Conservatives Suddenly Discover a Right to Privacy

For more than 50 years now, the right wing has raged against the idea that there is any such thing as a right to privacy in the Constitution. It began with Griswold v Connecticut (1965), which found that married couples had a right to purchase contraception. Now suddenly they love that right to privacy. Here's the Heritage Foundation: … [Read more...]

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Pharmacy ‘Religious Freedom’ Case

The Supreme Court released the last orders of the 2015-2016 term on Tuesday and it included denying cert in a case out of Washington where a pharmacist challenged a state law requiring them to dispense birth control despite religious objections. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. … [Read more...]

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...]