Wingnut on Wingnut Crime: Lahren vs Beck

Praise the lord and pass the popcorn. Tomi Lahren, aka Hitler's wet dream, is suing Glenn Beck for wrongful termination after he fired her for coming out as pro-choice -- after swearing he would never fire her for views that disagreed with his because he considers her free speech to be sacred. … [Read more...]

7th Circuit: Civil Rights Act Forbids Sexual Orientation Discrimination

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc rehearing, again upheld the Obama administration's interpretation of the Civil Rights Act, agreeing that the ban on gender discrimination includes a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. … [Read more...]

O’Reilly Gets a Presidential Character Witness

Donald Trump leaped to the defense of his buddy Bill O'Reilly, saying that he should not have settled those lawsuits because he didn't do anything wrong. So does that mean if you settle, it proves you did do something wrong? Trump University, anyone? … [Read more...]

Liberty Counsel’s Absurd Take on a Losing Lawsuit

Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit [CORRECTION: Sorry, but I was wrong about this. I assumed they had filed it because what law firm issues a press release about a case they aren't involved in? But they did not file it, someone else did.] that they admitted was ridiculous against same-sex marriage, though it wasn't ridiculous in the way they thought it was. They filed it on behalf of two people, one who wanted to marry their computer and the other wanted to marry their parrot. That suit has been … [Read more...]

Michael Flynn’s Immunity Request and the Law

Zack Beauchamp has a very informative article at Vox about Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's request for immunity in exchange for his testimony about Trump and the various aspects of the Russia investigations being carried out by the FBI and Congress. First, he notes that he isn't likely to get it granted. … [Read more...]

Fischer Doesn’t Understand How the Courts Work

Wingnut extraordinaire Bryan Fischer once again puts his ignorance and hypocrisy on display by urging Trump to defy the federal judge in Hawaii who issued an injunction preventing enforcement of the Muslim ban 2.0. He seems to have no idea how the courts actually work. … [Read more...]

Trump Uses Losing Clinton Case to Get Lawsuit Dismissed

Donald Trump is being sued by a former contestant on The Apprentice for sexual harassment and his attorneys are trying to use the same argument that Bill Clinton used to claim the president can't be sued for private behavior. The Supreme Court rejected that argument by Clinton -- unanimously. … [Read more...]

Michigan, Flint Reach Settlement to Replace Lead Pipes

The state of Michigan and the city of Flint have reached a settlement in the dispute over lead in the drinking water. The settlement requires the state to pay $100 million to replace thousands of lead pipes throughout the city and keep distributing bottled water until that job is finished. … [Read more...]

Balkin Explains the Psychological Appeal of Originalism

I've been having an exchange with Andrew Torrez of the Opening Arguments podcast about originalism and it has prompted me to go back and reread some things, including parts of Jack Balkin's book Living Originalism, an alternative version that I find very compelling. … [Read more...]

Trump Goes After Teenager for Joke Website

The endlessly litigious Donald Trump has sicced his lawyers on a 17 year old girl who put up a joke website to test her coding skills that had kittens batting around an image of Trump's face. They sent her a letter demanding that it be taken down. … [Read more...]

‘Teach the Controversy,’ Now With 250% More Lawsuits!

A Republican legislator in Florida has proposed a bill that would allow anyone -- parents, teachers or just some random person from anywhere -- sue a school district for teaching actual science in science classrooms. Genius! … [Read more...]

Trump Invokes State Secrets Privilege Too

We've found one point on which the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations all agree. They all agree that no victim of illegal surveillance or torture should ever get a shot at justice in a court of law because they'll use the State Secrets Privilege to get the case dismissed. … [Read more...]