Bill Of Rights

DC sniper to be resentenced after judge overturns life-without-parole rulings

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A federal judge in Virginia overturned the two life sentences of Washington-area sniper Lee Boyd Malvo on Friday, more than a …

Eighth Amendment

Atta Boy: Texas Improves Access To Second Amendment Rights

While the left is trying to distract you with a new outrage, it’s important that we celebrate today that Texas just passed a law to make it easier …

Second Amendment

Huffington Post Apparently Doesn’t Understand How The First Amendment Works

<i>Huffington Post’s</i> senior culture writer, <b>Zeba Blay</b>, blasted Vice President <b>Mike Pence</b> on Monday for “perverting the idea of free speech itself” during …

First Amendment

Utah anti-cyberbullying law faces criticism

The law would allow online bullies to be sent to jail for a year, but vague language in the law has led many to raise concerns about the implications …

First Amendment

Leo comes out swinging with quip about rival Simon's trailing campaign

"When you arrived a little bit late I was a bit worried you were pulling out," Mr Varadkar said to the housing minister.<p>Mr Coveney said "my response …

Eighth Amendment

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviolent crimes

Trump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania men who were convicted more than 20 years ago of nonviolent crimes.<p>The case of Sessions vs. Binderup puts the new administration in a potentially …

Second Amendment

Why the body-slamming of a reporter in Montana is so chilling

When a candidate for Congress in Montana body-slams a member of the press, we have passed the point...


Trump's attack on First Amendment press freedoms puts reporters at the tip of the spear

It's impossible to view Montana Republican Greg Gianforte's assault on journalist Ben Jacobs in isolation. As many outlets are now pointing out, the …

First Amendment

Republicans claim 1st Amendment right to send you robo-voicemails

GOP asks FCC to exempt direct-to-voicemail messages from robocall rules.<p>You might start getting many more voicemails if Republicans get their wish.<p>A …

First Amendment

Sasse: Mont. Republican doesn't understand First Amendment

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Thursday went after GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte after he allegedly slammed a reporter to the floor the day …

First Amendment

First Amendment Inflation

What happened with Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte and reporter Ben Jacobs is not a First Amendment issue; the First Amendment does …

First Amendment

Knopf to Publish Children's Book by Khizr Khan

The Gold Star father who gave a stirring speech at last year's DNC has written a middle-grade nonfiction book about the Constitution.


Judge puts Heather Mack in a pickle, says she waived the 5th

A Cook County judge may have put Heather Mack in a legal pickle Thursday, ruling she has waived her constitutional right not to incriminate herself …


Alternative Evidence

<i>Slate is running a series of monthly dialogues between two of the nation’s most esteemed jurists, Richard A. Posner and Jed S. Rakoff. These</i> …

Constitutional Amendments

Leaks: A Uniquely American Way of Annoying the Authorities

WASHINGTON — British leaders were infuriated this week when the name of the Manchester concert bomber was disclosed by American officials, and further outraged when The New York Times ran investigators’ photographs of the bomb remnants. After Prime Minister Theresa May complained bitterly to …

First Amendment

The Issue Democrats Wish Would Go Away

Can the Democratic Party retake Congress by giving up on gun control? Should it?<p>The progressive hope in Thursday’s special election to represent Montana’s at-large House district can be seen in an ad caressing a gun he lovingly calls “this old rifle.” In another spot, Democratic nominee Rob Quist …

Gun Control

Do Flynn’s Documents Come Under the Fifth Amendment?

He may not want to incriminate himself. But are his documents protected in the same way?

Constitutional Amendments

The world in brief, May 24th 2017

On his last day in the Middle East, <b>Donald Trump</b> met <b>Mahmoud Abbas</b>, the Palestinian leader, in Bethlehem. The American president promised “to do …

Mahmoud Abbas

Congress, give Flynn immunity

<b>(CNN) —</b> Michael Flynn has a story to tell, but we may never get to hear it.<p>According to his lawyer, Flynn plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment right and refuse to comply with a document subpoena from the Senate, unless and until he is granted immunity.<p>So far, senators haven't been willing to take …


‘If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth?’ Trump said — years after invoking it himself

President Trump and his former national security adviser Michael Flynn have lambasted political opponents for taking the Fifth Amendment.<p>But at different times in the past, both men have exercised the constitutional right that protects them from self-incrimination.<p>Flynn did so Monday, when he …

Donald Trump

Judge Agrees Broadcasters Have First Amendment Right to Refuse Advertisements

SiriusXM wins a lawsuit against a dating company as a result.<p>SiriusXM has just scored a victory that also provides a lesson in this fraught political …

First Amendment

Russia hearings will bring more noise…and a notable silence

<b>WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY</b><p>We’ve reached the stage of the Russia investigations where <b>those who don’t speak could cause as much damage</b> to President …


Speech restrictions in the early 1900s

<i>Excerpted, by permission of Yale University Press, from “The Soul of the First Amendment” by Floyd Abrams, 2017.</i><p>For all its eighteenth-century lineage, the First Amendment was not seriously explored and then applied in opinions of the Supreme Court until well into the twentieth century.<p>I had …

First Amendment

Republicans claim that spamming your voicemail is their First Amendment right

There’s a reason your cell phone isn’t as inundated with telemarketing robocalls as your landline is (if you still have a landline): federal law …

First Amendment

Mike Flynn is pleading the Fifth. Here's what Trump used to think of that

<b>(CNN) —</b> Months before it was reported that fired former national security adviser Michael Flynn would invoke his Fifth Amendment protections rather than comply with a congressional subpoena, at least two top White House aides, President Donald Trump and Flynn himself all suggested that doing so was …

Donald Trump

Michael Flynn is pleading the 5th to decline a subpoena — here's what that means

On May 22, former national-security adviser Michael Flynn chose to plead the Fifth Amendment in response to a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee (SIC). The subpoena called on Flynn to supply documents related to his involvement with Russian officials within the past two years.<p>The case …


Wikimedia is clear to sue the NSA

A federal appeals court has ruled the Wikimedia Foundation does have grounds to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools. A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the NSA was actually illegally spying on its …

Fourth Amendment

Sorry, you can’t protest security screening by getting naked for the TSA

Man charged by Oregon, and the feds, for stripping at a TSA checkpoint.<p>An Oregon man who stripped naked at an airport security screening checkpoint …

First Amendment

Technically critiquing traffic-light policy without an engineering license => $500 fine (and prospect of more)

The Institute for Justice (one of my favorite law firms, and one of the top libertarian public interest law firms in the country) is litigating the case of Mats Järlström:<p>Mats is a Swedish-born electronics engineer. He has the equivalent of an American Bachelor of Science in electrical …

First Amendment

Feds ‘concerned’ about Napoleon memo on immigrants

Other Mich. cops say they don’t agree with Napoleon’s policy and will cooperate when asked to detain illegal immigrants

Fourth Amendment