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Tag: Supreme Court
  • SCOTUS: You have to mention the 5th Amendment to use it

    A recent Supreme Court decision gutted the Fifth Amendment, requiring anyone who wishes to use the right to remain silent to first state that they are doing so: Here’s what that means. Basically, if you’re ever in any trouble with police (no, we don’t condone breaking laws) and want to keep your mouth shut, you …

  • Obamacare: The New Favorite Precedent for Statists

    In the comments section of a 2009 blog post I wrote about the constitutionality of what was being proposed by the Obama administration I stated, “Perhaps one day if this reaches the courts, we could prevent this plan from being implemented. But as with everything, getting a case in the courts can sometimes backfire. The …

  • Supreme Court Ignores 4th Amendment, OKs Some Warrantless Searches

    The Supreme Court by an 8-1 vote Monday bolstered police authority to break down a door and seize drugs or other evidence of wrongdoing if officers believe it is being destroyed. The majority upheld the forced, warrantless entry of a Lexington, Ky., apartment that occurred after police, chasing a suspected drug dealer into a breezeway, …

  • Now You Can Be the 10th Justice: OT 2010

    Now you can be the 10th Justice! From the independent D.C.-based organization, the Harlan Institute, FantasySCOTUS.net combines the current litigation of Supreme Court Law, with the Constitution, and the excitement of a Fantasy game for everybody from political activists to constitutional law experts! Featured by numerous news sources, from the New York Times, to Reason Magazine …

  • Breyer: Koran Burning Not a Settled Right

    Here is Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently hinting that burning a Koran may not actually be a form of protected expression: I’ve posted a lengthier criticism of this on my personal blog here.

  • YAL Members Visit Cato For Constitution Day!

    On Thursday, I traveled from Somerset, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. with a fellow YAL-er from our high school chapter to visit the Cato Institute for their Constitution Day Symposium and for their Supreme Court Review. The trip, though long, was well worth it. Great lawyers, academics, and others spoke on everything from the incorporation of the …

  • Elena Kagan: A Joke

    Below is a video from Gun Owners of America, to give you a little more insight on how unqualified Elena Kagan is to represent the “supreme law of the land.”  

  • Video: Elena Kagan Thinks The Government Can Do Anything It Wants

    During her confirmation hearings, Senator Coburn asked Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan if the government has the constitutional power under the Commerce Clause, to require all Americans to eat three vegetables and three fruits a day. She sidestepped the question by saying it would be a “dumb law,” then added that the question of whether …

  • It’s a great day for freedom!

    So you’re telling me that Sarbanes-Oxley (a piece of strangling regulation on our capital markets) got dealt a major blow by the Supreme Court AND the Second Amendment has been incorporated to apply to state and local governments too!? I’m in the mood for music:

  • The Proper Role of the Judiciary

    In a recent article at Reason Magazine, Damon W. Root chronicles the debate between “majoritarian conservatives” and “libertarians” over the proper nature and role of the judiciary in a civil society. While I would tend to side with the libertarians in the debate as it’s framed, I think some important clarifications to Root’s article are …