Liberty Counsel Files Lawsuit to Get Moore Reinstated

Today in irony: Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of his client, suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, seeking to have him reinstated to his position and the proceedings against him dismissed. … [Read more...]

Judge Blocks Ohio Ban on Planned Parenthood Funding

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order forbidding the enforcement of a law that forbids any public funding of any affiliate of Planned Parenthood. This is only the first step. PP has asked for an injunction and the judge agreed that they would likely win the motion for one. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Makes Important Ruling on Racial Jury Dismissals

The Supreme Court handed down an important ruling on prosecutors dismissing jurors for racial reasons, but one that is unfortunately going to be limited in scope because of the particular circumstances. The ruling was 7-1 with Clarence Thomas unsurprisingly alone in dissent. … [Read more...]

Arpaio: It’s Not My Fault I Cost the County Tens of Millions

Fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio still refuses to accept any responsibility for the money he has cost the county defending his blatant misconduct and racist policing, which now amounts to well over $100 million. But it's not his fault, he says, it's the government and those pesky people who sue him over it. … [Read more...]

OK Legislature Approves Draconian Anti-Choice Bill

Remember that bill in Oklahoma that would make it a felony to perform abortions in the state of Oklahoma and revoke the medical license of any doctor who performs one? Well the OK legislature has now approved it, with virtually no debate, and sent it to the governor for her signature. … [Read more...]

Trump Supreme Court A-Lister Argued Against Overturning Sodomy Laws

Donald Trump released a list of 11 people from whom he would pick potential Supreme Court nominees if he's elected president. Most of the list is pretty mundane, but one name jumped out at me -- William Pryor. He's among the most right-wing judges on the bench and he once argued that states should still be allowed to put people in jail just for being gay. … [Read more...]

Steve King Wants to Reverse 60 Years of SCOTUS Rulings

Rep. Steve King, who is probably the second dumbest man in Congress behind Louis Gohmert, offers up the Christian right version of American history. He comes out not only against the rulings on prayer and Bible reading in schools (which he screws up in citing) but in favor of banning birth control too. … [Read more...]

Stone: Trump Should Pull CNN’s FCC License if Elected

Roger Stone, Donald Trump's consigliere, is really steamed that CNN banned him from their airwaves for his constant and vicious sexism and racism. And like his pal Trump, he's thin skinned enough to think the government should punish anyone who makes him mad. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Punts on Latest Obamacare Challenge

The Supreme Court handed down its ruling in Zubik v Burwell, the case challenging the so-called "secondary accommodation" for religious non-profits in the Affordable Care Act as a violation of religious freedom. Well, kind of. They punted on the case, remanding it back to the appeals courts to deal with. Lyle Denniston provides a basic analysis of the ruling: … [Read more...]

Ammon Bundy: ‘Significant Thinker’

Ammon Bundy's attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the criminal charges against him stemming from his takeover of the Malheur wildlife refuge, saying that he was committing an act of civil disobedience in order to prompt a civil suit to declare that the federal government can't own that land. The document is rather amusing. … [Read more...]

Why We Need Federal Funding for Indigent Defense

John Pfaff, a law professor at Fordham University, has an op-ed in the New York Times about the deplorable state of our indigent defense system in the United States, which is left entirely up to state and local governments and is vastly underfunded and lacking in resources. … [Read more...]

Staver Suddenly Loves Judicial Independence

Mat Staver, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is representing Christian Reconstructionist (read: fascist) Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in an ethics complaint filed against him for ordering judges in that state not to follow the Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling. And he's suddenly a fan of judicial independence: … [Read more...]