Trump’s Incoherent Babbling on Press Freedom and Defamation Laws

Donald Trump did an interview with a Florida TV station in which he offered a completely incoherent position on press freedom. He wants to change our libel laws to be like England's, then describes our current system as the one he favors. … [Read more...]

Trump Explains Major Supreme Court Decisions

Above the Law, which is sort of the Wonkette of the legal blogosphere, decided to put together some major Supreme Court decisions and how Donald Trump might describe them if asked to do so. The results are absolutely hilarious, of course. A few of my favorites: … [Read more...]

Conservative Con Law Scholars Speak Out Against Trump

A group calling themselves Originalists Against Trump, which includes some of the most prominent conservative legal scholars in the country, has put up a website taking a strong stand against electing Donald Trump as president. … [Read more...]

Jeffress: Judges Invented a Right to Privacy

Robert Jeffress, a megachurch preacher whose ignorance of constitutional law (and practically everything else) seems to know no bounds, repeats the tired old inanity that the Constitution does not contain a right to privacy and judges just made it up out of thin air. … [Read more...]

Rick Scarborough is Utterly Clueless

Wingnut preacher Rick Scarborough of Vision America couldn't be more clueless if he intentionally set out to achieve that. His latest holy water cistern full of stupid is his declaration that gay marriage "literally made it unlawful and illegal for Christians to hold positions on the federal courts." … [Read more...]

Klingenschmitt’s Weird ‘Understanding’ of the Constitution

Gordon Klingenschmitt has a rather bizarre conception of what the Constitution says. In response to the government finally agreeing to allow Chelsea Manning to have sex reassignment surgery, he says it's unconstitutional for the government to do so. … [Read more...]

The Danger of Robert Bork

Robert Bork died several years ago but he is still lauded by the right wing as having been unfairly denied a seat on the Supreme Court (he wasn't) and for being the model of a good conservative justice (he isn't). This is something I wrote in the early days of my blog addressing Bork's horrifying views. … [Read more...]

Another Man Arrested for Flag Desecration

It's been 25 years since the Supreme Court overturned all laws against flag "desecration," but word seems to travel might slow to some parts of the country. The police in Lafayette, Louisiana have arrested a man for setting a flag on fire. The ACLU of Louisiana tries to educate the ignorant local police: … [Read more...]

Principal Promises to Defy Constitution if Students Don’t Stand for Pledge

A public school principal in Florida is promising -- threatening -- to violate the rights of students by punishing them if they don't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem. Please try that. You'll be sued and you'll lose. … [Read more...]

Judge: Government Hacking a Computer is a Search

It seems like this should be the most obvious thing in the known universe, but sadly it's not. A federal judge has ruled that when the government hacks into your computer to get information they otherwise would not have access to, that's a search under the 4th Amendment. DUH. … [Read more...]

Americans United Sues Religious Charter School

My friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State have filed a federal lawsuit against a charter school in Arizona that is little more than a fundamentalist Christian indoctrination center. Charter schools are bound by the Establishment Clause just like any public school is. … [Read more...]

Illinois School Punishes Student for Not Standing for Pledge

A school in Blue Island, Illinois is apparently looking to get sued. After a high school student refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance, entirely within his rights, the teacher tried to physically force him to do so. Clueless teacher, please meet the student's attorney. … [Read more...]