Cuomo Vetoes Important Indigent Defense Bill

New York's public defender system is a disaster and has been for a long time. After losing a major lawsuit over it, the legislature voted unanimously for the state to provide funding and control of indigent defense from counties, but alleged liberal Andrew Cuomo just vetoed it. … [Read more...]

Trump Considers Another Unqualified Candidate — Baghdad Kellyanne’s Husband

Baghdad Kellyanne Conway's husband is reportedly being considered for the job of solicitor general by Donald Trump. Yes, he's a lawyer, but that does not make one qualified to be solicitor general, not by a long shot. And it smacks of nepotism as a result. … [Read more...]

Apparently, Horse Diapers Are Against God’s Will

A group of Amish people are suing the state of Kentucky over a law requiring that horses be equipped with bags to catch their poop when traveling on public roads, because their "elders" say it violates God's will and they might be shunned if they comply with the law. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court To Hear Important Criminal Justice Case

Did you know that in many parts of the country, the police charge you a fee for being arrested even if you're completely innocent and no charges are ever filed? The Supreme Court is set to hear two cases challenging that practice as unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

Sessions is Very Upset by Challenges to Civil Asset Forfeiture

George Will has one of his occasionally intelligent columns, this time about Jeff Sessions, Trump's nominee to be the next attorney general. You know what really gets Sessions upset? Anyone who challenges the blatantly unconstitutional practice of civil asset forfeiture. … [Read more...]

Court: Mandatory Drug Testing of College Students Unconstitutional

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that mandatory drug testing of college students was unconstitutional, upholding the district court's injunction to stop the practice. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Missouri. … [Read more...]

FFRF Suit on Texas Nativity Scene Moves Forward

The FFRF is suing the state of Texas for removing a holiday display they put up last year at the state capitol, by direct order of Gov. Greg Abbott. Texas tried to get the case dismissed, but the judge has rejected that motion and allowed the case to move forward. … [Read more...]

South Carolina Has Sham ‘Academic Freedom’ Bill

The Freedom From Religion Foundation reports on a new bill in South Carolina that would protect the "academic freedom" of public school teachers to "express a religious viewpoint" and to "teach or communicate ideas or facts" not in the curriculum. H. 3345 says: … [Read more...]

Trump’s CIA Nominee Wants Even More Invasive Surveillance

The man Donald Trump is nominating to lead the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, is a big fan of government surveillance. In fact, he wants to go much further than either Presidents Bush or Obama went (and they pretty much shredded the 4th Amendment since 2001). … [Read more...]

California Steals Belongings of Homeless People

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the California Department of Transportation, which cruelly steals the belongings of homeless people, presumably in order to...what? Discourage them from being homeless? As if they just casually chose that "lifestyle"? … [Read more...]

Clerk Who Refused to Process Gay Marriage Licenses Loses in Court

Linda Summers, a clerk in Harrison County, Indiana, refused to process same-sex marriage licenses and was fired for it. She filed suit, claiming religious discrimination, and a federal district court in that state has now ruled against her. The court said, in part: … [Read more...]

Scott Lively’s Ignorance of Constitution Law is Boundless

The Christian right really, really hates the Supreme Court ruling in Everson v Board of Education, but they don't seem to understand what that ruling actually did. Deranged bigot Scott Lively calls it the single key ruling to use to vet nominees and demands that it be repealed. … [Read more...]