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  • Supreme Court says double jeopardy does not protect against murder retrial

    05/24/2012 8:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, May 24 2012, 5:49 PM | Robert Barnes
    Arkansas may retry a man for murder even though jurors in his first trial were unanimous that he was not guilty, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Alex Blueford, who is accused of killing his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son, is not protected by the Constitution’s Double Jeopardy Clause, the court ruled in a 6 to 3 decision. Because the judge dismissed the jury when it was unable to reach agreement on lesser charges, Blueford was not officially cleared of any of the charges, the majority said, and thus may be retried. “The jury in this case did not convict Blueford of any...
  • Open Carry Teen Optimistic About his Day in Court (MI)

    05/23/2012 3:58:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    guns.com ^ | 21 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A Michigan teen is optimistic about his chances in court after being charged with brandishing a firearm, disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. Eighteen-year-old Sean Combs (not 'Puffy') was arrested last April by police because he was walking around town with a rifle slung over his shoulder. He'd just received his M1 Garand for his birthday and he was showing the gun to several other teenagers. Cops showed up on the scene and asked to see his ID. Combs declined, but after a few more police showed up Combs decided to give in. The police moved to arrest him the...
  • Breyer Push For More Protection Illustrates Elite Double Standard

    05/20/2012 8:20:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 May, 2012 | David Codrea
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- An early May robbery at the Washington, D.C. home of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was the second time the jurist has been victimized since February, The Washington Post reported Thursday. While no one was home in this latest incident, the earlier one involved the jurist and his wife being confronted by a machete-wielding home invader at their Caribbean vacation house. “The robbery comes a month after Congress allocated nearly $1 million to hire 12 new Supreme Court police officers, according to The Hill,” Fox News related in a follow-up report. “Breyer had been among the group pushing...
  • ADL: Court Decision to Fine Journalist 'Turns World Upside Down'

    05/15/2012 8:49:50 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    inn ^ | 5/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reacted with "anger, shock and disbelief" at a decision by a Rome judge to fine an Italian journalist who had the courage to speak out against an anti-Semitic cartoon. In a ruling last week, Judge Emanuela Attura ordered journalist Peppino Caldarola to pay a fine of 25,000 euros for slandering extreme-leftist writer Vauro Senesi, whose caricature of Italian Jewish politician Fiamma Nirenstein was published in 2008 in the communist newspaper Il Manifesto and has been widely condemned as anti-Semitic. The cartoon, titled "Fiamma Frankenstein," depicted the Italian Jewish candidate for parliament as monster-like, with a hook-nose,...
  • President Warns Court on Obamacare Ruling

    05/05/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama sought to ward off the possibility of the US Supreme Court invalidating his signature health care legislation by promising “severe consequences will ensue should they make that mistake.” One of the “severe consequences” the President said he is contemplating is “to wreak havoc on the elderly by disrupting Medicare in a way that will torment this vulnerable segment of the population.” On a more personal level. Obama threatened to diminish the status of the sitting Justices by appointing additional members to the Court. “The Constitution doesn’t say there should by nine judges on the Supreme Court,” Obama...
  • Dictator Obama Issues New Threat to Supreme Court over ObamaCare

    05/05/2012 11:06:13 AM PDT · by izzatzo · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/03/2012 | Sher Zieve
    In his latest display of his full USA federal government dictatorship over both the American people and the former co-branches of government, Dictator Obama is warning the Supreme Court to either rule in his favor or face severe consequences. Fox News’ Martha McCallum advised Thursday that the Obama Administration has been quietly sending missives to the Supreme Court threatening that if it doesn’t rule in his favor on ObamaCare, Medicare will face disruption and “chaos.” Therefore, if SCOTUS rules in favor of the US Constitution, Obama & Co will begin its campaign to either destroy Medicare or make those on...
  • Four justices boycott part of administrative meeting (WI Supreme Court)

    04/26/2012 6:31:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-25-12 | Patrick Marley
    A majority of the state Supreme Court boycotted part of an administrative meeting Wednesday, believing Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson was improperly trying to take up an issue. The development was the latest sign that the deeply fractured court will be discussing considerably less routine business in public. In 1999, the court became one of the first - if not the first - high courts in the country to take up the bulk of its administrative matters in public. But in January, four of the seven members of the court voted to discuss much of its work behind closed doors. Abrahamson...
  • Politically, gun control is dead

