burn – decisions, decisions. Article traces the history of Supreme Court cases on the U.S. flag and Pledge of Allegiance
Shame! Senator Hirono thinks people with “ideological agendas” should not get the presumption of innocence. OK Senator, let’s start with you!
2A: Expert John Lott demolishes study claiming ‘U.S. has the most mass shootings’; U.S. ranks 58th; study author hiding data and won’t debate Lott
1A: Federal judge voids California’s 1923 ban on handgun advertising as violating free speech
1A: student sues Wisconsin community college for preventing her from handing out religious-themed Valentine’s Day cards
1A: Rochester gives up on trying to enforce injunction relating to abortion clinic free speech buffer zone against a non-party
Free expression: ‘report your friends and neighbors to the police for making insulting comments’. Soviet Union long ago and far away? Nope. UK today.
2A: California to ratchet up ammunition controls next year; already, residents must buy their ammo in-state from state-approved vendors.
2A: California bill (AB2888) expanding list of people who can ask for gun violence restraining orders advances to Governor’s desk
2A: left-wing group funding public radio advocacy ‘journalism’ aimed at refining how to get gun control measures passed. #ExposeTheirMethods
5A: terror suspect claims Trump tweets calling for death penalty makes a fair prosecutorial decision impossible
8A: 9th Circuit rules prosecuting the homeless for sleeping outside is cruel and unusual punishment
Sovereign immunity: Supreme Court to hear issue of whether a state can be forced into another state’s courts
AG Jeff Sessions speaks against nationwide injunctions which used to be rare, but have hampered Trump 25 times in 2 years
Editorial: 9th Circuit intellectually dishonest in donor disclosure case; ignored record evidence of lack of necessity, state’s failure to safeguard names, and threats against AFP Foundation donors
Shame on John Brennan for calling on Deep State resisters to disobey Presidential order to declassify documents. This would overturn the Constitutional order. None dare call it treason.
9th Circuit orders disclosure of AFP (Koch Brothers) donors to state of California (Constitution news round-up)
1A: 9th Circuit orders disclosure of AFP (Koch Brothers) donors to state of California; says donors won’t be deterred from donating or face harassment
1A: Trump’s exhortation "get 'em out of here" during 2016 campaign rally did not incite to riot, 6th Circuit rules
1A: cheerleaders prevail against school district which attempted to ban Bible verses on banners at football games
Justice Department to meet with state AGs to discuss whether social media companies are “intentionally stifling” free speech
100+ Facebook employees form group to promote space for ideological diversity within their ‘intolerantly liberal’ company
1A: Ben Shapiro and conservative student group sue UMinn for viewpoint-based discrimination in refusing to offer speech venue on main campus
Executive Overreach: federal judge refuses to kill DACA at preliminary injunction stage, but makes clear he thinks it’s unconstitutional
2A: 3D gun blueprints for sale on flash drives after judge blocks free release online
14A Affirmative Action – Justice Department joins suit against Harvard for suppressing Asian-American applicants
14A: feds reopen case against Rutgers for creating a hostile environment for Jewish students
14A: Local and state rights commissions are runaway trains, untrained left-wing political hacks trampling separation of powers, free speech, and due process; have power to entrap, fine, investigate and gag (podcast)
14A: Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission arrogates to itself the power to puff up ‘sex’ to include ‘gender’ to broaden reach of statute to cover sexual orientation and transgender discrimination claims
14A: federal appeals court tosses lower court’s injunction against Michigan law eliminating straight-ticket voting, finds no evidence law (which many states have) was racially motivated
14A Fundamental Rights: U.S. judge strikes down Texas law requiring dignified burial of abortion remains – ‘unduly burdens abortion right’ (Casey analysis)
1A Religion: Masterpiece baker seeks to expand Supreme Court ruling beyond hostility to religion by certain officials to hostility by government in general
4A: Texas Medical Board engaging in warrantless searches of doctor’s offices in ‘back-door gun control’ effort
Eminent Domain: South African constitution does not limit “property” to land; changing it would authorize confiscation of homes, trademarks, pension funds, etc. without compensation
8A: Oregon attorneys argue sentencing juveniles for murder to 30 years with possibility of parole after that amounts to unconstitutional life sentence for juveniles
9A: Kavanaugh rejects ‘fountain of rights’ theory of 9aA; would limit declaration of unenumerated rights to those ‘rooted in history and tradition’
Political bias in Public Accommodations: Houston Starbucks boots customers for wearing ex-Muslim t-shirts
Chevron: deference is a many-splendored thing and will remain covertly even if Chevron is overturned; courts will defer to agency findings of fact, etc.
