Category Archives: law

What to do with the armed thugs occupying a wildlife refuge in Oregon?

Protesting government regulations of farmers and ranchers, a group of armed men have taken over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. They’re occupying several federal buildings in protest at the treatment of two other men about to go to jail for setting fires on federal land (those men aren’t involved in the protest). The protestors say […]

Antonin Scalia tries to tear down that wall (the one between church and state)

On Saturday, Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice, conservative, Catholic, and “originalist” (one who thinks that law must ultimately rest on the original and unchangeable meaning conveyed by the authors of the US Constitution) gave a short speech at Archbishop Rummel High School, a Catholic school in Metairie, Louisiana. In that talk, as reported by two sources (the Associated Press and […]

You won’t believe what this lawyer did!

A morning laugh (and a real article) sent by Matthew, who found it on Twi**er. Be sure to read the whole short article:  

Richard Posner decries the theocratic views of Justice Scalia

My colleague Richard Posner teaches at our law school, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit, has repeatedly been mentioned as a candidate for the Supreme Court (he says he’s too old now), and is the most cited American legal scholar of the twentieth century. He’s also written 40 books, so […]

California poised to reinstate death penalty

There hasn’t been an execution in California since 2006, but that may be about to change. The Atlantic reports that a Federal appeals court has just overruled a 2014 lower-court finding that California’s death-penalty statue was unconstitutional. (The full opinion is here.) It’s a complicated ruling, basically arguing that the lower court didn’t have the power to declare the […]

Scalia signals that U.S. Supreme Court might abolish capital punishment

UPDATE: I was told that my second sentence, the one about Japan, implied that prisoners don’t know they are to be executed at all until the day it’s done. I was obviously unclear in what I said, so let me explain: prisoners in Japan slated for capital punishment do of course know that they will […]

FFRF now has a Patheos website

The headline tells it all. Now you can keep up to date with the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s doings at Patheos, where the FFRF started a new website called Freethought Now! So far there have been posts by staff attorneys Andrew Seidel and Sam Grover, as well as by co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor. But again I recommend joining […]

Kim Davis back to work, still refuses to issue marriage licenses

According to CNN, Kim Davis is back to work as County Clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky. But she’s still refusing to issue marriage licenses for gays that bear her name. She’s suggesting a “solution”, one that I don’t like nor think is legal: Kim Davis, county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, returned to work Monday, saying […]

West Virginia lawsuit alleging that evolution is a faith is unceremoniously tossed out of court

On May 27 I wrote about a lawsuit filed by one Kenneth Smith of West Virginia, a suit alleging that evolution was a “faith.” Of course, Smith had to claim damages, so the suit further argued that his daughter’s future education and prospects for veterinary school were being damaged by requiring her to learn evolutionary “faith”. Here are some […]

Kim Davis remains in jail, but seeks compromise

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for contempt of court for failing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples (she directly violated a Supreme Court order), clearly doesn’t like having her tuchus in stir. Ordered to remain in jail until she complies with the Court, Davis has now proposed a compromise. According […]


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