    04/17/2012 8:37:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | 16 April, 2012 | Adam Winkler
    This week marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy. Since then, there have been several mass shootings, including additional school rampages and the attempted assassination last year of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. Yet there remains little political will to reform this country's flawed gun-safety rules — unless, of course, someone is proposing...
  • Eric Holder's Letter to the Court Misses Point

    04/06/2012 11:30:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/05/12 | Tara Dodrill
    Eric Holder's Letter to the Court Misses PointBy Tara Dodrill | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 18 hrs ago The fact that President Barack Obama was once a constitutional law professor and yet has virtually no understanding or respect for the nation's founding document is mind-boggling. His comments earlier this week warning the court not to engage in judicial activism was nothing more than hubris. The angry judges demanded a response from Attorney General Eric Holder to determine if the Obama administration believes the court has the power to overturn laws. The controversial attorney general finally drafted the mandated three-page response,...
  • Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high court

    04/05/2012 6:23:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/05/12 | Sam Baker
    Justice Dept. responds to judicial query, defends Obama comments on high courtBy Sam Baker - 04/05/12 02:43 PM ET Tweet The Justice Department shot back Thursday against a federal court’s suggestion that President Obama doesn’t recognize the role of the judicial branch. Three judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Justice Department to file a three-page letter outlining its view of the courts’ powers — a response to comments in which Obama said it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to overturn his healthcare law. Obama’s remarks were “fully consistent” with well-established legal principles, the Justice...
  • Supreme Court ruling on assault weapons ban expected Thursday(IL)

    04/05/2012 1:08:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    suntimes.com ^ | 4 April, 2012 | Andrew Maloney
    SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court is poised to rule on Cook County’s assault weapons ban Thursday in a case that will determine the fate of one of Illinois’ signature gun-control laws. Attorneys challenging the ban argued that the county’s ordinance — enacted in 1993 and extended in 2006 — is too vague, based on faulty information and should be reconsidered in light of the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned Chicago’s ban on handguns. The county ordinance specifically outlaws the sale or possession of “any assault weapon or large capacity magazine.” It describes several traits of prohibited weapons...
  • Newsweek Calls For Impeaching Supreme Court Justices If Obamacare Overturned

    04/03/2012 8:35:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 100 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/3/12 | NewsWeek/DailyBeast
    NewsWeek/DailyBeast – The Roberts Court’s rulings appear to be a concerted effort to send us back to the Gilded Age. If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them. You think the idea is laughable? Thomas Jefferson disagreed with you. Jefferson believed Supreme Court justices who undermine the principles of the Constitution ought to be impeached, and that wasn’t just idle talk. During his presidency, Jefferson led the effort to oust Justice Salmon Chase, arguing that Chase was improperly seizing power. The Senate acquitted Chase in 1805, and no Justice has been impeached since, but...
  • Obama Asks ‘Unelected’ Supreme Court Not To Take Extraordinary Step Of Overturning Health Care Law

    04/03/2012 10:48:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | | 6:05 pm, April 2nd, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    In a Rose Garden press conference on Monday alongside the Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Barack Obama reminded the Supreme Court justices that they have a responsibility to show “judicial restraint” while considering the constitutionality of the president’s signature health care reform law. RELATED: Senate Democrats Warn Overturning Health Care ‘Grave For Nation,’ Good For Democratic Electoral Hopes“I think the American people understand, and I think the justices should understand that in the absence of an individual mandate, you cannot have a mechanism to insure that people with pre-existing conditions can actually get health...
  • Judge: NC can’t ban guns during emergencies

    04/03/2012 7:04:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    myfox8.com ^ | 2 April, 2012 | Ryan Sullivan
    When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed on Feb. 5 with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the possession of alcohol and firearms except at a person’s own home. A Stokes County man, two other people and two gun-rights organizations sued the state, King and Stokes County that summer, claiming that their rights under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution were violated. The amendment protects citizens’ right to bear arms. Now, a federal...
  • Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health ruling

