New Hampshire Latest State to Pass Forfeiture Reforms

New Hampshire is the latest state -- the 8th this year -- to pass reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws and I think they got it right. The new law signed by the governor there actually requires a criminal conviction in order to seize assets from a suspect. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas TRAP Laws

Color me shocked. I would have bet a significant amount of money that the Supreme Court would deadlock 4-4 in Whole Women's Health v Hellerstedt, the case challenging Texas' anti-choice TRAP laws, but the ruling was 5-3 striking down those restrictions. The importance of this case cannot be overstated. … [Read more...]

One More Huge Case Coming from Supreme Court

With the release of opinions on affirmative action and immigration on Thursday, there is one huge, controversial ruling set to come down next week, the last week of the Supreme Court term: Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a challenge to state TRAP laws designed to put abortion clinics out of business. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Weakens the 4th Amendment Further

The 4th Amendment, which is on life support if it still exists at all, was weakened yet again by the Supreme Court in Utah v Strieff, a case involving a pretextual traffic stop and the exclusionary rule. It was a 5-3 ruling, with Breyer joining the conservatives on the court and Thomas writing the opinion (of course). … [Read more...]

Clarence Thomas to Retire?

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports that Justice Clarence Thomas is "mulling retirement," a move that would cause major political shockwaves and would underscore the importance of controlling the White House over the next four years. … [Read more...]

Pratt: Eliminate the 9th Circuit!

The always unhinged Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America is quite upset that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently that the 2nd Amendment does not protect a right to carry concealed weapons, so being the reasonable guy that he is, he wants to just get rid of the 9th Circuit entirely. … [Read more...]

A Whole New Way for Police to Steal Your Money

Radley Balko reports on a whole new way for state and local police to seize your money without due process. It's bad enough that they can just take any cash they have on you if they pull you over, but now they can take your prepaid debit cards and empty them too. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Rules on Judicial Recusal Case

The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a 5-3 ruling in Williams v Pennsylvania, a case involving a state supreme court justice who refused to recuse himself in a death penalty appeal even though he was the prosecutor who handled the trial and recommended the death penalty [Thanks to Michael Heath for the correction -- he did not handle the case personally, he was the county prosecutor and one of his assistants actually handled the case, but he signed off on seeking the death penalty]. The … [Read more...]

Judge Issues Permanent Injunction on Gay Marriage in Alabama

While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore awaits the results of his second ethics complaint that could remove him from the bench for refusing to comply with a federal court order, the judge that issued that order has now made it a permanent injunction binding on all judges in that state. … [Read more...]

Robert Davi Wants Flag Burning to be a Felony

You know Robert Davi even if you don't recognize the name. He's one of the That Guys you see in a million movies, but never as the star. He's also a big fan of Donald Trump. And a big fan of putting people in prison for burning an American flag, which makes him an authoritarian asshole. … [Read more...]

Ft. Riley Blatantly Violates My First Amendment Rights

Disgraced former Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, who was discharged from the military precisely because he could not separate his religion from his job, swore an oath to defend the Constitution, but clearly does not understand it. Listen to his weird conception of the First Amendment: … [Read more...]

The Bill for Arpaio’s Misconduct Continues to Grow

The taxpayers of Maricopa County, Arizona have already paid out more than $120 million defending fascist Sheriff Joe Arpaio in court and paying out victims of his racism and misconduct. Now with the finding of civil contempt for refusing to follow court orders, that bill is going to get even bigger. … [Read more...]