A socialist command economy is incompatible with limited government having only specified powers under the Constitution
Shame! Beto O’Rourke campaign asks VFW to take down U.S. flags for campaign appearance; VFW Commander says “hell, no.... I can’t believe any American would ask us to do that”
Penn State campuses to celebrate Constitution Day with extensive activities including posters, free pocket Constitutions, bus trip to Flight 93 Memorial
1A: judge rules Steele dossier is protected free speech; Russian oligarchs failed to show Steele acted in reckless disregard of the truth regarding them
Article II: Trump exceeded his authority in 3 executive orders meant to curb union power in federal workplace
Article I, Section 8: no ‘space force’ in the Constitution. Constitutional? Air Force not ‘army’ or ‘navy’ either.
Equal Protection: Labor Department issues guidelines to stop discrimination against religious federal contractors
14A: federal court knocks down North Carolina congressional map (again), but Supreme Court has never struck partisan gerrymandering thus far
8A: California becomes 1st state to end bail before trial in some cases
4A: Airbnb sues New York arguing law requiring detailed info about owners amounts to seizure of business records without a warrant based on probable cause
Speech Suppression: Credit card companies back off attempt to shut off donation processing services to David Horowitz’ Freedom Center; blow struck against SPLC’s hateful ‘hate group’ designations
Credit card company attack on David Horowitz’ Freedom Center is another instance of political bias in public accommodations – is FDIC involvement in credit card bank deposit insurance enough to trigger ‘state action’ requiring 14A equal protection?
Robert Spencer book shows how the authoritarian intolerant Left helps Islamists enforce sharia blasphemy codes to further its own purposes in shutting down freedom of expression
1A Religion: New Florida law requires ‘In God We Trust’ be displayed in all public schools; author takes direct aim at ‘separation of church and state’
1A,14A: lawsuit hopes to add tuition for religious schools to school choice program in Maine
4A: tight handcuffs can be an unreasonable seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment, 6th Circuit finds
5A Takings: a taxi medallion is not an exclusive right to provide transportation services; diminution of value by allowing Uber-type rides is not a ‘taking’ (3rd Circuit)
6A: An attorney has the right to be informed of the right to an attorney (6th Circuit)
7A: Supreme Court’s approach to guaranteeing jury trials in suits at common law (as opposed to equity) heavily criticized
14A Equal Protection: Idaho discriminated against landowners by forcing them to sell their oil and gas to a Texas company without a meaningful way to fight the decision, federal judge rules
14A Equal Protection: HUD sues Facebook for allowing homeowners and landlords to limit viewing of their ads based on race, religion, gender, etc.
14A Equal Protection: Cautionary tale for Harvard – San Francisco schools forced to drop their anti-Asian quotas 20 years ago
14A Due Process: courts reshaping the way campus sexual assault cases are handled, requiring more questioning of
each other when it’s ‘he said, she said’
Dormant, Foreign Commerce Clauses: U.S. court upholds local ordinance prohibiting bulk loading of crude oil onto tankers
Economic freedom lecture series starts at Arizona State U
Economic freedom – Legal institute criticizes Georgia law requiring licensure of lactation consultants, 2 years of college and 300 hours of clinical experience
Economic freedom has been great for women; household appliances have freed them from drudgery and jobs have given them economic independence
State Constitutions: proposed Ohio amendment would restrict profits and increase regulation at dialysis centers
Chinese enthralled with ‘constitutionalism’ but their ‘guarantees’ of free speech, press, and association are meaningless and unenforceable without true Rule of Law
Podcast describes the life and work of abolitionist Frederick Douglass
Shame on Robert Reich! Wants Trump presidency “annulled” when there is no such thing in the Constitution. Appalling coming from a former cabinet member.
Shame on Beto O’Rourke for praising football players for taking a knee. We don’t need people who tear down the country in public office.
Shame! UC-Irvine student government leader Matthew Guevara pens resolution to ban U.S. flag, but takes taxpayer money for his education from a U.S. government engaged in modern-day “slavery” and “genocide”
Shame on the Georgia high school teacher who teaches her students that 9/11 was America’s fault. If we’re that bad, why do you take our money?