    04/03/2012 2:14:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/02/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health rulingBy Alexander Bolton - 04/02/12 06:02 PM ET Democrats have waged a not-so-subtle pressure campaign on the Supreme Court in recent days by warning a ruling against the healthcare reform law would smash precedent and threaten popular social programs. President Obama was the latest to weigh in when he declared Monday that a wide array of legal experts would be astonished if the court struck down part or all of his signature domestic initiative. “I’m confident the Supreme Court will uphold the law,” Obama said Monday during a Rose Garden press...
  • Obama warns 'unelected' Supreme Court against striking down health law

    04/02/2012 12:58:10 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/2/2012 | Associated Press
    President Obama, employing his strongest language to date on the Supreme Court review of the federal health care overhaul, cautioned the court Monday against overturning the law -- while repeatedly saying he's "confident" it will be upheld. The president spoke at length about the case at a joint press conference with the leaders of Mexico and Canada. The president, adopting what he described as the language of conservatives who fret about judicial activism, questioned how an "unelected group of people" could overturn a law approved by Congress. "I'm confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an...
  • Four Wins In A Month! (Second Amendment)

    04/01/2012 4:55:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 30 January, 2012 | John Richardson
    Heads must be spinning at the Brady Campaign's headquarters with news that the Second Amendment Foundation just won its fourth Second Amendment case this month. The latest case is from Massachusetts where U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodcock found that the commonwealth's ban on handgun possession by permanent resident aliens contravened the Second Amendment. From the Second Amendment Foundation's announcement of their win in Fletcher v. Haas: SAF WINS 2A CASE IN MASS, STRIKING DOWN GUN BAN FOR LEGAL ALIENS For Immediate Release: 3/30/2012 BELLEVUE, WA – A Federal District Court Judge in Massachusetts today granted summary judgment in...
  • Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next? (Big enviro & labor next?)

    04/01/2012 11:11:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/01/12 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    Supreme Court health care debate: If the law fails, what's next?By JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/1/12 7:01 AM EDT The Supreme Court has yet to rule on President Barack Obama’s health care law, but court watchers already are handicapping the domino effect if it falls. If the justices knock out key parts of the law or bring down the whole thing, the reverberations could be felt across the legal landscape for generations to come, radically reining in the scope of federal power, according to supporters of the law and others who closely track the high court. And if the justices decide...
  • (hired attack dog) Biden Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care Law

    03/31/2012 3:02:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/30/12 | Mary Bruce
    Biden Confident Supreme Court Will Uphold Health Care LawBy Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News – 23 hrs ago Vice President Joe Biden says he is confident the Supreme Court will uphold the constitutionality of President Obama's signature health care legislation. "We think the mandate and the law is constitutional. And we think the court will rule that way," Biden told CBS News in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on "Face the Nation." **SNIP** Biden, who has assumed the role of the Obama campaign's attack dog,
  • Obama lawyer asks Supreme Court to save healthcare law

    03/28/2012 1:49:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/28/12 | James Vicini and Joan Biskupic
    (Reuters) - The Obama administration's top courtroom lawyer made an impassioned plea on Wednesday for the Supreme Court to save President Barack Obama's healthcare law, capping three days of historic arguments that left it unclear how the nine justices would rule. Having peppered the lawyers defending and challenging the law with questions for more than six hours over the three days, the justices withdrew to their chambers to begin up to three months of deliberation expected to yield a decision by late June. Obama's healthcare overhaul, signed into law two years ago, is his signature domestic policy achievement. It remains...
  • When will Barack Obama call Melissa Coon? [her white son was set on fire by blacks] [media bias]

    03/27/2012 11:04:35 PM PDT · by grundle · 25 replies
    rightpundits.com ^ | March 26th, 2012 | Andrew Zarowny
    We all know how much Barack Obama likes calling people up to apologize or feign empathy with them after some tragedy. He called Sandra Fluke after the big, bad Rush Limbaugh called her mean names on his nationally syndicated radio show. Obama then called the family of Trayvon Martin this past week, several weeks after the young 17-year old African-American youth was shot and killed by a Hispanic man, George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Of course, Zimmerman claims he was being attacked and an eyewitness apparently is verifying that story. Oddly enough, about the same time of the Trayvon Martin...
  • Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO]

