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    Boyer v. Louisiana: A Conflict in Constitutional Rights Postponed

    How should courts respond when the legislature does not adequately fund operation of the criminal justice system and thereby denies a defendant his constitutional rights? The Supreme Court avoided answering that question Monday, but the Court cannot avoid it forever. Fifty years ago the Supreme Court held in Gideon v. … More

    Keeping Judges Out of the Foreign Policy Arena

    This week, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will help prevent U.S. courts (and activist judges) from interfering in foreign policy issues that are—and should be—the constitutional prerogative of the executive and legislative branches. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum involved the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which was passed … More

    Morning Bell: Senate Gun Control Bill Erodes Your Rights and Privacy

    Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and many in Congress have pushed a “do something” mentality on gun control. Heritage experts urged lawmakers to consider the host of complex factors that contribute to violent outbreaks and to steer away from untested ideas that would restrict the rights … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Legislation: Bad Law on Federal Gun Registry

    Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have rushed to cobble together some gun control legislation, providing another chance that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid can jam it through the Senate before anybody can read and decipher it. Due to the sloppy drafting of the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin … More

    Small Business Owner? You Could Be Unintentionally Breaking the Law

    Today, a growing number of small business owners are unintentionally finding themselves on the wrong side of the law. Under a statute aimed at identifying organized crime, small businesses and farmers are being prosecuted for ordinary business transactions. Fortunately, Congressman Andy Harris (R–MD) is attempting to fix that. The federal … More

    Court of Appeals to Lawyers: Truth Matters - And We Mean It

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently sent a strong message to lawyers: Do your homework before you make assertions in court, or the court may impose sanctions against you. The court’s action should make less-than-careful lawyers think twice before they make unsupported securities fraud claims in … More

    Morning Bell: Guns, Background Checks, and Your Rights

    Harry Reid has a doozy of a gun plan, but President Obama wants to reassure you that it’s just “common sense.” In a speech Wednesday, Obama said that “opponents of some of these common-sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s … More

    Senator Reid’s Gun Control Bill Helps Criminals Get Guns

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) gun control bill helps criminals figure out where it is easier to buy guns. Under Senator Reid’s legislation (S. 649), states must continue to submit criminal records to the federal government for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Firearms-selling businesses use the … More

    Morning Bell: What Immigration Reform Must Do

    Immigration is a difficult issue—there’s no getting around that. How do we encourage and improve lawful immigration, while deterring unlawful immigration? David Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, takes on this question just as the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” nears a deal on … More

    Arbitration Bill in PA Keeps Costs Down, as Evidenced by Special Interest, Trial Lawyer Opposition

    As reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pennsylvania is considering a bill to reorganize arbitration law in the state. The bill has the support of the Pennsylvania Bar Association but is opposed by the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the trial lawyer lobbying group. As I explain in my recent Heritage Backgrounder, … More