Victory! Atlanta school drops plan to replace Pledge of Allegiance with wolf-pack chant
Government trying to force Facebook to break encryption, allow wiretapping of messenger (Constitution news round-up)
4A: in case under seal, government trying to force Facebook to break encryption, allow wiretapping of messenger
Article II: Constitutional showdown looms if Mueller subpoenas Trump
1A: Brennan could challenge loss of security clearance on grounds he has a right to be protected from government retaliation for exercising free speech
1A: federal appeals court sends D.C. transit authority ban on anti-Islamist ads back to trial court to consider whether there is a legitimate reason for the ban
1A: David Daleiden seeks dissolution of gag order blocking release of more Planned Parenthood baby parts videos after plaintiffs drop several claims (prior restraints are supposed to be rare)
2A: Louisiana bars Citi, Bank of America from state bond sale because of actions the banks took against gun manufacturers
1A: Pennsylvania high court rules rap song urging violence against specific named police officers is a “true threat” not protected by First Amendment
1A: National Park Service admits mistake in barring ‘Abolish ICE’ t-shirts from Statue of Liberty; illegal viewpoint discrimination
Satanic goat idol unveiled at Arkansas Capitol building to push separation of church and state
“How Some Muslim Activists Are Using Speech Codes to Subjugate the West and How to Respond“
1A Press: Florida judge scolds newspaper for printing confidential information about Parkland shooter, threatens prior restraint in the future, but the law appears to be on the newspaper’s side
1A Religion: religious charity to appeal ruling that upheld Philadelphia’s ban on families holding traditional views of marriage from becoming foster-parents.
2A etc. – federal appeals court upholds Texas concealed carry law against challenge by professors who do not want guns in their classrooms
4A: Smart meters (disclosing home/away, sleep patterns, etc.) are a “reasonable” search not requiring a warrant (7th Circuit)
4A: ‘private search reconstruction’ doctrine validates government search of computer file that recreates previous private search (5th Circuit)
4A: Iowa high court criticizes U.S. Supreme Court, uses state constitution to knock down inventory searches of cars without a warrant
14A Due Process: federal judge rules election officials can’t toss absentee ballots that fail to match signature card without giving voter notice and opportunity to contest
Ex Post Facto – taking away ‘good time’ credits already earned by prisoners violates ex post facto clause (6th Circuit)
5A, Copyright: legal institute takes case of tiny family–owned publisher who prints public domain books on demand; Copyright office wants copies and has threatened big fines
State Constitution: Georgia high court rejects appeal from state House candidate who was removed from the ballot because she had not been a Georgia citizen for 2 years
Rights to healthcare, jobs, free tuition, etc. - Soviet constitution? Nope. Democratic Socialist agenda.
Government playing fast and loose with the Constitution in 100-mile border zone
Separation of church and state, judicial review, and other common myths people believe about the Constitution
Shame on Andrew Cuomo for saying America never great. Every immigrant who came through Ellis Island in his state knew the truth and risked all to come here.
1A Religion: Colorado goes after Masterpiece baker AGAIN, this time for refusing to make special pink-and-blue transgender celebration cake.
Appointments Clause: federal judge upholds Mueller Special Counsel investigation as stemming from valid appointment, despite extraordinary powers that would seem to call for Senate confirmation
5A Due Process: 9th Circuit rules foreigners outside the U.S. are protected by the Constitution. Implications include border agents shooting across the border.
5A Due Process: 19 state Attorneys General demand constitutionally protected right to abortion for illegal immigrants
1A: federal judge orders anonymous online account information of a 2017 Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ organizer be given to another court; anonymity and incitement of violence are issues.
1A, Economic Freedom: federal judge strikes down Charleston’s tour guide licensing requirement as interference with right to speak for a living
1A Speech/Association: U of Iowa shuts down 38 student groups that have faith or ideology requirements for their leaders, gets sued, reverses course while litigation pending
Query: How does it discriminate if everybody gets their own group and chooses their own leaders?
1A: U.S. appeals court strikes Louisiana statute against threatening public officials as unconstitutionally overbroad; sweeps in lawful actions like threatening to sue
1A Press: de Blasio bodyguards eject reporter who tried to ask question at parade event
1A Religion: male Muslim prisoner objects to strip-search by transgender (anatomically female) guard. Intersectionality pretzel: Does transgender trump Muslim, or is it vice versa in the pantheon of rights?
