1A Religion: Supreme Court rules baker need not work for same-sex wedding when the government deliberately targets religion in passing ordinance; broader questions left undecided
5A Due Process: Trump signs federal Right to Try legislation giving patients access to experimental drugs
5A: Supreme Court ducks case to force U.S. to provide abortions to illegal immigrant minors, calling it moot (abortion already performed). Strange argument: failure to provide abortion is ‘undue burden’ on abortion rights.
1A, Separation of Powers: union sues over Trump order limiting the time federal workers can spend on union business when they’re supposed to be working
14A Equal Protection: Sailor jailed for taking classified submarine photos sues Obama and Comey for selective prosecution (low likelihood of success)
14A Equal Protection: Virginia school district appeals ruling allowing transgender student to proceed with challenge to bathroom policy
1A: free speech issue not reached in same-sex cake case; two Justices found compelled speech but two did not
1A: Bradley Manning loses appeal; can’t invoke free speech as shield for giving national defense info to Wikileaks
1A: wrongly-named Liberty High School in Oregon wrongfully barred student from wearing Trump border wall t-shirt, federal judge rules
4A: Delaware Supreme Court rules the Fourth Amendment does not bar the use of incriminating evidence revealed to an undercover officer friended on Facebook
4A: if qualified immunity blocks suits against officers, how else to punish violations of the Fourth Amendment without excluding evidence from trial?
5A Double Jeopardy: NY Attorney General seeks state law to jail those like Dinesh D’Souza pardoned of federal crimes
5A Self-Incrimination: intellectually-challenged 16-year-old murderer (susceptible to suggestion and subject of Netflix show) argues confession not voluntary after police gave him ‘right’ answers to say during interrogation
5A right against self-incrimination trumps state civil forfeiture law, Iowa Supreme Court rules. Unconstitutional to require individuals challenging forfeiture to disclose how they acquired the property.
14A Equal Protection: “Latino, Asian-American Groups Sue Over Citizenship Question”
14A Equal Protection: Michigan judge loses challenge to forced retirement age; state doesn’t explain it but the policy can’t be said to be irrational.
Chevron: Wisconsin Supreme Court may lead the way in changing approach to courts deferring to agencies –“ three levels of deference: great weight deference, due weight deference or no deference”
Amendments: Equal Rights Amendment only needs one more state for ratification, but get ready for fight about deadline expiring; seen as overturning all anti-abortion laws
Amendments: article summarizes arguments, pro and con, for ratifying Equal Rights Amendment after long delay
Treaties: Supreme Court takes case that could give half of Oklahoma to Muscogee Indians
Mark Levin: Progressivism concentrates power and is thus incompatible with the U.S. Constitution
Woodrow Wilson hated the Constitution because he believed in technocrats and experts, not democracy or We the People
4A: it’s the 90th anniversary of Olmstead case allowing warrantless wiretapping (overturned in 1967 Katz case)
Constitution’s citizenship for ‘Indians not taxed’ became full birthright citizenship for all Indians in 1924 law; full voting rights delayed until 1965
Ready for Your Quiz? Beach incident with underage drinker raises host of issues: do you have to give the cops your name? Submit to a breathalyzer? Can cops turn their body cams off? Etc.
Shame! Eric Holder urges Justice Department employees to defy Trump in Spygate to ‘protect the institution’, - where is that in the Constitution?
1A: political correctness and attacks on free speech indicate budding tyranny, with thought control the endpoint
Secret court in U.S. jails activist for publishing the truth, gags media, orders outlets to delete articles. Then I woke up. (Thank heaven for the U.S. Constitution. This is why we fight for it.)