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    Sexual Assault in the Military: Top JAGs Slam Gillibrand Scheme

    The first two female Judge Advocates General (JAGs) of the Navy and Army, joined by the other top uniformed JAGs from the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, wrote a strongly worded letter warning about the dangers of the legislative scheme by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–NY) to address the … More

    Chief Justice Roberts: “Fundamental Concerns” Surrounding Class Action Awards

    Have you ever received a class action notification? The e-mails and letters contain a lot of legalese—“You might be entitled to an award as a member of this class”—but the end result is usually the same: You sign up, and you receive nothing of value. When class actions settle, everyone … More

    An Election Integrity Victory in Mississippi

    There was a historic victory for election integrity on Wednesday: A federal court approved a consent decree in a lawsuit filed in Mississippi by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) that requires a local county to finally clean up its voter registration list. As The Foundry previously reported, the ACRU … More

    Is a Gun Loaded If the Bullets Are Beside It?

    For proof that prosecutors will apply laws in ways that are at odds with societal expectations, look no further than the case of Oriol Dor. Dor came within an interlocutory appeal of being convicted of “knowingly carrying a loaded pistol” even though his gun had no bullets or magazine inside … More

    Flashing Headlights as a Felony: Why Helping Reduce Crime Shouldn’t Be Criminal

    Most people have probably done it. Some, if pressed, might concede that it isn’t the right thing to do. But most people probably wouldn’t think it was a felony, and would be aghast at the idea. And that’s the problem. Missouri resident Michael Elli wanted to let fellow motorists know … More

    Sexual Assault in the Military: Fix the Right Problem

    Some conservatives have joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D–NY) effort to remove the chain of command from cases of sexual assault in the military. They give the bill’s champion critical conservative cover in her well-intended but ill-aimed battle to create a new prosecution system for military sex crimes. They are trying … More

    Diverted from the Straight and Narrow Path for Diverting Sewage

    After decades of striving to obey the law and teaching his children to do the same, Lawrence Lewis turned to crime. His offense? Diverting sewage into a storm drain that, unbeknownst to Lewis, eventually fed in to the Potomac River. Lewis was born and raised in the brutal projects of … More

    Frederick Douglass: From Slavery to Freedom to Statuesque

    The only thing that’s really surprising is that it took so long. Lawmakers recently unveiled a statue of Frederick Douglass in the Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Nothing could be more fitting because his life exemplifies the promise and opportunity available to all Americans. After being born … More

    Judicial Activism: Trading the Stable Rule of Law for the Fickle Rule of Men

    Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it would bar most forms of protest on the marble plaza in front of the court, as well as other surrounding areas on the court’s grounds, in part to protect “the appearance of the court as a body not … More

    Congress Takes a Positive First Step to Address Overcriminalization

    On Tuesday, Congress took a definite step in the right direction toward addressing the serious problem of overcriminalization by announcing the creation of a bipartisan House Committee on the Judiciary Over-Criminalization Task Force of 2013. The task force, which will be chaired by Representative James Sensenbrenner (R–WI), will consist of … More