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  • Vendetta (Anti-2nd Amendment Judicial Tyranny in Oregon)

    02/13/2017 11:40:37 AM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    oregonfirearms.org ^ | Feb. 13, 2017
    By now many of you know that Mike Strickland, a pro-gun, free lance journalist was convicted of 21 counts of self defense on Friday, Feb.10. Strickland had been attacked by a mob in Portland while covering a “Black Lives Matter” protest. The attack was planned and coordinated in advance. You can read more about it here. Victoria Taft has done an outstanding job of documenting the attack and the trial and you can see that here. In truth, Mike was convicted the moment he was arrested by Portland Police for defending himself against the same kind of mobsters who have...
  • The Ninth Circuit’s Power Grab

    02/10/2017 11:32:43 AM PST · by b4its2late · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/10/2017 | The Editors
    The Ninth Circuit’s decision against President Trump’s immigration order is worse than wrong. It is dangerous. To review, Trump issued an executive order blocking entry by refugees and aliens from seven Muslim-majority countries. The travel restriction is to be short-lived: a period of months while better vetting procedures are developed. The administration, moreover, did not pluck the seven countries from its allegedly anti-Muslim imagination. They were cited in a statute enacted by Congress and signed by President Obama, based on the richly supported conclusion that these countries — Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, and Sudan — are riven by...
  • The Hammer Falls (Trump's Executive Order and Judicial Supremacy)

    02/09/2017 9:04:08 PM PST · by OddLane · 65 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | February 10, 2017 | Gerard Perry
    The temporary restraining order against President Trump’s executive order is still in effect, as you probably know. Josh Blackman has a good analysis of the ruling on his website, which I would recommend reading. There are a number of fascinating and disturbing elements of this decision, including the imposition of a “no evidence” standard upon the Trump administration. Although some are attempting to put the best face on what is a sweeping, unprecedented ruling, the truth is that we are entering uncharted waters. We have the largest circuit court in the federal system essentially erasing the plenary power doctrine as...
  • Vanity: Can the president ignore the court and continue with his valid executive order?

    02/09/2017 4:01:56 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 368 replies
    February 9, 2017 | Jim Robinson
    Vanity Discussion Question: Can the president ignore the court order and continue with his valid executive order? It appears the president is acting in accordance to his constitutional powers and specifically in accordance to laws regarding immigration and has been challenged and overridden by an unconstitutionally political activist (liberal) court. If so, can he can he continue with his valid orders controlling the actions of the executive branch? No doubt this would set up a "constitutional crisis" but this is going to happen soon anyway as it's the only way we will ever restore constitutional government, ie, the liberal activist...
  • Trump must break judicial power

    02/09/2017 6:39:29 PM PST · by Mariner · 75 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | February 9th, 2017 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    “Disheartening and demoralizing,” wailed Judge Neil Gorsuch of President Trump’s comments about the judges seeking to overturn his 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from the Greater Middle East war zones. What a wimp. Did our future justice break down crying like Sen. Chuck Schumer? Sorry, this is not Antonin Scalia. And just what horrible thing had our president said? A “so-called judge” blocked the travel ban, said Trump. And the arguments in court, where 9th Circuit appellate judges were hearing the government’s appeal, were “disgraceful.” “A bad student in high school would have understood the arguments better.” Did...
  • Seattle judge blocks Trump immigration order

    02/03/2017 4:38:49 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 202 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 3, 2017 | Scott Malone and Dan Levine
    SEATTLE/BOSTON - A federal judge in Seattle on Friday granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking U.S. President Donald Trump's recent action barring nationals from seven countries from entering the United States. The judge's order represents a major challenge to the Trump administration, which is expected to immediately appeal. The judge declined to stay the order, suggesting that travel restrictions could be lifted immediately. The challenge was brought by the state of Washington and later joined by the state of Minnesota. The Seattle judge ruled that the states have legal standing to sue, which could help Democratic attorneys general take...
  • Trump win resets culture war debate on abortion, LGBT rights

