Coronavirus Restrictions Strike Some as Tyranny, But They’re Just State Police Powers in Action (Constitution news round-up)
“Nashville Business Owners Defy Mayor and Remain Open! – Say Order to Close Bars and Restaurants on Broadway Is UNCONSTITUTIONAL”
Police Powers: Yes, states can constitutionally close bars and ban large events to stop the spread of disease.
1A Compelled Speech: Ohio professor disciplined for refusing to use a transgender’s preferred pronoun will appeal dismissal of case
1A: Janus, who won Supreme Court case forbidding forced union dues, asks high court to order refund of $3,000 he paid
Free Expression: “Canadian dad trying to stop daughter’s ‘transition’ to male faces charges for speaking to media”
Freedom of Religion: Illinois religious freedom and conscience protection laws mostly protect Catholic nurse who objected to birth control and abortion-referral duties, state appellate court rules.
2A: mental patient released 20 years ago and living without incident can’t get his gun rights back because scientific evidence shows mental patient pose an increased risk of suicide and violence well after they are released.
4A: 7th Circuit upholds ‘ShotSpotter’ alert (which triangulates sound of gunfire) to justify vehicle stop; system in use by 100 police departments
8A Cruel and Unusual: denial of transitioning to transgender inmate is not deliberate indifference to a serious medical need (11th Circuit)
War Powers: If Congress is serious about wanting its war powers back, it must also be serious about the shouldering the responsibility that comes with it
Amendments: stopping Presidents from waging endless war, abolishing the income tax, and other ideas for amending the Constitution
State Constitutions: “Kentucky House Passes Constitutional Amendment Specifying There’s No Right to Abortion”; measure moves to state senate