Author Donald B. Kraybill looks at the controversy in Ohio over Amish beard cutting hate crimes in this excerpt from his new book, Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers.
A new law signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown makes California the second state to mandate a remote “kill switch” for all smartphones—but at what cost to the Constitution?
In its premier role as America’s Town Hall, the National Constitution Center welcomes guests from across the political spectrum—respected leaders who continue to shape American civic life.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at the revival of public shaming as a punishment, and why a Pennsylvania court nullified such a sentence for a former justice.
Last week, the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City dropped its lawsuit against a local Satanist group over the use of consecrated hosts for a “black mass.” But that doesn’t mean Satanists have shied away from asserting their constitutional rights.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia opposes same-sex marriage, but in a twist of fate his own words could make the unions a reality if the issue makes it back to the high court.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s adviser on constitutional literacy, looks at a new debate over the nature of local policing, and if a program of military giveaways may have had some seriously unfortunate consequences in the Ferguson situation.
For the first time in nearly a century, a sitting Texas governor faces criminal charges for alleged “abuse of official capacity” and “coercion of a public official” in an ongoing dispute with a local district attorney.
After more violence in Ferguson, Missouri, reports of additional journalist arrests have sparked debate about the media’s First Amendment right to report the news without obstructing police activities.
The public protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over a police shooting have expanded an ongoing debate about the First Amendment right of journalists and citizens to record video of police activities.