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    Days After Vowing to Uphold Virginia Constitution, Attorney General Challenges Marriage Amendment

    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring today sided with two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike down the voter-approved state law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. That 2006 amendment to the state constitution, Herring declared, violates the U.S. Constitution. The newly … More

    Town Hall Meeting in Michigan: Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

    The people of Royal Oak, Michigan, are working to reform civil asset forfeiture laws—something that is desperately needed across the country to protect innocent people and their property. On Thursday, the Royal Oak Public Library will host a town hall meeting, at which a panel of legislators and experts will … More

    ‘Drop the Cabbage, Bullwinkle!’: Alaskan Man Faces Prison for the Crime of Moose-Feeding

    He was on his property, it was his cabbage to give, and no one claims that he meant any harm to his amply-antlered friends.  But 67-year old Samuel Becker is facing prison for giving visiting moose vegetables to munch on, reports Fox News. After receiving a tip last month that … More

    Utah's New Law Helps Law Enforcement Nab Property of Innocent People

    In 2000, Utah voters took a major step toward protecting innocent property owners from abuses under the state’s civil forfeiture laws by passing Initiative B. Thirteen years later, the Utah legislature ignored the will of their constituents and—without debate—passed a new law that rolls back many of the original reforms. … More

    What Happens When You Break a Law You Didn't Know About

    In the wake of media reports that 40,000 new federal, state, and local laws will go into effect this year, there’s no better time for Americans to revisit the old maxim that “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” An unknown number of these new provisions are criminal laws that … More

    Protecting Voting Rights in Alabama

    On January 13, the first court decision reimposing preclearance requirements since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder was issued for a small Alabama town in Allen v. City of Evergreen.  In Shelby County, the Supreme Court found unconstitutional a coverage formula that required nine states … More

    Free Speech and the Abortion Distortion

    Today, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in McCullen v. Coakley, in which Eleanor McCullen is challenging a Massachusetts law that prevents her from peacefully talking to women on public sidewalks outside abortion clinics about their options. The right to speak your mind—even about unpopular topics—is a core freedom upon … More

    Executive Pen at the Ready: Imperial Obama “Will Not Limit Himself” to What Congress Does

    President Obama reminded Congress and the American people yesterday that he’ll use his executive power in any way he can think of. “We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need,” President Obama … More

    License, Registration—and All Your Valuables, Please

    Between 2006 and 2008, Tenaha, Texas, established itself as a hotbed for civil forfeiture abuse. Tenaha police executed dozens of traffic stops in which vast sums of money and property were seized, though no criminal charges were filed against drivers or passengers. Tenaha’s antics were so egregious that Texas lawmakers … More

    Obama's Unconstitutional "Recess" Appointments Come Before the Supreme Court

    Remember President Obama’s “recess” appointments—that really weren’t during a Senate recess? The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that highlights problematic appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversees labor unions in America. Three federal appellate courts have struck down these recess appointments as unconstitutional. … More