1A Religion: What is a religion? Pussy Church of Modern Witchcraft gets special tax exemption from IRS as a church
2A Hypocrisy Exposed – former congressional candidate in Georgia who pushed gun control shoots her campaign treasurer dead
5A: Threat to property rights from conservation easements is growing
5A: watch short video on sustainable development’s war on private property
5A: another federal court rejects claim that competition from Uber and Lyft is a “taking” of property from taxis
Eminent Domain: South African farmer discusses impending change to constitution to allow government to expropriate land from white people without compensation to give to black people (video)
14A,8A: homeowner fights ordinance requiring her to grow grass in her yard even though she’s allergic. $180K fine, 20 yrs in prison. Precedent recognizes government’s ‘aesthetic interest’
Time to revisit second-class status of U.S. citizens of the “insular” territories (Puerto Rico, Guam)
State Constitution: victims’ rights amendment urged for Pennsylvania constitution
State Constitution: 5 former North Carolina Governors oppose amendments regarding judicial vacancies and appointments to state boards and commissions
“How Religion Defends Freedom”
Impeachment: “The Original Meaning of “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” (2 parts)
“Can a Vice President be charged with a crime while in office?” (Burr, Agnew – who’s next?)
For the constitutionalist in your life - U.S. Constitution Full Size Four Page Reproduction. $19.95
Shame! Atlanta school drops Pledge of Allegiance, adopts ‘Wolf Pack’ chant. ‘Too many kids won’t recite’ so the only answer is to give up? Hope you have a country left to have your ‘Wolf Pack’ in.
Yo, socialists! There are reasons we don’t have a unicameral legislature and the Constitution is not easy to amend. Ever think about that?
14A Presumption of Innocence – Albuquerque’s civil asset forfeiture program declared unconstitutional; gov’t attorneys caught on tape calling it a “gold mine”
2A: NRA sues NY Governor for denying First Amendment speech rights (Query: does urging banks not to deal w/NRA burden fundamental rights? ‘Burden’ argument often made in abortion cases.)
5A,9A: Supreme Court greenlights climate change case, but warns not to let it get out of hand. Constitutional right to a “sustainable environment”? Sure.
14A Due Process: federal appeals court OKs challenge to California’s felony murder statute; “inherently dangerous felony” unconstitutionally vague? (argument helped by Gorsuch opinion in 2018 immigration case)
1A Religion: motion to dismiss in Detroit female genital mutilation case to be heard next month.
1A: left-wing professors’ association starts resistance group to attack state laws guaranteeing free speech on campus
1A: Liberty High School in Oregon gives up fight against student it barred from wearing Trump t-shirt; pays $25,000 and apologizes
Dems circulating authoritarian proposals to regulate the Internet under the guise of fighting Russian interference.
Shame! Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) calls for social media to ban all sites ‘spreading hate and lies’ because ‘survival of democracy’ depends on it. No, our Republic depends on the survival of free speech.
SPLC amps up war on free speech, condemns Constitution and free speech that inspires people, for example, to shoot up the Family Research Council and attempt to kill Congresmen on a baseball field. Oops! #SweepYourOwnDoorstep
1A Free Press: courts generally uphold videotaping of police officers in public, but what about haranguing a mail carrier?
1A Free Press: New Jersey to spend millions to prop up small struggling newspapers; bad move. #ShadesOfPravda
1A: 28 states ask Supreme Court to uphold 40-foot cross honoring World War I vets (would they feel the same way if it were a 40-foot star-and-crescent?)
2A: “Building a Church Safety/Security Team: Keeping Your People Safe and Secure in 2018” WATCH BELOW
4A: Michigan Supreme Court orders trial court to determine whether practice of photographing and fingerprinting people ‘as needed’ without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment.
Eminent Domain: Government pushes ahead with plans to change constitution to allow seizure of land from white people without compensation. Then I realized I was trapped in one of Justice Ginsberg’s dreams.
9A: This might be the first rally for the Ninth Amendment in history, but El Paso demonstrators are sadly mistaken in thinking it guarantees their “right to be happy”
10A: why is it the party out of power always discovers the virtues of federalism? California agitating for its right to impose stricter auto emission standards than the feds (thereby dictating what the rest of the country will drive?)
13A: whether banning hate crimes is a good idea or not, the Thirteenth Amendment doesn’t get you there, brief argues. 13A confers no power to uproot ‘incidents’ of slavery.