    11/13/2016 11:48:25 AM PST · by heterosupremacist · 39 replies
    http://hosted.ap.org ^ | 11/13/2016 | David Crary & Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) -- For the combatants in America's long-running culture wars, the triumph of Donald Trump and congressional Republicans was stunning - sparking elation on one side, deep dismay on the other. Advocates of LGBT rights and abortion rights now fear setbacks instead of further gains. But the outcome emboldened the anti-abortion movement and breathed new life into the religious right's campaign for broad exemptions from same-sex marriage and other laws. Kelly Shackelford, head of First Liberty Institute, a legal group that specializes in religious freedom cases, said that, for his cause, the environment will transform from "brutal" under...
  • Government Must Ask Parliament to Trigger Article 50, High Court Rules (Overturning Brexit?)

    11/03/2016 6:08:33 AM PDT · by Bratch · 23 replies
    BREITBART LONDON ^ | 3 Nov 2016 | BREITBART LONDON
    The government must consult parliament before invoking Article 50, the High Court has ruled. The court ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the authority to use the Royal Prerogative to invoke the EU divorce process. The Lord Chief Justice has ruled that the government’s arguments are “contrary to fundamental constitutional principles of the sovereignty of parliament”. He added: “The court does not accept the argument put forward by the government. There is nothing in the text of the 1972 Act to support it.” Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence...
  • Appeals Court blocks Kansas, Alabama, Georgia on voter ID rule

    09/10/2016 10:34:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    reuters ^ | Sep. 10, 2016 | Eric Beech and Brendan O'Brien
    A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday blocked an effort by Alabama, Georgia and Kansas for voters to furnish proof of citizenship when registering at the polls, which opponents say disenfranchises voters, especially minorities. The decision effectively strikes down a rule that requires voters in the three states to provide proof they are United States citizens. Elsewhere, voters only need swear that they are citizens in order to cast a ballot. "With just weeks to go before a critical presidential election, we are grateful to the court of appeals for stopping this thinly veiled discrimination in its tracks," Chris Carson,...
  • JUDGE BLOCKS NORTH DAKOTA'S VOTER IDENTIFICATION LAW

    08/01/2016 7:00:48 PM PDT · by PROCON · 92 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | JAMES MACPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- A federal judge on Monday blocked North Dakota's voter identification law after a group of American Indians said it unfairly burdens them - the latest court ruling against voting laws that critics say disproportionately affect minorities. U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland issued a temporary restraining order and criticized the state for its 2013 repeal of provisions that let people without valid IDs vote if someone vouched for them or if they signed an affidavit swearing they were a qualified voter.
  • Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law

    07/01/2016 4:11:04 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    wreg-tv ^ | 7/1/16
    A federal judge blocked a controversial Mississippi law that would’ve gone into effect Friday, which would’ve allowed businesses and government employees to deny services to gay and transgender people based on religious grounds. U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves issued a 60-page opinion in which he described the Mississippi law, known as House Bill 1523, as “state-sanctioned discrimination.” “There are almost endless explanations for how HB 1523 condones discrimination against the LGBT community, but in its simplest terms it denies LGBT citizens equal protection under the law,” he wrote. He cited many
  • Striking Move by Brooklyn Judge in Felony Drug Case: Probation, Not Prison

    05/25/2016 10:22:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 25, 2016 | BENJAMIN WEISER
    A federal judge in Brooklyn, in an extraordinary opinion that calls for courts to pay closer attention to the impact of felony convictions on people’s lives, sentenced a young woman in a drug case to probation rather than prison, saying on Wednesday that the collateral consequences she would face as a felon were punishment enough. The judge, Frederic Block of Federal District Court, said that the broad range of such collateral consequences served no “useful function other than to further punish criminal defendants after they have completed their court-imposed sentences.” The judge noted that there were nearly 50,000 federal and...
  • CO Attorney General Orders Boulder to Stop Issuing Fake Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

    09/27/2015 6:29:57 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 1, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Update: Hall ignored the deadline and proceeded to issue unconstitutional marriage licenses. As reported by The Denver Post: "This was not a hard decision. I'm proud to do this for my community," Hall said Tuesday afternoon, adding, "it's not about politics. This is about people who love each other." Hall's office has issued 88 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since Wednesday, when the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck Utah's ban on gay marriage.
  • Kim Davis taught us how bad liberals really are

