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A couple of days ago I remarked on the fact that I had never seen the obvious point made, in coverage of “free speech” attempts to legalize anti-gay discrimination, that the same logic could be applied to racial or religious discrimination. I still haven’t seen it made by a member of the press, but it […]

Supreme Court about to legalize discrimination

It’s more than likely the case that the Supreme Court is about to legalize anti-Gay discrimination in the name of free speech and/or religious freedom. The case arises out of the refusal of a baker to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. It’s terribly unfair, he says, that he should be asked to […]

Time to stop these activist judges!

Okay, I’ll start this by admitting that I’m not the most experienced federal litigator in the world, but I find this puzzling: The City of Dallas voted Wednesday to immediately remove a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park, but the work was abruptly stopped by a federal judge. Soon after the […]

Free Speech for Me, but not for Thee

It seems that some of our friends on the right are demanding that CBS fire Stephen Colbert because, among other things, his latest monologue about 45 was “homophobic”. These people have no sense of irony. It has been only a few day since these same people were condemning the University of California for abridging Ann […]

Ten years too late

Sometimes late is not better than never, and this may be one of those times: A panel of three federal judges said on Monday that the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2011 redrawing of State Assembly districts to favor Republicans was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, the first such ruling in three decades of pitched legal battles over the […]

What have some got, that the ABA don’t got?

Courage! >Alarmed by Donald J. Trump’s record of filing lawsuits to punish and silence his critics, a committee of media lawyers at the American Bar Association commissioned a report on Mr. Trump’s litigation history. The report concluded that Mr. Trump was a “libel bully” who had filed many meritless suits attacking his opponents and had […]

An interesting legal question

My wife and I own property in Chester, Vermont, so I have the Chester Telegraph‘s newsfeed on my RSS reader. Chester is right down the road from Grafton, where they used to make Grafton cheeses. That’s right, the factory is gone, as is the outlet shop, leaving nary a thing behind. It did not, however, […]

Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it.

It’s not entirely apropos, but the above quote from Shakespeare popped into my mind when I read this: With a tie vote in a closely watched case, the Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a series of voting restrictions in North Carolina to remain blocked ahead of November’s elections. The court handed down an order denying […]

A legal question

Two federal judges have declared recent changes in Ohio’s voting laws unconstitutional: Judge Michael H. Watson, appointed by George W. Bush, made his 120-page ruling May 24. He stated that the GOP-run Ohio legislature in 2014 had violated the U.S. Constitution and Voting Rights Act by cutting the period of early voting from 35 to 28 days. Lawmakers also got rid of “Golden […]

Justice Department throws NC Governor a lifeline

Not that I disagree with the Justice Department on this, but I do believe, if they stick to it, that it will enhance Republican Governor McCrory’s chances to get re-elected: The U.S. Department of Justice has unequivocally upended one of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s first promises to his constituents: That the discriminatory HB2 law […]