Virginia Gun-Quake Continues: Dems abandon plans for assault weapons ban (Constitution news round-up)
2A: Virginia gun-quake leaves Dems quaking in their boots; they abandon plans to introduce assault weapons ban
2A: Virginia sheriff threatens to deputize thousands of citizens to get around any gun-control measures the new Democrat legislature might pass
2A: West Virginia lawmaker introduces bill to hold gun-free zones legally liable for shooting injuries
2A: use of ghost gun in teen shooting in California shows the futility of gun control: #WhackAMole
2A: What restrictions of free speech would you tolerate? - Extreme Risk Protective Order for free speech? One book a month? Banned books for dangerous individuals? Banning "assault magazines" with more than 10 pages? Got the point yet?
Free Expression: Singapore slaps ‘fake news’ label on posts of government critic under rubric of combatting false information online. #CarefulWhatYouWishFor
1A: Supreme Court agrees to hear challenge to Delaware law requiring political balance of the major parties on its courts; small parties object
1A: Minnesota woman files suit after being threatened with harassment prosecution for filming zoning violations at her neighborhood mosque
1A: religious freedom group appeals U.S. military’s decision to ban religious dog tags
1A: Christian school in Maryland contests exclusion from state school choice program because of its traditional beliefs on marriage despite no actual discrimination on basis of sexual orientation
1A Religion: judge cites Religious Freedom Restoration Act in acquitting activist who leaves water for illegal migrants in wilderness areas
4A: sister had no authority to consent to a search of her brother’s garbage bags inside her storage unit; evidence (fentanyl) excluded and conviction vacated (1st Circuit)
4A / Due Process: is it reasonable to toss personal items when taking down homeless encampments? 9th Circuit says a class action is not the way to find out.
8A: Supreme Court upholds suspension of federal executions pending litigation in lower courts
Unenumerated Rights - protect through substantive due process or the Privileges or Immunities clause?
note this in 9A doc to read
9A: Go from zero to sixty on the Ninth Amendment and unenumerated rights in one short article
1A/Discrimination: deceptively named Equality / Fairness for All Act “expands government power to dictate how individual Americans should think, speak, and act”; free speech and conscience rights threatened in healthcare, public square, school sports, and elsewhere.
14A: Well, this had to happen eventually - lawsuit claims SAT and ACT college admission tests discriminate on the basis of race and wealth
Commerce Clause: federal judge affirms California’s right to dictate meat-production techniques to the other 49 states (‘comply with our rules or don’t sell here’)
Kudos! to the U.S. Constitution Scholarship Foundation in Florida for holding free after-school classes on the Constitution to remedy the deficiencies in today’s STEM-heavy high school curriculum
Hamilton on impeachment (Federalist Papers #65) - “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”