Speaking from the Shadows: How the Internet Has Changed the Meaning of “Anonymous” The First Amendment right to speak anonymously is well-established, and, at various times throughout American history, it has protected some of the most important speech in our political discourse. But anonymous speech also has a dark underbelly, which has been transformed and […]
Early last week, G. Thomas Porteous Jr. made headlines when he became the first impeachment trial since Bill Clinton. But what does impeachment mean, and why is it in our Constitution?
Today is Constitution Day, a young holiday. You will be excused if you were not prepared to observe it. But you should. Here’s why.
We frequently refer to our two-party system and think in terms of Democrat and Republican, but our political differences aren’t always so neatly contained
I’m ready. I’ve been cramming for this Midterm for the last few days. I’ve researched all the players, I’ve checked all their records, I’ve picked my team. I’m ready to vote. These are the elections that can set the stage for a huge power struggle between the executive and legislative branch or set it up […]
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 […]
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 […]
As pointed out in a recent New York Times article, the role of the Supreme Court Clerk is changing.
For most of the Supreme Court’s history, the job of Supreme Court clerk has been both prized and private. There has long been suspicion that the clerks — who are among the most promising recent graduates from the top law schools around the country — wield enormous power, sifting the cert pile to advance one […]
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 […]