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Justice Kavanaugh and GMU Snowflakes

Justice Brett Kavanaugh U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School hired Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to co-teach a course this summer called Creation of the Constitution. The course will be held 3,668 miles away, in Runnymede, England, where the Magna Carta was sealed 800 years ago. Some George Mason University students and faculty have become triggered. One student told George Mason's Board of Visitors, “It has affected my mental health k...
Tags: Gun Rights News, Brett Kavanaugh, Walter E. Williams


Supreme Court grants review in three cases to decide, once and for all, whether Title VII protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination

Yesterday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear appeals in three cases, to decide whether Title VII's prohibition against "sex discrimination" expressly includes prohibitions against LGBTQ discrimination. I cannot overstate enough the importance of these cases to the future of American civil rights. Currently, only 21 states have statutes that protect against both sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment in the public and private sector. For the other 28 states (Ohio...
Tags: Jon Hyman


Roe v. Wade ‘Could Well Be Overturned’ With Kavanaugh on the Court, Planned Parenthood President Says

Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Leana Wen said Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abolition, “could well be overturned” with the addition of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. “I’m a doctor and a scientist and I have to look at the evidence,” Wen told TIME the TIME 100 Gala on Tuesday.…
Tags: Uncategorized, 2019 TIME 100, Onetime, Supreme Court, TIME 100


A “view” from the courtroom: Counting to five

Today is the oral argument in one of the term’s biggest cases, Department of Commerce v. New York, about the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. It is also a rare day for afternoon arguments, and rarer still because there will be two of those. Solicitor General Noel G. Francisco at lectern (Art Lien) When the court squeezed the census case into its already announced April calendar, it made the wise decision to push the two cases that were originall...
Tags: Featured, What's Happening Now


Argument analysis: Divided court seems ready to uphold citizenship question on 2020 census

The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in the dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. The federal government says that the Department of Justice wants data about citizenship to better enforce federal voting rights laws. But the challengers in the case counter that asking about citizenship will lead to an inaccurate count, because households with undocumented or Hispanic residents may not respond. After roughly 80 mi...
Tags: Featured, Merits Cases


Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes

In 1974 and 1998, articles of impeachment against Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Bill Clinton focused on the corrupt use of power to frustrate lawful investigations.
Tags: United States Politics and Government, Watergate Affair, Impeachment, Constitution (US, Clinton, Bill, Ford, Gerald Rudolph Jr, Kavanaugh, Brett M, Lewinsky, Monica S, McGahn, Donald F II, Mueller, Robert S III


Conservative Justices Seem Inclined To Keep Citizenship Question On Census

With so much at stake — the apportionment of political power nationwide, the adequate representation of immigrant communities, the scope of executive power —the Supreme Court arguments Tuesday over whether the Trump administration could add a citizenship question to the 2020 census wound up being highly technical. The much-anticipated hearing included ample discussion of phrases like “comparative errors,” “maximal need,” and “credible quantitative evidence.” What was not evident was any un...
Tags: DC, 2020 Census, Census Citizenship Question, Supreme Court, Tierney Sneed


The Meaning and Implications of the Mueller Report

I have finally finished reading the Mueller Report, slowly and with care. In one sense, the Report is more accessible than its intimidating four-hundred-plus pages may at first appear. The executive summaries of Volumes I and II are short, clear, and illuminating. Before voting in the 2020 primaries or general election, every literate American might consider reading them. On the other hand, it may be challenging for readers who are not sophisticated lawyers to figure out what is going on in...
Tags: Neil Siegel


What the Census Case Will Say About the Supreme Court

Can the Trump administration add a citizenship question? The answer will be a test of the court’s politicization.
Tags: Population, Census, Citizenship and Naturalization, Immigration and Emigration, Census Bureau, Commerce Department, House of Representatives, Supreme Court (US, Gorsuch, Neil M, Kavanaugh, Brett M, Kennedy, Anthony M, Obama, Barack


Happy High Holy Days — See Also

WEIRD THAT DON MCGAHN TURNS OUT TO HAVE A BACKBONE: Don McGahn comes off well in the Mueller report. Too bad he only did it for Kavanaugh. ABOVE THE KARDASHIAN: You realize we're going to keep publishing this stuff as long as you all keep clicking, right? THAT ENDED QUICKLY: MoFo's hardball tactics against gender discrimination plaintiffs hit a brick wall. HOUSE SUBPOENAS FULL MUELLER REPORT: Which means they're trying to forestall impeachment talk for another bit. LAW REVUE VIDEOS PLEASE: W...
Tags: Law, Kardashian, Mueller, Kavanaugh, Don McGahn, See Also


George Mason University Doesn’t Care That Students Oppose Kavanaugh’s Hire

"Even if the outcome is painful, what's at stake is very, very important for the integrity of the university."
Tags: News, George Mason University, Kavanaugh


Argument analysis: Spinning heads and swimming constitutional rights in debates over an accrual rule

