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Apr 17

Constitution Check: Do lower court judges have a right to criticize the Supreme Court?



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The First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech does not have an exception for federal judges, so the only restraint on what they say publicly–in court or outside–is their sense of ethical propriety.



Apr 17

The Supreme Court on sex discrimination: Searching to justify a different result



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On April 17, 1905, the Supreme Court decided Lochner vs. New York, which involved New York’s regulation of the number of hours a bakery employee could work. As framed by the court, the issue was what test was to be used in assessing legislation which restricted an individual’s right to enter into contract.



Apr 16

Tax holiday inspired by freedom



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Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.



Apr 15

Jackie Robinson’s crossing of the Rubicon



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Sometimes it is possible to change everything simply by showing up. A person can symbolically right generations of wrongs by just walking through an open door.



Apr 15

The Constitution This Week: Egypt, evolution, and more



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Here’s a brief look at the top constitutional news stories and commentaries from this week: Egypt, evolution, and more.