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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

    Thomas Perez a Troubled Pick for Labor Secretary

    The President has a right to nominate cabinet secretaries who share his political views. He does not have a right to appoint unqualified cabinet secretaries. The Senate should critically examine Thomas Perez’s nomination for Secretary of Labor. He has a record of selective law enforcement, questionable judgment, and bad management. … More

    Today at the Supreme Court: Same-Sex Marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act

    This morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Windsor, a constitutional challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits. In this case, the issue was an estate tax bill faced … More

    Racially Charged Attacks Against Justice Scalia Unfounded

    The inflammatory attacks on Justice Antonin Scalia after the oral arguments in the Supreme Court in the Shelby County case last week show the desperation of the supporters of the “racial entitlement” that is Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Those attacks, and some of the disgusting political cartoons … More

    Morning Bell: Voting Rights at the Supreme Court Today

    To understand what’s going on in the Supreme Court today, we have to go back in time. The year was 1965. Hundreds of people gathered in Selma, Alabama, to march for black Americans’ right to vote. Some states, especially in the South, had set up obstacles to voting, such as … More

    Government-Mandated Racial Discrimination in Guam Should End

    In a disappointing miscarriage of justice that will take months to overturn, a federal judge recently dismissed a lawsuit against Guam over its clear racial discrimination in violation of the Fifteenth Amendment and the federal Voting Rights Act. The Center for Individual Rights and Christian Adams, a former Justice Department … More

    Morning Bell: Disabilities Treaty Just Another U.N. Power Grab

    International treaties sound like a good idea, especially when they claim to protect vulnerable people. The problem is, America already does more than any other country to ensure equal rights for its people—and the United Nations just wants the power to interfere in American law. The Senate is now considering … More

    Lincoln: The Movie, the Man

    Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln debuts in Washington, D.C., this week. It features a stellar cast: Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Sally Field, and Daniel Day-Lewis as our nation’s 16th President. Day-Lewis is known for method acting. But which Lincoln will he portray? Will he play into the liberal myth of Lincoln … More

    Fowl Statutory Language Puts the Innocent at Risk

    Eating a dead animal that you find on your property may be gross, but it may also be criminal. A Texas man recently learned this lesson. A white-winged dove flew into the side of Ryan Adams’s home and died on impact. White-winged doves are popular among hunters because of their … More

    VIDEO: The Bloggers Briefing with U.S. Civil Rights Commissioners

    The U.S. Supreme Court will wade into the contentious debate over racial discrimination when it hears Fisher v. University of Texas this October. Two members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will outline what’s at stake at today’s Bloggers Briefing. The briefing airs live at noon ET. Abigail Fisher … More