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...]

Former Cop, Legislator Accuses Colin Kaepernick of Treason

If there's one thing that bugs the crap out of me, it's people accusing others of committing treason because they disagree on some political issue. Jeff Roorda, a retired cop and former Missouri state legislature, does that to Colin Kaepernick in a column at -- of course -- the Worldnetdaily. … [Read more...]

Barton Thinks He Can Get God-Soaked Textbooks into Public Schools

Professional liar David Barton says he has signed a contract to create a government textbook that will "have a lot of God in it" but will meet the curriculum standards in every state so it can be used in public school classrooms. Yeah, good luck with that. … [Read more...]

Raid to Find Critical Blogger Ruled Unconstitutional

When a Louisiana sheriff raided the home of someone he thought might be an anonymous blogger who had been criticizing him a few weeks ago, it was quite obvious that the search was unconstitutional despite a judge having signed the warrant. An appeals court has now ruled as such. … [Read more...]

TN Official Refuses to Perform Gay Weddings

A country trustee in Tennessee, who is empowered under state law to perform weddings and solemnize them, initially stopped doing weddings so he didn't have to do any for gay couples, but now he has resumed them again but is still refusing to do them for gay couples. … [Read more...]

Court: You Can’t Search a Car Because of the State It Comes From

In states that border states that have legal marijuana, either recreational or medicinal, the police often focus their attention on cars coming out of those states because it's more likely they're transporting pot. But an appeals court just ruled that you can't do a search merely because of that. … [Read more...]

DOJ Brief: No Pretrial Detention for Inability to Pay Bond

The Obama administration filed a brief in an important case arguing that judges should not be able to order defendants held in jail pending trial merely because they are too poor to afford to pay a bond. The DOJ has been on a nice roll lately. … [Read more...]

Gaffney and Rios Fondly Reminisce About Joseph McCarthy

Professional Islamophobe Frank Gaffney and professional moron Sandy Rios spent some time fondly reminiscing about the good old days of Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, wishing they could send their political enemies in front of it today. … [Read more...]

Brian Kilmeade: Still an Idiot

Brian Kilmeade, who still holds the #2 spot on my list of the dumbest people on Fox News (behind Steve Doocy, of course), strengthens his hold on that spot with his attempted defense of Trump's anti-Muslim immigration policies by reference to the Alien and Sedition Acts. … [Read more...]

What Some Conservative Legal Scholars Think About Trump

Given rather unpopular nominees for the two major parties, both sides are arguing that the Supreme Court alone justifies a vote for their candidate. And that's mostly right. The balance of power on the court hangs in the balance. But some conservative legal scholars are speaking out against Trump anyway. … [Read more...]