14A Equal Protection: Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban, rejects claim of anti-Muslim bias
National Injunctions: Supreme Court refuses to rule on nationwide injunctions in travel ban case, but Justice Thomas calls them ‘historically dubious’
National Injunctions: federal appeals court panel confines sanctuary city grants injunction to Chicago; full court to hear case
National Injunctions: the law is all over the lot, but the Gill case is glide path to ending the practice
Commerce Clause: Supreme Court OKs state sales taxes on online purchases
4A: Supreme Court rules police must obtain a warrant to search cell-site location data (Carpenter)
1A: Supreme Court rules public sector union employees can no longer be compelled to pay union dues related to cost of collective bargaining (Janus)
1A: flurry of class actions already filed by public sector employees to recover mandatory union dues paid against their will
1A: Supreme Court rules pro-life pregnancy centers cannot be compelled to provide free advertising for the abortion industry
Separation of Powers: federal judge rules structure of CFPB unconstitutional (independent agency with a single director); conflicting decisions mean Supreme Court will probably take up the issue
1A Religion: federal appeals court blocks abortion chain’s demands for private communications of Texas bishops
1A: Supreme Court sends Christian florist case back to lower court for reassessment in light of Masterpiece decision
“Killing Free Speech” video shows what Antifa, extremist Muslim groups, and Canadian government officials have in common: The truth is hate speech - shut it down!
Islamist censorship (now playing out in the Michigan Governor’s race) is incompatible with the First Amendment, expert warns
“The ACLU is no longer a free speech organization.” Supports campaign finance restrictions, abortion clinic speech buffer zones, etc.
Public forum, state action, and adoption of foreign speech codes are theories to watch as law forms around speech issues on social media
1A Establishment of Religion: suit by New Jersey mom against Muslim proselytization by public schools survives motion to dismiss
2A: New Jersey Governor wants 2,400% tax increase on guns. Time to dust off the ‘undue burden’ arguments from abortion rights cases.
2A: gun rights group fighting New Jersey’s confiscation of 10-round magazines
2A: sorry, data from other countries does not support assertion that gun control laws reduce homicide rates
2A: UN up to its old tricks, pushing international gun control
Property Rights: activist gaining ground against UN-directed encroachment, e.g., received invitation to speak to state landlord’s group
5A Due Process: consenting to a separate trial negates double jeopardy claim, Supreme Court rules
5A: Dallas officials skirt eminent domain, rezone property and order shop owner to move without compensation. Case on appeal. City would prefer Starbucks which just closed 150 stores. Very far-sighted, Dallas! #RememberKelo
8A: multiple life sentences for D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo must be reevaluated in light of later Supreme Court cases on sentencing juveniles
14A Equal Protection: federal district court panel strikes Virginia legislative districts for racial gerrymandering, orders redistricting plan
14A Equal Protection: availability of single-occupancy facilities overrides student objections to transgenders in bathrooms and locker rooms, federal appeals court rules
Equal Protection: affirmative action – which was supposed to be temporary – has outlived its usefulness. Sufficient classroom diversity could now be achieved solely with merit-based admissions.
Political bias in public accommodations is a growing problem, as Chicago bar bans MAGA hats .#RedHen
Deference: agency interpretation not entitled to deference when clearly against the federal statute, Supreme Court rules in deportation case
Appointments Clause: federal judge denies constitutional challenge to Robert Mueller appointment
Appointments Clause: Supreme Court holds that SEC administrative law judges should be appointed by someone with more authority than SEC staffers
State Constitutions: Arkansas may proceed with medical marijuana program, state Supreme Court rules; state’s process held to interfere with voter-approved constitutional amendment
State Constitutions: Massachusetts court keeps millionaire’s tax amendment off November ballot because it was the product of ‘logrolling’ – pairing unrelated popular proposals with unpopular proposals
Article V Convention: Left-wing PAC raising money to unseat anti-convention legislators. (Also, apparently, advocates are trying to sneak pro-convention planks into state GOP platforms, continuing pattern of sneakiness)
Progressive movement has perverted the Constitution, transferring power from republican self-government to an untouchable Supreme Court
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