    09/14/2015 6:54:05 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 17 replies
    Renew America ^ | September 12, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    If there is one overarching observation that I could make from the discussions I've seen on the internet about Kim Davis' recent imprisonment, it is that there are a powerful lot of uninformed, inarticulate, cognitively-challenged folks out there on the information superhighway. It seems like any place you go where there is an article about Kim Davis and her refusal to issue illegal marriage licenses to homosexual couples, you will quickly find yourself surrounded by mouth-breathers raucously asserting that she "deserved to go to jail" for "breaking the law" and "violating their constitutional rights." Even "conservative" establishmentarian pundits like George...
  • Schlafly: Judicial Tyranny in Kentucky

    09/07/2015 10:45:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 8, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    When the Supreme Court ruled by the narrowest possible margin that Kentucky's definition of marriage is unconstitutional, the court's decision was qualified by its assurance that religious freedom would not be jeopardized. "The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection," the court solemnly intoned on June 26. In the Appalachian hills of eastern Kentucky, one brave woman is testing whether Justice Anthony Kennedy really meant it when he wrote those words. But the local federal judge for eastern Kentucky, David Bunning, has wrongly sent Kim Davis to jail for her beliefs, without respecting or accommodating...
  • Next, Oregon: Marion County judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages

    09/05/2015 11:32:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    KGW ^ | 09/05/2015
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A Marion County judge has refused to perform same-sex marriages and has asked his clerks to refer couples seeking same-sex marriages to other county judges. Judge Vance Day, a circuit court judge and former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, is now facing an ethics investigation over that decision, according to the judge’s spokesman. Spokesman Patrick Korten said Day instructed his staff to tell couples that the judge will not perform same-sex marriages. The staffers were instructed to refer same-sex couples to other Marion County judges willing to issue them a marriage license. Korten said Day took...
  • Supporters to Stage “I’m with Kim” Rally at Jail [Grayson, KY]

    09/04/2015 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 116 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | September 4, 2015 | lc.org
    Grayson, KY – Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, will join supporters at a rally outside the Carter County Detention Center on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. ET.  The “I’m with Kim” Rally is organized by Gov. Mike Huckabee. Liberty Counsel is willing to join any group that stands in support of Kim Davis. “Not long ago 75 percent of Kentuckians passed the state’s marriage amendment. Today a Christian is imprisoned for believing what the voters affirmed, that marriage is between a man and a woman,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “Five people on the...
  • Statement of Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis - It's a Heaven or Hell decision.

    09/04/2015 1:36:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 162 replies
    Liberty Counsel ^ | September 1, 2015 | Kim Davis
    Kim Davis released the following statement a few days ago: I have worked in the Rowan County Clerk’s office for 27 years as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be elected as the Clerk in November 2014, and took office in January 2015. I love my job and the people of Rowan County. I have never lived any place other than Rowan County. Some people have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on track to generate a surplus for the county of 1.5 million dollars. In addition to my desire...
  • School band told to stop performing 'How Great Thou Art'

    08/24/2015 8:12:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    foxnews ^ | Aug. 21, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part of their halftime show — in violation of a federal court order.“The Rankin County School Board and District Office are very saddened students will not be able to perform their halftime show they have worked so hard on this summer,” the district wrote in a statement to the Clarion Ledger newspaper. In 2013 a student sued the district over a...
  • Court bars anti-abortion group from releasing new videos

    07/29/2015 5:45:03 PM PDT · by BAW · 190 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 29, 2015 | AP
    A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously shot viral covert video of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research. The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.
  • How to fight judicial tyranny

    06/30/2015 11:37:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies
    conventionofstates.com ^ | June 30, 2015 | by Convention of States
    In Justice Scalia’s dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges he said, “It is of no special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.” Whatever one’s views on marriage, our Founders made it clear that the federal government is a child of the states -- not the other way around. The Supreme Court’s decision to legislate from the bench on a matter rightly...
  • Michigan Same-Sex Couples Celebrate As They Wed Among Activists And Lawyers [Dominos Free Pizza!]

