Category Archives: Law

New Yorkers, Drink That Soda!

An appeals court in New York found that Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban was overreach and such a decision would have to come from the City Council.  This is some common sense after the most ridiculous nanny effort in history.  Bloomberg says he disagrees with the decision (obviously) and will appeal.   However, this is the second court […]

Court Orders Baby Veronica Adoption Finalized

This was the most heartbreaking case this year at the Supreme Court.  Here’s a high-level overview:  woman gets pregnant, boyfriend decides he wants nothing to do with the child, woman gives birth and puts the baby up for adoption, father all of the sudden decides that he wants custody and sues for custody citing the Indian […]

Supreme Court Shuts Down Obama Agenda

I know it seems that Obama is getting his way with our Judicial Branch.  Obamacare was upheld, section 3 of DOMA was struck down.  However, sometimes the cases that don’t make the news are the big stories.  The Obama administration by all accounts is completely out of control.  The number of overreaching regulations is well-documented as all […]

Zimmerman Saves Man in Overturned Truck

Here’s something that you won’t hear amid the protests and calls for capturing Zimmerman. Sanford Police Department Capt. Jim McAuliffe told ABC News that Zimmerman “pulled an individual from a truck that had rolled over” at the intersection of a Florida highway last week. The crash occurred at the intersection of I-4 and route 417, […]

Justice Kennedy Says Watch Legally Blonde?

Justice Kennedy produced a reading list entitled:  Understanding Freedom’s Heritage: How to Keep and Defend Liberty.  There are many admirable items on the list.  However, I was curious to see that at the end of the list, he listed the commencement speech from Legally Blonde.  I’m assuming he agrees with Reese Witherspoon’s assertion that passion […]

Traditional Marriage Takes A Hit As Supreme Court Rules On DOMA, Proposition 8

Traditional marriage, marriage defined as a union between a man and a woman, took a major hit as the Supreme Court Justices handed down two rulings today on DOMA and Proposition 8. In a major shift, DOMA (the Defense of Marriage Act), was ruled unconstitutional. “The Defense of Marriage Act defines marriage for purposes of […]

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional

The highest court in the United States has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, commonly referred to as DOMA, is unconstitutional. In a 5-4 justice split, with strong wording used in both the majority opinion and the dissent, it was determined that DOMA specifically set out to restrict the rights of a class of individuals. Justice […]

Supreme Court Gets It Right With Voting Rights Act Decision

Today, the Supreme Court published its opinion in Shelby County v Holder in which the Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Here’s an overview from CNN: The law passed at the height of America’s civil rights movement, when citizens in parts of the country were fighting each other and sometimes authorities […]

Supreme Court Says Taking a DNA Swab of Someone Who Has Been Arrested is Constitutional

This week the Supreme Court released a decision allowing law enforcement officials to take a cheek swab and analyze it for someone who has been arrested based on probable cause for a serious offense.  Here is part of the overview of the case from Treating the solution of unsolved crimes as a legitimate part of […]

The Federalist Society’s First Annual Executive Branch Review Conference

On Tuesday, June 11, The Federalist Society will be hosting its first annual Executive Branch Review Conference.  Recently, the Federalist Society launched the Executive Branch Project, a blog which discusses the impact (legal, political, and otherwise) of the extensive reach of the executive branch’s various rules and regulations which are binding laws for the rest […]

The Connection Between Drug Use and Criminal Behavior: There Are No Victimless Crimes

There is no such thing as a victim-less crime. Let me say this again – there is no such thing as a victim-less crime and that includes drug use. The U.S. government released data stating that 80% of those arrested for crimes tested positive for an illegal substance, most commonly marijuana. Up to 68% of […]

Supreme Court To Hear Case On Prayer At Council Meetings

From The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to weigh in on the extensively litigated issue of opening city council meetings with prayer.  It granted certiorari in Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway, (Docket No. 12-696, cert. granted 5/20/2013). (Order List). In the case, the 2nd Circuit created an extremely fact-dependent test for determining the constitutionality […]

Gosnell Convicted!

From PHILADELPHIA, May 13, 2013 ( – A Philadelphia jury has found late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of murdering three of four babies in his capital murder trial.He is also guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 abortion death of Karnamaya Mongar, a 41-year-old legal immigrant who died when his untrained staff administered an […]