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    'This Is Going to Ruin My Entire Life': 18-Year-Old Aspiring Firefighter Charged With Felony for Pocket Knife

    Eighteen year-old Jordan Wiser is training to be a firefighter. He’s a certified emergency vehicle operator who works as a first responder when he’s not attending high school. And, after just spending 13 days in jail, he’s now facing felony charges for weapons possession. The weapon? A pocketknife. It was … 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

    Federal Appeals Court Chafes at Diaper Rash Class Action

    Class-action lawsuits can be a useful tool for consumers. They can also be abused by unscrupulous lawyers acting in concert with companies they are supposedly suing. Last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that a lower court abused its discretion in certifying a class … More

    Zero Dark Giggles: Baby Deer Gets the SWAT Team Treatment

    An otherwise quiet day in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was interrupted by the shrill sound of police sirens. Thirteen armed law enforcement personnel surrounded a barn on the outskirts of town, prepared to confront a wanted fugitive. Equipped with aerial recon photos, armed agents entered the premises, found their target, and hauled … 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

    Why Is This Immigrant So Fired Up Against Amnesty?

    It was 1988. Virginia Prodan had no money, spoke no English, and had two children with a baby on the way. But she was finally in the United States. She was finally free. Prodan, now a Dallas attorney, escaped Communist Romania and was granted political asylum by the United States. … 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

    Morning Bell: Immigration Bill Doesn't Secure the Border

    Must Washington fix our broken southern border? You bet. Will the comprehensive immigration reform bill help? You bet it won’t. The number one flaw of the bill is it starts by giving amnesty to the unlawfully present population in the United States. As soon as the bill passes, those in … More

    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Cuts HIPAA Privacy for Mental Health Records

    American society has long recognized the importance of mental health and has encouraged those in need of mental health care to seek it. Effective provision of mental health services depends in important part upon open and honest communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. To encourage patient candor in the … More