    06/27/2015 9:54:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 20 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | June 27, 2015 | Amanda Holpuch and Ryan Felto
    Michigan Same-Sex Couples Celebrate As They Wed Among Activists And Lawyers Amanda Holpuch and Ryan Felton 27 June 2015 Shortly after 10am on Friday, Chris Berghuis was barraged by texts from his partner, Derek Davis, asking: “Are you here yet?” The destination was the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where marriage licenses were being issued to both same-sex and heterosexual couples after the state’s marriage ban had been struck down in a pivotal supreme court ruling that brought marriage equality to the entire United States. Davis filled out the forms while his soon-to-be-husband drove from work, ecstatic...
  • Legacy: Obama now an equal with Ronald Reagan, says pollster Zogby

    06/27/2015 9:09:09 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 29 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | june 27, 2015 | paul bedard
    In his weekly presidential report card, pollster John Zogby found that President Obama's legacy was greatly improved by two key Supreme Court decisions, endorsing same sex marriage and Obamacare, and passage of controversial trade agreements. "There have been some bad weeks and some less than stellar ones. This one was the kind of week that most presidents can only dream about." A GOP Congress passed the largest free trade pact with the largest market in the world. "The Supreme Court voted 6-3 to uphold 'state' subsidies under Obamacare." "A combination of major southern states and retailers vowed to stop manufacturing, selling,...
  • THE SILENCING: Paper Will Limit Anti-Gay Marriage Op-Eds

    06/26/2015 2:27:59 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 101 replies
    daily caller ^ | 06/26/15 | Betsy Rothstein
    The editorial board of PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. is taking a hardcore stance against those who disagree with the Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage. “As a result of Friday’s ruling, PennLive/The Patriot-News will no longer accept, nor will it print, op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage,” they declared. After receiving strong pushback, the newspaper’s editorial board, which is overseen by Editorial Page Editor John Micek, quickly revised its policy. Freedom of speech will be allowed — but only for a “limited” period of time. Micek explained on Twitter: “Clarification: We will not...
  • Marco Rubio on the gay marriage ruling: We live in a republic and must abide by the law

    06/26/2015 5:32:37 PM PDT · by C19fan · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | June 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    At any other time, this statement would be wholly unremarkable. In the thick of a GOP presidential primary, though? Right after the the hottest hot-button social issue of ‘em all has gone nuclear? When Mike Huckabee’s vowing some sort of second American revolution in defiance of the Court’s ruling? Kinda newsy. “I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman. People who disagree with the traditional definition of marriage have the right to change their state laws. That is the right...
  • Justice Kennedy: Same-Sex Marriage Bans Violate Equal Protection, ‘Harm and Humiliate Children’

    06/26/2015 8:40:45 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 13 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 6-26-2015 | Bridget Johnson
    (snip) “The Court has long held the right to marry is protected by the Constitution,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the opinion. “For example, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 12, invalidated bans on interracial unions, and Turner v. Safley, 482 U. S. 78, 95, held that prisoners could not be denied the right to marry.” Kennedy wrote that four principles “demonstrate that the reasons marriage is fundamental under the Constitution apply with equal force to same-sex couples.” “The first premise of this Court’s relevant precedents is that the right to personal choice regarding marriage is inherent in the concept...
  • BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Gay Marriage Is a Constitutional Right, Bans Struck Down

    06/26/2015 7:53:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The Supreme Court has struck down state bans on gay marriage and has ruled 5-4 same sex marriage is a constitutional right. Same sex couples can now marry in all 50 states and states. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion and Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent, joined by Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas. From the opinion: Held: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. (4) The...
  • SCOTUS Decision": Gay Marriage Constituional Right

    06/26/2015 7:00:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 445 replies
    SCOTUS Blog ^ | June 26, 2015 | Me
    Holding: Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. 5-4 decision
  • With Little Fanfare, Mexican Supreme Court Effectively Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