    03/27/2012 1:56:30 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    Justice Scalia to Obama’s Solicitor General: ‘We’re not stupid’ [AUDIO] By Nicholas Ballasy - The Daily Caller 3:39 PM 03/27/2012 ADVERTISEMENT While Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, Jr. made the Obama administration’s case for the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health-care law Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia interrupted, telling Verrilli, “we’re not stupid.” Justice Elena Kagan, a former solicitor general appointed by President Obama to the high court, sided with Verilli in arguing that young people should be required by the federal government to purchase health insurance because eventually, others will subsidize their health care in the future....
  • CAPTION the Commiecare™ freeloaders in front of the Supreme Court building!

    03/27/2012 2:25:45 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
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  • Rush to judgment on George Zimmerman reminiscent of mob behavior

    03/24/2012 5:45:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Debate raging about Trayvon Martin case; Was ‘SYG’ law even relevant?” Dave Workman asked yesterday in his Seattle Gun Rights Examiner column. It’s a fair question in the wake of the killing of the teenager by Florida neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, because government monopoly of violence advocates are using the incident to attack “Stand Your Ground” laws, and a sympathetic media has taken up that banner. Here’s a sampling of headlines that made it into the inbox just this morning:
  • Court weighs US power over states in health case (Commiecare™ update)

    03/21/2012 5:20:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/21/12 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    Court weighs US power over states in health caseBy RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Associated Press – 4 hrs ago WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will help pay for your roads, but your state can't lower its drinking age below 21. There's federal money for colleges, but they can't discriminate against women in the classroom or on the athletic field. Federal cash comes with strings. Now 26 states are telling the Supreme Court that President Barack Obama's health care law has stretched an old rule too far. The new law's requirements for expanding Medicaid amount, in their view, to coercion that violates the...
  • From US with love: Gay sex literature for Supreme Court [Original Title]

    03/15/2012 2:52:33 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Times of India ^ | March 16, 2012 | The Times of India
    NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, which is hearing intense arguments both for and against the Delhi High Court's historic decision to decriminalize consensual adult gay sex in private, recently received gift boxes for its judges all the way from the United States. The boxes contained printed material on homosexuality, its traits and legal implications, which is being dealt with in great detail by a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhay. For the past month, day-to-day hearing on appeals against the HC's July 9, 2009 judgment had attracted many foreign students and scholars. Watching the proceedings from...
  • No Charges After Worker Allegedly Shoots Would-Be Burglar At Jamaica Store

    03/14/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Derricke Dennis.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Queens District Attorney has decided not to prosecute a grocery store worker in the shooting death of a would-be burglar in Queens. The 54-year-old worker was stocking shelves alone inside the Met Supermarket on Jamaica Avenue when two men cut a hole in the roof above the cash registers and lowered themselves inside the store around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, reports 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. The worker told police that one of the suspects came at him with a blunt object in hand. Police say the worker grabbed the store’s registered shotgun and opened fire. One...
  • Kitsap Gun Club Dodges Bullet(WA)

    03/12/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    masoncountydailynews.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | NA
    Kitsap Gun Club Dodges Bullet The Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club, in the cross hairs of Kitsap County attorneys following public nuisance allegations, will only have to pay $480 in court costs, rather than the $60,000 sought by the county. A superior court judge ruled that state law limits the gun club’s liability to filing fees, the costs of serving documents and similar charges, excluding the “investigative expenditures sought by county attorneys. The Judge did order the shooting range to remain closed until the club obtains county land use authorization, which requires a public hearing before the Kitsap county hearing...
  • The flimsy sham of ‘public safety’ in gun prohibition argument(WA)

    03/11/2012 7:10:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In the wake of Thursday’s gun rights victory in Washington State, as the final legal nail was driven into Seattle’s gun ban coffin by the State Supreme Court’s rejection of its appeal in Winnie Chan v. City of Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes played the “children and families” card. Earlier this week, after a federal judge in Maryland declared that state’s “good and substantial reason” requirement for issuing a concealed carry permit in that state to be unconstitutional, the state Attorney General’s office played the “public safety” card in its effort to stay the judge’s ruling...
  • Tactical Tip: Find Another Hobby(guns)