McDonough v. Smith, argued Wednesday, saw justices and attorneys repeating metaphors about heads spinning and constitutional rights swimming. The justices seemed inclined to rule for the petitioner (supported by the United States) that his claim was timely and that the limitations period on a civil action should not begin until favorable termination of criminal proceedings. But the likely scope of the ruling remains uncertain. Respondent Youel Smith prosecuted petitioner Edward McDonough, a form...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Smith, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Kagan, McDonough, Samuel Alito, Kavanaugh


How Banning Abortion in the Early Weeks of Pregnancy Suddenly Became Mainstream

Bans on abortion early in pregnancy used to be rare. But in the past three months, so-called heartbeat bills have passed in four states, and more are in progress in 11 others.
Tags: News, Abortion, Ohio, Kavanaugh, Law and Legislation, Supreme Court (US, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Brett M


Argument analysis: “The last Johnson domino to fall”?

Today the Supreme Court considered “the last Johnson domino to fall” (at least potentially). The case, United States v. Davis, involves the possible implications of the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Johnson v. United States. Johnson invalidated the residual clause of the Armed Career Criminal Act, a statute that imposes additional punishment on persons with multiple prior convictions for “violent felonies.” Johnson held that the now-defunct residual clause of the ACCA, which defined a viol...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Beck, United States, Davis, Johnson, Blackstone, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Breyer, Elena Kagan


Lawyers, guns and vagueness: how will SCOTUS look to get out of this Johnson mess?

With apologies to the late great Warren Zevon, I cannot help but riff on the all-time greatest song with lawyers as the first word of its title as I think about the Supreme Court's scheduled oral argument this morning in United States v. Davis.  Over at SCOTUSblog, Leah Litman has this extended preview of the argument under the title "Who’s afraid of the categorical approach?," and it provides some context for my pop-culture reference:  Davis is the latest in a string of cases stemming from Joh...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, United States, Davis, Johnson, Roberts, Alito, Warren Zevon, Anthony Kennedy, Kavanaugh, Davis Davis, ACCA, Gorsuch, Douglas A Berman, Dimaya, Bloomberg Law


Argument analysis: Justices grapple with immoral and scandalous trademarks

On Monday, the Supreme Court considered the intersection of free speech and trademark law when it addressed the constitutionality of prohibiting trademark registration for offensive trademarks. This case arose in the aftermath of Matal v. Tam. In Tam, the court struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on registration of disparaging trademarks, holding that the ban constituted viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment. The question before the court on Monday was whether the pro...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, George Carlin, Miller, Times Square, Tam, Sonia Sotomayor, Stewart, John Roberts, Roberts, Alito, PTO, U S Patent and Trademark Office


Fooey on the Draft

Iancu v. Brunetti (Supreme Court 2019) [Oral Arg Transcript] In this case, the Federal Circuit held that the prohibition on registering “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is a facial violation of a registrant’s First Amendment free speech rights.  Here, Brunetti is seeking to register the mark “FUCT,” which the solicitor identified as a close homonym of “the paradigmatic word of profanity in our language.” Oral arguments were held on April 15 before the nine Supreme Court justices. In the case bef...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, California, Uspto, Patent, Tam, Cohen, Coast Guard, Roberts, Ginsburg, Alito, PTO, Sotomayor, Breyer, Sommer, Kavanaugh


To Defend Ilhan Omar, Democrats Use Identity Politics as a Shield

Over the weekend, American political discourse reached another one of its low moments — a moment of nearly record-level hypocrisy and absurdity. And once again, a low moment centered around one of the Democrats’ celebrity House freshmen, Ilhan Omar.The cycle went like this. First, Twitter discovered an excerpt of a speech Omar delivered last month at a Council on American–Islamic Relations banquet. Here were her controversial words:> For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a ...
Tags: New York Post, News, Congress, Washington, Israel, Atlantic, Gop, House, New York Times, Iowa, British Army, Warren, Nancy Pelosi, World Trade Center, Rolling Stone, Donald Trump


Ohio’s Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Is Latest Front in Fight Over Roe v. Wade

Anti-abortion activists have passed similar measures in several states with the hope that a legal fight could upend Supreme Court precedent.
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Abortion, Ohio, Mike, John R, Kasich, Kavanaugh, DeWine, Gorsuch, Law and Legislation, Neil M, Roe v Wade (Supreme Court Decision, Brett M


Ask the author: “Mr. Everything” – Joan Biskupic on Chief Justice John Roberts

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Joan Biskupic about Biskupic’s book “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts” (Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., cloth: $32.00). Joan Biskupic is a legal analyst at CNN and the author of three previous biographies of Supreme Court justices. She has also served as the Supreme Court correspondent for The Washington Post and USA Today. Welcome Joan, and thank you for taking the time to participate in this qu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Boston, Court, Book Reviews, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Cnn, Harvard, Citizens United, Arizona, Republican, Usa Today


Former Senate Staffer Admits To Doxxing Five Senators On Wikipedia (slashdot)

