Sessions Wants More Civil Asset Forfeiture

Over the last few years, many states have passed laws to restrict the manifestly corrupt and unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, predictably, wants to reverse that so the government can steal money and property from people who have done nothing wrong. … [Read more...]

Absurd Anti-Muslim Lawsuit in Michigan Dismissed

I'm not sure how I missed the filing of this suit when it happened (or maybe I did see it and forgot about it), but a ridiculous lawsuit filed in Michigan that is pure paranoid, Islamophobic nonsense was dismissed for lack of standing by a federal court. … [Read more...]

It Still Isn’t Treason. Stop Saying It Is.

With every new revelation of misdeeds by Trump and his associates come the cries of "TREASON!" from the left. If you're doing this, you really need to stop and do some research on what treason actually means in the law.Even with evidence of Russian collusion, it still isn't treason. And it isn't close. … [Read more...]

Staver is Very Confused About an Independent Judiciary

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is rather confused about an independent judiciary. He acknowledges that the Constitution protected judges so they would "not be affected by the political cycle," but still thinks judges who rule in ways he doesn't like should be impeached. … [Read more...]

Trump Abuses Power to Threaten Media Outlets

Two reports say that the Trump administration is looking to use -- that is, abuse -- its authority to deny the Time Warner/AT&T merger unless they stop being so critical of him. It's the latest escalation in his war against CNN and the entire news media. First, the New York Times reported this: … [Read more...]

Trump Judicial Nominee Lies and Obfuscates

After a confirmation hearing, judicial nominees are sent lists of questions by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Questions for Record (QFRs). John Bush, a Trump nominee for a seat on the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, lied through his teeth on his and refused to answer easy and obvious questions. … [Read more...]

Kennedy May Retire Before 2018 Election

We dodged a bullet (so far at least) when Justice Anthony Kennedy did not announce his retirement at the end of the current Supreme Court term, but NPR reports that he has told potential law clerks for the 2018-2019 term that he is considering retirement a year from now. … [Read more...]

Texas Supreme Court Begs to Be Smacked Down Hard

The Texas Supreme Court just delivered a ruling that will be blasted by the U.S. Supreme Court, just as they did to Arkansas' high court this week. It's a very similar case, with the Texas court ruling that governmental bodies don't have to provide the same benefits to same-sex couples that they do to opposite-sex couples. … [Read more...]

Another Victory for Marriage Equality

Another interesting ruling from the Supreme Court on the last day of the term was a summary ruling on a case that the court hadn't actually heard oral argument on. They granted cert and ruled on the case at the same time, and it involved same-sex marriage and birth certificates. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS to Hear Travel Ban Case, Partially Lifts Injunction

On the last day of the term, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases challenging Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, both of which went against him but on very different grounds. And they partially lifted the injunctions against its enforcement while the case is pending. Amy Howe explains the result: … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Allows Tax Funding of Churches

In a result that really does not surprise me, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer that churches and other religious organizations are allowed to receive taxpayer funds that are earmarked for a secular purpose and available to non-religious entities. … [Read more...]

No Retirement Announcement from Kennedy

The last day of the Supreme Court term was Monday and it came and went without an announcement of retirement by key swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. Many had expected him to retire, and he still might do so, but no announcement on Monday is a good sign. … [Read more...]