    03/10/2012 7:15:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Tyler Kee
    The other day, as I was leaving the office, someone asked me if I was going to go blow up more stuff. Before that, I was invited to take six of my female coworkers shooting. I don’t know the first thing about teaching noobs to shoot. I leave that to professionals. And my parents are constantly asking what cool guns I’ll be reviewing next. In short, people have started to pigeonhole me as a gun guy. That makes me uncomfortable, for two reasons. First, I do other things. I’m a food guy, a motorcycle guy, a beard guy, an airplane...
  • Woollard Likely To Withstand Challenge On Appeal (Right to Bear Arms)

    03/09/2012 7:12:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 8 March, 2012 | John Richardson
    Cam Edwards interviewed Professor Michael Krauss from the George Mason University School of Law yesterday regarding the Woollard decision. Professor Krauss says that the District Court rendered the correct decision in this case and that he thinks it will stand up on appeal.
  • Seattle bitterly vows to lobby for erosion of state preemption(WA)

    03/09/2012 7:00:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes evidently cannot take “no” for an answer. Reacting today to the State Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for review in Seattle’s appeal of its double-loss in an effort to adopt a city parks gun ban in defiance of Washington’s 29-year-old state preemption statute, reported by this column earlier, Holmes told the Seattle Times that the city will take its campaign to the legislature next year. “Seattle sought a second look not only on behalf of its residents but for all forms of local governments in the state that want authority over their own properties....
  • District Court Concludes Second Amendment Secures Right to Carry, But Not “While Being Employed

    03/07/2012 6:48:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    So holds United States v. Weaver (S.D. W. Va. Mar. 6, 2012). The judge expressly endorsed Judge Niemeyer’s separate opinion in United States v. Masciandaro (4th Cir. 2011) that concluded that the Second Amendment applies outside the home and not just in the home, and that restrictions on gun carrying must be tested under so-called “intermediate scrutiny.” (For more on the dispute among courts about the right to keep and bear arms outside the home, see this post about yesterday’s district court decision striking down Maryland’s broad gun carry restrictions.) But the court held that 18 U.S.C. § 922(h), which...
  • Nothing is inalienable

    03/07/2012 5:32:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 6 March, 2012 | John Hayward
    On Monday, a U.S. District Court judge struck down a Maryland gun law with a remarkably worded ruling, as related by the Baltimore Sun: In a 23-page memorandum opinion, made public Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Benson E. Legg said a state requirement forcing those applying for a gun-carry permit to show that they have a "good and substantial reason" to do so "impermissibly infringes the right to keep and bear arms," as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. "A citizen may not be required to offer a 'good and substantial reason' why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,"...
  • Judge strips Righthaven of rights to 278 copyrights and its trademark

    03/06/2012 8:07:00 AM PST · by redreno · 20 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Monday 5 March 2012 7:29 p.m. | By Steve Green
    Like a gunfighter with no bullets, Las Vegas copyright company Righthaven LLC no longer has any copyrights to sue over. A federal judge in Las Vegas on Monday stripped Righthaven of whatever interests it has in its 278 federal copyright registrations as well as its trademark. Judge Philip Pro ordered that the copyrights and trademarks be transferred to a court-appointed receiver so they can be auctioned to cover some of Righthaven’s debts.
  • Crime to Negligently Let Someone Stay in Your Home, Where You Have a Gun That the Visitor

    03/05/2012 4:00:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 3 March, 2012 | Eugene Volokh
    That seems to be the implication of United States v. Stegmeier (D.S.D. Dec. 2, 2011) (now on appeal). Stegmeier let a man named Kelley stay in his RV; Kelley was a fugitive from justice, and there was some evidence Stegmeier knew it. Stegmeier also told Kelley where Stegmeier kept his gun. When Kelley was caught, Stegmeier was prosecuted for various charges, including “dispos[ing]” a gun to “any person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe” the person is a felon, under indictment for a felony, or a fugitive from justice. The jury convicted, and the judge concluded that the evidence...
  • House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain (Mad Maxine is for it)

    02/29/2012 5:36:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domainBy Pete Kasperowicz - 02/28/12 05:19 PM ET The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that overturns a 2005 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ability of states to take control of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain and hand it to another private developer. That decision, Kelo v. City of New London, led to sharp complaints in particular from Republicans, who argued that the Court ignored the normal "public use" standard. Under that standard, eminent domain was seen as permissible only when the land or property taken would...
  • Probe after Judge pulls out a gun in court and tells sex attack VICTIM she's "killing her case."

