ACLU Sues Torture Psychologists


The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of several people who were subjected to the CIA's torture regime during the Bush administration, but the suit is filed not against the government but against the two psychologists who designed the program. James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were the masterminds behind the torture procedures, a blatant violation of ethics, not to mention national and international law. … [Read more...]

Bank Robber Says Law Against Bank Robbery is Illegitimate


The old saying is that a lawyer who represents himself has an idiot for a client. But what about non-lawyers who represent themselves? They usually have an even bigger idiot for a client. Case in point, Dale Lester Morris, who is charged with robbing two banks and is refusing a public defender so he can represent himself. His argument? The law against bank robbery is unconstitutional. I'm not kidding. … [Read more...]

Columnist Makes Really Dumb Kim Davis Comparison

No, not the usual "Kim Davis is Rosa Parks" nonsense. Columnist Bob Egelko of the San Francisco Gate has a column in which he asks, "If Kim Davis should enforce law she opposes, what about AGs Brown, Harris and Prop. 8?" He argues that Kim Davis refusing to enforce the law and treat everyone who comes to her office for a license equally is just like an attorney general refusing to defend a law in court. … [Read more...]

Texas County Won’t Hire Non-Wingnuts


There's a lawsuit going on down in Texas where several people who applied for a position in the constable's office in Williamson County said that they were asked in interviews about their beliefs on gay marriage and abortion. A judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit recently, allowing it to move forward. And depositions in the case show the county commissioners admitting to having asked such questions: … [Read more...]

TN Judge Rejects Divorce Because of Gay Marriage

A local judge in Tennessee really needs to be removed from the bench after refusing to allow a heterosexual couple to get divorced because of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. His "reasoning" was that the Supreme Court had ruled that the people of Tennessee were incompetent to make their own laws on marriage, so he would have to wait for them to issue a ruling on who is and is not allowed to get divorced too. … [Read more...]

Judge Bunning Puts Kim Davis in Jail


Whoa, things got a lot more serious at this morning's hearing on a contempt of court motion than I expected. In their motion for contempt, the plaintiffs in the case had asked only for fines, not jail time, but Judge Bunning ruled that fines would be useless because Kim Davis' supporters would pay them for her (and he's right), so he told her to go directly to jail and remain there until she agrees to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. … [Read more...]

West Point Prof Publishes Horrifying Legal Paper


My former colleague Spencer Ackerman, now the national security editor for the Guardian, has a story about one of the most appalling papers I've ever heard of. A law professor at West Point named William Bradford has written a paper arguing that not only are Islamic holy sites a legitimate target for bombing by the U.S. military, but so are American legal scholars and journalists who are critics of the war on terror. … [Read more...]

Judge Slammed by Appeals Court in Wife Beating Case


I've pointed out many times that state legislatures and local councils are the place to find the dumbest and most ridiculous politicians, but the same is also true of judges. Because judges are elected positions in most states, a sizable percentage of those on the bench are local yokels who shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a courtroom. Here's a great example, a judge in Georgia who got hammered by the appeals court for some seriously appalling behavior in a domestic violence case. … [Read more...]

States Violating the Law By Cutting Medicaid Contracts With PP

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas and Gov. Ray Bentley of Alabama have already voided contracts with Planned Parenthood to provide services to women on Medicaid, from family planning to pap smears to breast cancer screenings. Other states are looking to do the same thing in the wake of those fake videos alleging that PP is selling fetal tissue. But the National Journal points out that they are actually violating federal law by doing so. … [Read more...]

Two Klayman Lawsuits Dismissed in One Week


It was not a good week for Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver. He had two federal court cases dismissed, the first a ridiculous RICO suit filed against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the second the suit against Obama's immigration orders filed on behalf of fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Needless to say, it's all due to a vast conspiracy against him. … [Read more...]

Victim-Blaming Judge Suspended in Montana

The Montana Supreme Court formally reprimanded and suspended (for 31 days) the judge who infamously blamed a 14 year old girl who was raped by one of her teachers and later committed suicide. Judge G. Todd Baugh says he's going to retire at the end of this year when his term expires. … [Read more...]

The Attack of the 50 Foot Gay Judges

Two openly gay judges have been confirmed for the federal bench and the anti-gay right is throwing quite a tantrum over it. The Worldnetdaily, naturally, is putting the megaphone in front of the bigots and offering up their dishonest and irrational arguments with no analysis whatsoever: … [Read more...]