14A Equal Protection: article argues against Obama-era claim that 1965 regs give Department of Education all-purpose authority to go after all school actions having disparate impact on minorities
14A: U.S. court orders New Orleans to give criminal defendants a ‘neutral forum’ to prove they can’t pay fines or fees before throwing them in jail for unpaid amounts
14A Due Process: U.S. appeals court declares Louisiana statute banning the threatening of public employees with lawsuits or complaints unconstitutionally overbroad
Article II: lawsuit alleges Trump’s actions on Obamacare amount to a failure to faithfully execute the laws
Chevron Deference: Supreme Court is asked to take case to rein in judicial deference granted to agencies to interpret statutes; FCC changed its mind 3 times as to what a federal law means
Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) seen as enabling big companies to steal the work of inventors; one problem is looser rules than in court; abolition and reforms proposed
WATCH BELOW - Short video explains the problems with federal trial courts issuing nationwide injunctions that go way beyond the parties to a case; dueling injunctions one such problem
U.S. appeals court agrees with blocking Trump from cutting sanctuary city funding in California, but knocks down nationwide injunction
State Constitution / Economic Freedom: doctor sues to overturn North Carolina’s Certificate of Need law as unconstitutional monopoly interfering with his ability to offer MRIs for less
Rule of Law: “Anarchy Breaks Out in Portland, With the Mayor’s Blessing - A vicious mob targeted the ICE office and even a food cart. The police followed orders to do nothing.”
14A Equal Protection: Portland mayor denies he violated Constitution when city failed to respond to 911 calls from ICE agents during protest
Federal government did not assert control over immigration policy until the late 19th Century, and proceeded on thin constitutional authority
“Former Prosecutor KrisAnne Hall Warns of Constitutional Ignorance”
NY reverses course, restores U.S. flagpoles to highways after veterans complain
San Jose officials fail to knock out suit involving hundreds of Trump supporters (Constitution news round-up)
1A,11A: San Jose officials fail to knock out suit involving hundreds of Trump supporters beaten by mob after city issued police stand-down order
1A,2A: federal judge temporarily blocks posting of 3D gun blueprints on the Internet
Separation of Powers: Trump admin suffers defeats in Chicago and California sanctuary cities cases; executive conditions on appropriated grant money unconstitutional
Emoluments: federal judge rules against Trump in Emoluments Clauses case; foreign officials paying to stay at Trump hotel is unconstitutional under court’s theory
State Constitution: referendum to split up California removed from November ballot; partition can’t be done by mere statute
1A: Sessions says DOJ ‘not slowing down’ in pursuit of religious liberty, cites protection of mosques
1A: Trump Justice Department continues to advocate for free speech on campus
1A: San Antonio firefighters sue city over free speech zones which, they say, frustrate their right to gather signatures for petition
1A: National Abortion Federation drops some claims in tactical move to speed up permanent gag order against baby parts videographer David Daleiden
1A: abortion protesters defeat NY Attorney General’s attempt to silence them; judge finds state witnesses exaggerated claims, destroyed evidence, set up fake Facebook account to spy on defendants
Free Speech: “'Trigger warnings' may undermine 'emotional resilience,' Harvard study finds”
1A: Oberlin College tried to obtain conservative website’s communications with journalistic sources in defamation case
1A: U.S. appeals court rules against Christmas ads on city buses; declining all ads on particular subject matter does not suppress any one viewpoint; appeal to Supreme Court likely.
2A: U.S. court rules Hawaii may not limit open carry licenses to persons who are security guards
2A: almost 500 (so far) forced to surrender firearms under Florida’s gun confiscation program adopted after Parkland shooting. #HardFactsMakeBadLaw
14A: federal appellate court ruling on Alabama minimum wage law shows danger of inferring discriminatory impact and intent on sliver of evidence and declaring ‘once a sinner, always a sinner’
14A: Further incidents fuel emerging issue of political bias in public accommodations (black conservatives were denied Uber service; government-run county fair in UK kicks out pro-life group)
14A: Reagan official criticizes op-ed against birthright citizenship, arguing it misinterprets “under the jurisdiction thereof”. Editorialist responds
Nation celebrates 150th anniversary of 14th Amendment, but some act like it’s still 1861
Shame! Ruth Bader Ginsburg film says word ‘freedom’ not in the Constitution, but “freedom of speech” right there in the First Amendment.
Shame! Maxine Waters supporters use First Amendment rights to stomp, burn U.S. flag, trash America. (and you’re going to replace the First Amendment with ... what, exactly?)