    06/14/2015 1:33:06 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 14, 2015 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and PAULINA VILLEGAS
    MEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen. But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman. Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court. In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory....
  • The United States Is Not a Democracy

    05/05/2015 1:01:56 AM PDT · by kathsua · 14 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 4th, 201 | reasonmclucus
    “Power is the great evil with which we are contending. We have divided power between three branches of government and erected checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. However, where is the check on the power of the judiciary? If we fail to check the power of the judiciary, I predict that we will eventually live under judicial tyranny.” — Patrick Henry Americans are now living under judicial tyranny as one of our greatest patriots Patrick Henry predicted. For those who have forgotten Henry, he is the man who said “give me liberty or give me death.”
  • Message From a Pro Gay Marriage Heterosexual Republican

    02/23/2015 4:13:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 23, 2015 | Christian Caballero
    Fellow Republicans, you are sadly mistaken if you believe that the results of the November 2014 elections are a sign from the American people that the coast is clear to continue operating as you have in the past. You should not read into the results as predictive of the 2016 presidential elections. If you want to avoid a very short-lived honeymoon at the top you will have to govern in accordance with the realities that exist in America today. One of those realities is that the prohibition of gay marriage is a form of discrimination that our court system is...
  • Ruling by Miami-Dade judge allows same-sex marriages to begin in Florida

    01/05/2015 8:15:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 1/5/15 | PATRICIA MAZZEI AND STEVE ROTHAUS
    Miami-Dade County will become the first place in Florida to allow same-sex couples to marry on Monday, 13 hours before a gay-marriage ban that has been ruled unconstitutional is lifted in the rest of the state.
  • Florida gay marriage ban heads for midnight end [Into the Abyss. Media Delighted]

    01/05/2015 2:09:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Florida's ban on marriages between same-sex couples is headed for a midnight end, with wedding vows planned around the state. A stay expires late Monday in a federal judge's ruling striking down the ban enacted in 2008 by voters. Several court clerks are planning to begin issuing....
  • Obama's Federal Judges: Eleven Openly Gay Of His 305 District Court And Circuit Court Nominees

    December 19, 2014 JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS Recent Judicial Confirmations Put Obama Ahead of Predecessors This week, the Senate confirmed a dozen judicial nominees before the end of the “lame duck” session, reports Jennifer Bendery at The Huffington Post. “That puts Obama at a whopping 89 district court and circuit court confirmations for the year, and means he'll wrap up his sixth year in office with a grand total of 305 district court and circuit court confirmations -- a tally that puts him well beyond where his predecessors were by this point in their presidencies.” Many of these new judges will add...
  • Judge Wants To Force A Printer To Make Pro-Gay T-Shirts

    10/08/2014 3:00:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 8, 2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    An administrative law judge has ruled that a Kentucky printer’s refusal to print gay pride t-shirts “constitutes unlawful discrimination,” and, by extension, that printers cannot refuse to print materials promoting ideas they disagree with. Hands On Originals is a business that prints custom designs on clothes, accessories and other items like mugs and bottles. According to the ruling, Blaine Adamson, its managing owner, “instructed his sales representatives to decline to design, print, or produce orders whenever the requested material was perceived to promote an event or organization that conveys messages that are considered by the sales representative or Mr. Adamson...
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors held for supporting Same-Sex Marriage

    06/24/2014 12:45:31 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Maine News ^ | 6/24/14 | Petra Maria Longewag
    U.S. Conference of Mayors had a 4-day conference that ended on Monday. More than 200 mayors participated in this gathering that took place in Dallas. The result of this was U.S. Conference of Mayors urging federal courts up to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex couples nationwide to marry. The same conference was held back in 2009, that time too it endorsed the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. The same thing it reaffirmed in this current resolution. The major noting of the group was that that 19 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to marry....
  • Liberal Supreme Court Justice Talks Candidly about Rewriting the Constitution