    02/27/2012 3:16:36 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2012 | Paul Thompson
    A North Georgia judge stunned a courtroom after he pulled out a gun during a rape case to criticise a witness for not being cooperative. Judge David Barrett told the female witness she was ‘killing her case’ and that she might as well shoot her lawyer. As he made the statement he pretended to offer her his handgun before prosecutor Jeff Langley told him the gesture was inappropriate.
  • House GOP to renew attacks on health law as Supreme Court hears case

    02/26/2012 7:33:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/12 | Julian Pecquet
    House GOP to renew attacks on health law as Supreme Court hears caseBy Julian Pecquet - 02/25/12 06:00 PM ET House Republicans are planning renewed attacks against President Obama's healthcare reform law to coincide with Supreme Court arguments next month. The high court will hear challenges to the law's individual mandate and Medicaid expansion for six hours over three days, starting March 26. House Republicans are planning to ride the renewed focus on the law to chip away at controversial provisions, a leadership aide told The Hill, including its cost-control panel – the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB –...
  • Candidates advance in judicial race with Walker overtones

    02/22/2012 5:23:55 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies · 1+ views
    JSOnline ^ | 2-22-12 | Larry Sandler
    After making Gov. Scott Walker the issue in a Milwaukee County Circuit Court race, state Administrative Law Judge Carolina Maria Stark led Walker's appointee, incumbent Circuit Judge Nelson Phillips III, in Tuesday's primary. Stark and Phillips will advance to the April 3 general election, edging out Glendale Municipal Judge Chris Lipscomb on his third try for the circuit bench. Walker appointed Phillips, a former state and federal prosecutor, to the Branch 17 seat in October. Stark made that appointment a campaign issue, saying she didn't apply for the post because she didn't want to be associated with Walker. She works...
  • Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dog ('intrinsic value of human-animal bond')

    02/21/2012 4:24:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Appeals court rules in legal fight over dead dogThe Associated Press Tuesday, February 21, 2012 RALEIGH – The N.C. Court of Appeals has waded into a legal tussle over the wrongful death of a Jack Russell terrier. Nancy and Herb Shera of Wilmington sued North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, seeking more than $28,000 in damages after their dog, Laci, died following a botched tube feeding. In a 20-page ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court unanimously upheld an earlier ruling by the N.C. Industrial Commission, which decides compensation claims involving state agencies. The state commissioner had...
  • WY HB-70 Court Security Bill is an Sneak Attack at Expanding Gun Free Zones

    02/20/2012 7:44:51 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 20 February, 2012 | Anthony Bouchard
    Wyoming --(Ammoland.com)- Tell them to vote no on HB-70 Court Security – a bill disguised as a court security measure – when in fact it specifies a change to current law making “Any COUNTY BUILDING containing a district or circuit court” a gun free zone. Make no mistake this is an under the radar push to create additional gun control in Wyoming. Imagine walking in to the county center to pay for a vehicle license or a permit fee while forgetting to leave your firearm in the car, only to be reduced to “criminal status” with jail time and fines...
  • Ohio Supreme Court declines to hear Castle Doctrine appeal; Man who acted in self-defense is free

    02/10/2012 7:32:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 9 February, 2012 | Chad D. Baus
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Ohio Supreme Court (OSC) has declined to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. In 2010, Carl Kozlosky was convicted by a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court jury and sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Last fall, the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Kozlosky, saying there was overwhelming evidence that he had acted in self-defense. "Under the...
  • 'Negro' remark lands parfumier in court

    02/10/2012 3:31:56 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 09 Feb 2012 | Matthew Warren
    Jean-Paul Guerlain will appear in a Paris courtroom on Thursday to answer for remarks he made in a television interview that provoked controversy in France and abroad. Guerlain, a descendant of the founder of the company that bears his name, was answering questions on the lunchtime news programme of France 2 in October 2010 about a new perfume. "For once, I starter working like a negro," he said. "I don't know if negroes have always worked like that, but anyway..." In French, "pour une fois, je me suis mis à travailler comme un nègre. Je ne sais pas si les...
  • Second Amendment Foundation Appeals Dismissal Of Moore V. Madigan Carry Case(IL)

    02/07/2012 8:06:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2012 | SAF
    BELLEVUE, WA --(Ammoland.com)- The Second Amendment Foundation immediately filed an appeal following dismissal of its challenge to Illinois statutes that prohibit the carrying of loaded firearms outside the home for personal protection in the case of Moore v. Madigan. The case is named for individual plaintiff Michael Moore, and defendant Lisa Madigan in her capacity as Illinois Attorney General. Joining Moore and SAF in the case are Illinois Carry, and three other private citizens, Charles Hooks, Peggy Fechter and Jon Maier. The complaint was dismissed by Federal District Judge Sue E. Meyerscough, an Obama administration appointee who formerly served on...
  • Man Calls Suicide Hotline; Arrested, Cops Trash House Looking for Gun (DC)

    02/07/2012 5:29:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 57 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 6 February, 2012 | Courthouse News
    A depressed Army reservist who made a phone call for help says dozens of police responded by surrounding his home and arresting him, vandalizing and searching his place without a warrant, seizing his dog and killing his tropical fish. Matthew Corrigan, who lives alone with his dog, sued the District of Columbia in D.C. Federal Court. Confronted with a massive police presence after his plea for help, Corrigan says, he denied officers permission to enter his house, but they entered and trashed it anyway, saying, "I don't have time to play this constitutional bulls**t!" Corrigan says the debacle started on...
  • Supreme Court to hear Arizona (v. Hussein) immigration arguments April 25

    02/05/2012 7:57:36 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/03/12
    Supreme Court to hear Arizona immigration arguments April 25Reuters – Fri, Feb 3, 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it will hear arguments on April 25 on the power of states to adopt tough immigration laws, concluding the term's scheduled oral arguments with a major case pitting Arizona against the Obama administration. The high court released on Friday its April calendar, listing immigration and other cases scheduled to be heard in its final argument sitting for the current term, which began in October and ends in late June. At issue is whether federal immigration laws...
  • Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate

    02/03/2012 4:45:34 PM PST · by satan69 · 86 replies
    birther-report ^ | February 3, 2012 | birth report
    Judge: Obama eligible to be Georgia candidate A state administrative law judge on Friday flatly rejected challenges seeking to keep President Barack Obama from being a candidate in next month's Georgia primary. In a 10-page order, Judge Michael Malihi dismissed one challenge that contended Obama has maintained a Hawaiian birth certificate that is a computer-generated forgery, has a fraudulent Social Security number and invalid U.S. identification papers. He also turned back another that claimed the president is not a natural born citizen. Last month, Malihi heard testimony and took evidence in a hearing boycotted by Obama's lawyer. With regard to...
  • Ohio Supreme Court sends Castle Doctrine case of Carl Kozlosky back to trial court

    02/03/2012 11:39:42 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies · 1+ views
    cleveland.com ^ | 2 February, 2012 | Pat Galbincea
    The Ohio Supreme Court declined Wednesday to hear the case of a 55-year-old Cleveland homeowner convicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last year of killing an intruder. When the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals threw out the conviction of Carl Kozlosky and ordered a new trial, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason appealed the decision. The Ohio Supreme Court's decision Wednesday returns the case to Common Pleas Court. Kozlosky was sentenced last year to 18 years to life in prison for the shooting death of Andre Coleman on Sept. 20, 2009. Coleman broke into Kozlosky's house and began beating...
  • President Hails Roe v. Wade as Crucial “Stop Gap” Measure

    01/29/2012 1:11:22 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 Jan 2012 | John Semmens
    President Barack Obama used the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision outlawing all limits on abortion to make the case for the measure as a crucial stop gap on the way to full equality. “No one can deny that pregnancy places a disproportionate burden on women,” Obama asserted. “In an ideal world, men and women would take turns bearing this type of burden. We’re not there yet. In the meantime, though, we have an obligation to do whatever we can to level the playing field. By granting women an absolute right to abort unwanted offspring, Roe...