Jackson Cosko, a former employee of Senator Maggie Hassan, has "admitted to breaking into Hassan's office after being fired, stealing data that included personal contact information, then posting that information online during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing," reports The Verge. The report says Cosko added several senators' private phone numbers and addresses to Wikipedia. He has pleaded guilty to computer fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and making ...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Senate, Wikipedia, US, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Hassan, Maggie Hassan, Orrin Hatch, Kavanaugh, Sheila Jackson Lee, BeauHD, Brett Kavanaugh, Cosko, Jackson Cosko


Former Senate Staffer Admits To Doxxing Five Senators On Wikipedia

Jackson Cosko, a former employee of Senator Maggie Hassan, has "admitted to breaking into Hassan's office after being fired, stealing data that included personal contact information, then posting that information online during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing," reports The Verge. The report says Cosko added several senators' private phone numbers and addresses to Wikipedia. He has pleaded guilty to computer fraud, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, and making ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Senate, Wikipedia, US, Tech, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Hassan, Maggie Hassan, Orrin Hatch, Kavanaugh, Sheila Jackson Lee, Brett Kavanaugh, Cosko, Jackson Cosko, Lindsey Graham Mike Lee


Trump Chooses No Choice

Of course a man has the right to change his mind …
Tags: News, Abortion, Wen, Kavanaugh, State Legislatures, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Leana, Birth Control and Family Planning, Brett M, Trump Chooses No Choice


Jail Jussie

Lock him up!The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the shocking, inexplicable dismissal of a Chicago grand jury’s 16 felony counts against actor Jussie Smollett. The charges could have  cost serious prison time for a ham-handed hoax in which Smollett allegedly paid two body-building brothers to attack him and blame it on supporters of President Donald Trump.Dueling demonstrations brought this simmering controversy to an even higher boil this week: The local Fraternal Order of Police pr...
Tags: Post, News, America, Fbi, Chicago, Uva, Donald Trump, Jesse Jackson, Justice Department, Trump, Rahm Emanuel, Jussie Smollett, Chicago Tribune, WLS TV, Cook County, Foxx


Justice Kavanaugh Strangely Hostile To Disenfranchisement … Of Republicans

Is it actually possible that Kavanaugh would vote to overturn partisan gerrymandering? Nah.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Courts, Gerrymandering, Kavanaugh, Elizabeth Dye, Lamone v. Benisek


Empirical SCOTUS: Is Kavanaugh as conservative as expected?

On Monday, April 1, 2019, the Supreme Court decided the case Bucklew v. Precythe, with the five conservative justices in the majority and the four liberals in dissent. To some, including legal scholar and CNN analyst Steve Vladeck, this ruling ushered in a new conservative court without the moderating anchor of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Going even further, Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern referred to the decision as “beyond appalling,” while Think Progress’ Ian Millhiser described it as “the most bloodt...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, United States, Davis, Nielsen, Smith, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Delaware, Kennedy, Sanders, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts


Following SCOTUS ruling requiring equal access, Texas bans all religious officials from execution chamber

As reported in this local article, "Texas has banned all prison chaplains from its execution chamber, days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state was violating an inmate's rights by not allowing a Buddhist chaplain into the death chamber with him."  Here is more: The high court last week halted the execution of Patrick Murphy, a member of the infamous "Texas Seven," because the department did not allow him to have a Buddhist chaplain in the room with him at the time of his scheduled ...
Tags: Texas, Law, Alabama, Buddhist, U S Supreme Court, Murphy, Patrick Murphy, Kavanaugh, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TDCJ, Douglas A Berman, Brett Kavanaugh, Jeremy Desel


News From A Country Puerto Rico Is A Part Of — See Also

MENTAL HEALTH AT HLS: Flyers are popping up about the issue around campus. TED CRUZ HAS A POINT: Now I need to go shower. MORE TRUMP INDICTMENTS? Some think they are still coming. STUDENTS AGAINST KAVANAUGH: Not everybody wants him teaching at their school. OUR TRUE CRIME ELITE EIGHT: My pick is still alive.
Tags: Law, Ted Cruz, Puerto Rico, Kavanaugh, See Also


Siloed Justices and the Law/Politics Divide

For the symposium on Neal Devins and Lawrence Baum's new book, The Company They Keep: How Partisan Divisions Came to the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 2019).Richard L. Hasen In an eye-opening 2013 interview with journalist Jennifer Senior, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia explained his “media diet.” He said that he read the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. He had dropped his subscription to the Washington Post because of what he saw as the newspaper’s “tre...
Tags: Justice, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Court, New York Times, Jack, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street Journal, Branding, Guest Blogger, Breitbart, Antonin Scalia, Scalia, Linda Greenhouse


Opinion analysis: Divided court rejects lethal-injection challenge by inmate with rare medical condition

Today the Supreme Court rejected a claim by a death-row inmate that executing him by lethal injection would violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment because of the likelihood that he could wind up choking on his own blood. By a vote of 5-4, the court cleared the way for Russell Bucklew’s execution, in an opinion that at times revealed bitter divides among the justices. The case was not a broad challenge to the use of lethal injection as a method of execution for all prisone...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Alabama, Missouri, Muslim, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kennedy, Sonia Sotomayor, Howe, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy