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  • Arizona v. United States: Showdown in the Supreme Court

    For the second year in a row, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear an immigration case out of the State of Arizona.  And for the second time is as many years, the Obama administration has sued the State of Arizona in the hopes of stopping its state law aimed at … More

    Holder's Letter to Judges Ignores the Issue

    Instead of responding to the 5th Circuit Court’s explicit request regarding President Obama’s untoward comments about the Supreme Court’s power to overturn congressional statutes, Attorney General Eric Holder sent the judges a law student-level brief on the propriety of judicial review. The letter intentionally ignored the judge’s main question, which … More

    Missing the Mark on Military Commissions

    Last week, I again had the privilege of traveling to Guantanamo Bay to observe a military commission proceeding as an invited representative of a non-governmental organization (NGO), my employer, The Heritage Foundation.  And once again, I was disappointed by the lack of informed commentary from my fellow NGO representatives.   Perhaps … More

    What We've Learned About Terror Trials From the Underwear Bomber

    It was supposed to be the second full day in federal court for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The so-called “Christmas Day bomber” aka “The Underwear Bomber” faced eight charges, including attempted murder on an aircraft. But, acting as his own attorney, Abdulmutallab surprised many Wednesday by pleading guilty. He faces a maximum … More

    Federal Judge Upholds Part of Alabama Immigration Law

    There is more good news today in the fight against illegal immigration at the state level (and bad news for the Obama Administration’s policy against enforcement of immigration laws). This afternoon, federal district court Judge Sharon Blackburn in Alabama issued an opinion refusing the Obama Administration’s request that the court … More

    Military Commissions Just Became More Transparent

    The Office of Military Commissions quietly launched a new website this past Monday that was a year in the making.  Located at www.mc.mil, it is an invaluable informational site loaded with court documents, historical information, Supreme Court cases dealing with military commissions, and other pertinent and helpful information.  In a … More

    Troy Davis’s Claims of Innocence: "Smoke and Mirrors"

    Troy Davis, convicted cop killer, was executed last week by the State of Georgia for the 1989 slaying of Officer Mark MacPhail.  Anti-death penalty activists held Davis out as an innocent man, and repeatedly claimed that seven of the nine witnesses to the cold-blooded murder have since recanted their damning … More

    Enhancing Public Safety By Giving Criminals a Pass

    Just imagine if a President announced that his administration would not be prosecuting anyone for violating the following federal crimes currently on the books: (1) willfully disturbing or killing any bird, fish, or wild animal not in compliance with wildlife regulations; (2) anyone who obstructs or interferes with peaceful picketers … More

    Educating John

    Every summer, thousands of high school and college students flock to Washington, D.C., to learn about our government and meet senior government officials.  These invaluable internships give tomorrow’s leaders an up-close-and-personal experience they could never get from mere classroom work. As a former senior official, I often participate in debates … More

    Convicted Murderers to Be Freed if California State Senator Gets His Way

    A warning to Californians: dangerous convicted criminals are coming soon to a neighborhood near you.  That’s because last week, in the case of Brown v. Plata, the Supreme Court ordered the State of California to release approximately 46,000 convicted criminals onto the streets. That decision was issued just days before … More