    04/29/2014 5:26:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | KenBlackwell
    Editor's Note: Column was coauthored by Ken Klukowski. Justice John Paul Stevens doesn’t believe anyone has the right to own a gun, and admits that you would need to rewrite the Constitution to make his preference a legal reality. And that’s exactly what he thinks should happen. Throughout his 35-year tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Stevens was a lion of the Legal Left. He was an unapologetic advocate of the “Living Constitution”— that judges should continually reinterpret the words of the Constitution in accordance with what they, and other elite members of society, decide is the evolving enlightenment of...
  • Democracy Returns to the Senate

    11/21/2013 2:34:25 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 55 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 21, 2013 | Editorial Board
    For five years, Senate Republicans have refused to allow confirmation votes on dozens of perfectly qualified candidates nominated by President Obama for government positions. They tried to nullify entire federal agencies by denying them leaders. They abused Senate rules past the point of tolerance or responsibility. And so they were left enraged and threatening revenge on Thursday when a majority did the only logical thing and stripped away their power to block the president’s nominees. Democrats made the filibuster change with a simple-majority vote, which Republicans insisted was a violation of the rules. There is ample precedent for this kind...
  • CT, 2A Rights Attacked Behind Closed Doors, Time for Judge Brunetti to Find a New Career

    09/18/2013 7:27:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 18 September, 2013 | NA
    Bristol CT --(Ammoland.com)- During a closed door meeting in the judge’s chambers during a case Judge Robert C. “Brunes” Brunetti exposed his bigotry for fundamental civil rights in front of at least three defense attorneys. The violation came during the case of State of Connecticut v. Bruce Worley, docket number H17B-CR13-0055722S.Judge Brunetti expressed his contempt for the right to keep and bear arms, as spelled out in both the Second Amendment to the US constitution and Article 1, Section 15 of the Connecticut Constitution by stating in chambers that “No one in this country should have guns” and that he...
  • U.S. appeals court rejects states' challenge over climate rules

    07/26/2013 11:36:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 26, 2013 | By Lawrence Hurley
    A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a legal challenge by Texas and Wyoming to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 vote, said the states and various industry groups did not have standing to sue because they could not show that they had suffered an injury or that a ruling throwing out the EPA plan would benefit them. Texas and Wyoming objected in part to the tight deadlines the EPA imposed on them for coming up with...
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy Shuts Down Prop 8 Supporters' Request to Stop Gay Weddings

    06/30/2013 12:20:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/30/2014 | Caroline Bankoff
    Well, that was quick. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday evening ordered that same-sex marriages begin again in California, and after less than a day of weddings, Prop 8 advocates filed an emergency motion to halt the unions, claiming that they still had time to ask the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision to dismiss their challenge to a 2010 ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Kennedy, who is responsible for motions dealing with the Ninth Circuit, was swift in his response. The Associated Press reports that he "turned away the request on Sunday with no additional...
  • Scalia: 'High-Handed' Kennedy Has Declared Us 'Enemies of the Human Race'

    06/26/2013 9:53:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 126 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2013 | Tim Grieve
    Dissenting from this morning's opinion on the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia – as expected – holds nothing back. In a ripping dissent, Scalia says that Justice Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues in the majority have resorted to calling opponents of gay marriage "enemies of the human race."
  • U.S. Supreme Court wipes out Proposition 8's gay marriage ban

    06/26/2013 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Deo volente · 311 replies
    MercuryNews.com ^ | June 26, 2013 | Howard Mintz
    The U.S. Supreme Court today paved the way for same-sex couples to marry soon in California, effectively leaving intact a lower-court ruling that struck down the state's voter-approved ban on gay marriage. In a ruling that assures further legal battles, the high court found that backers of Proposition 8 did not have the legal right to defend the voter-approved gay marriage ban in place of the governor and attorney general, who have refused to press appeals of a federal judge's 2010 ruling finding the law unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruling, which found it had no legal authority to decide the...
  • Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon

    02/25/2013 6:19:50 AM PST · by blam · 112 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-25-2013 | Larry Bodine
    Court Rules There Is No Right To Carry A Concealed Weapon Larry Bodine, Lawyers.comFebruary 25, 2013, 6:42 AM In a sweeping ruling, the Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there is no Second Amendment right to carry a concealed firearm in public. The broad wording of the decision in Peterson v. Martinez creates a far-reaching national precedent against carrying a loaded handgun outside the home. The case began on a narrow point – a challenge by a Washington State man against Colorado’s law to issue CHL permits (“Concealed Handgun License”) only to state residents. But the final ruling...
  • Philly GOP: Poll inspectors being ousted for Dems

    11/06/2012 8:12:58 AM PST · by mandaladon · 55 replies
    Court-appointed Republican poll inspectors are being forcibly removed from voting stations in some Philadelphia wards and replaced in some cases by Democratic inspectors and even members of the Black Panthers, according to GOP officials. Secrets just received this memo from GOP officials: The Philadelphia GOP is reporting that court appointed Minority (read GOP) Inspectors are being thrown out of polling locations in several Wards. These Inspectors are election officials - again, court appointed -- and are reportedly being thrown out by the Head Judges of Elections (these Judges are elected Democrats) and being replaced by Democrats. This has happened at...
  • BREAKING: Second Circuit Court Finds Section 3 Of DOMA Unconstitutional

    10/18/2012 9:09:23 AM PDT · by massmike · 155 replies
    towleroad.com/ ^ | 10/18/2012 | n/a
    We have some breaking news out of New York: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled on Windsor v. the United States, a case challenging Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, and found a federal definition of marriage as one man and one woman violates the U.S. Constitution. "[W]e conclude that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act violates equal protection and is therefore unconstitutional," they wrote. Our legal eagle Ari Ezra Waldman will have a full analysis soon.
  • Prop. 8 Judge: 'What Judges Do and Must Do Is ... Move the Strike Zone'

    09/17/2012 10:10:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 17, 2012 | Pete Winn
    Judge Vaughn Walker, the now-retired federal judge in San Francisco who nullified California’s Proposition 8 in 2010, said if judges really are umpires, they must sometimes “move the strike zone” in order to champion social issues like same-sex marriage. “Case by case, what judges do and must do is take account of the pitcher and the batter in the legal arena, watch the windup, the throw, the curve, and the delivery and then, where they believe appropriate, move the strike zone,” Walker wrote on Aug. 28 in the University of Illinois Law Review. But Walker, flouting Justice Antonin Scalia and...
  • Judicial Betrayal (Thomas Sowell on John Roberts)

    07/02/2012 11:26:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 112 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Betrayal is hard to take, whether in our personal lives or in the political life of the nation. Yet there are people in Washington — too often, Republicans — who start living in the Beltway atmosphere, and start forgetting those hundreds of millions of Americans beyond the Beltway who trusted them to do right by them, to use their wisdom instead of their cleverness. President Bush 41 epitomized these betrayals when he broke his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge. He paid the price when he quickly went from high approval ratings as president to someone defeated for...
  • Court upholds EPA's greenhouse gas rules

    06/26/2012 2:13:38 PM PDT · by Jean S · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/26/12 | Ayesha Rascoe
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld the first-ever U.S. proposed rules governing heat-trapping greenhouse gases, clearing a path for sweeping regulations affecting vehicles, coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. Handing a setback to industry and a victory to the Obama administration, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously ruled the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that carbon dioxide is a public danger and the decision to set limits for emissions from cars and light trucks were "neither arbitrary nor capricious." The ruling, which addresses four separate lawsuits, upholds the underpinnings of the...
  • Philadelphia judge's verdict abrogates the state Castle Doctrine law(PA)

    06/03/2012 5:03:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    mcall.com ^ | 2 June, 2012 | Paul Carpenter
    In the Lowe case, news stories said, a thug named Loren Manning Jr., accompanied by two other thugs, jumped Lowe on a city street last October. Lowe, 57, is a disabled and retired Marine, who has had two strokes and two heart surgeries and wears a pacemaker. Manning and his sidekicks attacked Lowe and witnesses said Manning chased him and tried to clobber him with a metal pole before catching him and pinning him to the ground, where Lowe managed to retrieve a small pocket knife and used it to stick Manning, who, tragically, died. This is Philadelphia, mind you,...