Should Airport Security Officials be Able to Search the Content of Your Phone and Computer Laptop?

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Says “No” A recent article in Legal Times outlined a Fourth Amendment claim against airport security officers for searching the contents of laptop computers “without susipcion of wrongdoing.” the complaint asserts that “electronic devices like laptops, ‘smart’ phones, and external data storage devices hold vast amounts of personal […]

“We were prepared to go to court and sue if they did not put them up. Having a gun is a constitutional right.”

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, speaking about ads promoting gun ownership that his organization succesfully placed at the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s busstops despite the Agency’s policy of not promoting guns. Ironically, earlier this year the MTA had forced the makers of the movie “The Other Guys” starring Mark Wahlberg and […]

What the Constitution Really Has to Say About the Ground Zero Mosque

As I listen to the debate on the Ground Zero mosque, engage friends and neighbors on the subject, and read editorials in what I hoped would be a more enlightened press, it is disturbing to see so much ignorance of, or indifference to, the Constitution and constitutional values. Let’s begin with the argument that the […]

The Constitution in “Quotes”

“They always say that I must abide by laws and constitutions…I know what is in laws and in constitutions, but what we have here in Egypt is neither laws nor constitution.” Mohammed ElBaradei, the Nobel laureate, on the political situation in his homeland where 82 year old President Hosni Mubarak, who has been president since […]

Do the Homeless Deserve Protection as a Minority Class? In a Recenlty Published Piece, 2009 PJP Fellow Margo Pierce Says Yes

Margo Pierce, Jennings Fellow 2009, recently published a piece addressing an interesting question:, do the homeless deserve constitutional protection as a special class? That is, should we consider the homeless in the same manner that we consider other minority populations, such as African-Americans or homosexuals? Pierce’s work has appeared in several “street papers” – newspapers […]

The Vexing Issues of Texting and "Sexting" in Public Schools

As a writer and reporter on the subject of educational reform, I am struck by the number of new constitutional issues arising these days in the public schools. My introduction to this came at the PJP conference this past February when I participated in the workshop run by Vic Walczak on a case involving the […]