Category Archives: Law

I Say a Little Prayer for You

Alabama: Speaking at the Pastor for Life Luncheon, which was sponsored by Pro-Life Mississippi, Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court declared that the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create … Continue reading

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Cattle and the Creeping Things

An eight-year old South Carolina girl pointed out that the state had no official fossil. A Democrat in the state legislature responded by nominating the wooly mammoth, because one of the earliest discovered mammoth fossils was found in South Carolina. … Continue reading

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Killing a Police Officer vs. Providing Legal Defense for Someone Accused of Killing a Police Officer

Too many people apparently still do not understand (or choose not to understand) the distinction: The Senate voted 47-52 Wednesday to reject controversial nominee Debo Adegbile as an assistant attorney general. Seven Democrats voted against moving forward with President Obama’s … Continue reading

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Simple Way Out

We could just do what we’ve always done, and pass a clean continuing resolution. The Senate has already done it; the House could do it with a large bipartisan majority. It’s all a question of whether John Boehner has the … Continue reading

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Glenn Greenwald’s Not-A-Fan Club

I’ve always thought of Glenn Greenwald as a dogged writer on privacy and liberty issues, and that I’m glad he’s around fighting his fight, even when I disagree. And I tend to shy away from learning too much about personality … Continue reading

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Is that all there is?

It’s been interesting to observe how quickly opponents of gay marriage have gone from trying to force their religious views on gay marriage on the country (via state and federal legislation and constitutional amendments) to complaining that they are the … Continue reading

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The Zimmerman Verdict

I would encourage our readers to visit Ta-Nehisi Coates’ website for his very thoughtful posts on the trial and verdict.  Specifically, here, here and here.  In his view, the problem isn’t with the verdict – he thought the State did … Continue reading

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This is real

Here’s an excerpt from a new piece of legislation, HR 2625, introduced by Rep. Stockman (R-OH): (a) No funds appropriated pursuant to any provisions of law may be used for any educational institution which punishes a student as a result … Continue reading

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Artfully Abstract

Southern Strategist Lee Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting … Continue reading

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I remember, that’s the same thing you told me yesterday

Dave Weigel has some sort of bionic photographic memory, which he uses to critique Justice Scalia: By general agreement, the strangest read in the United States v. Windsor decision—the one that neuters the Defense of Marriage Act—comes at the start … Continue reading

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One Sentence Summary

The Supreme Court, which dithered around for over 150 years before truly taking on the institutional racism that has plagued our country since its inception, would now have us believe that everything’s been fixed in a mere 50 years, and that it’s therefore … Continue reading

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Justice Thomas’s Fainthearted Originalism

Remember, folks: Originalism is a gambit. It’s a card you can play if you find the governance of 1789 (or 1868) more congenial than modern practice, for your policy preferences in the particular issue at hand. Originalism is not a coherent philosophy, … Continue reading

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What to do about “those who look away”

Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau may have finally retired in 2009 (at the age of 90), but his has not been a quiet retirement.  He took to the New York Times Op/Ed page today to urge for the repeal of … Continue reading

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Not a firm believer

The New Republic’s piece on Rand Paul is getting a lot of attention, mostly for this excerpt: He talked about decriminalizing drug offenses and getting rid of the mandatory sentencing minimums that put so many young black men in jail. … Continue reading

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It’s Not A Scandal, It’s SOP

More to follow on this, but here’s a quick take on the revelations that the US is collecting massive amounts of metadata on our phone calls, and even more of our communications online. None of this is shocking; it’s what … Continue reading

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You’ve Got it Entirely Backwards

Senator McCain lashed out at Senator Rand Paul for yesterday’s 13 hour filibuster: “What we saw yesterday is going to give ammunition to those critics who say that the rules of the Senate are being abused,” he said on the … Continue reading

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Activism on the bench in real life

Whenever a judge somewhere decides that the Constitution perhaps covers something that we hadn’t considered before, the right wing goes nuts over activist judges. So I would love to know how they feel about this snippet from today’s VRA argument … Continue reading

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Schisms

Look who is filing a brief with the Supreme Court in defense of gay marriage: Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed … Continue reading

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