January 3, 2022 5:01 am
Nebraska Town Sues Resident to Stop Sending Officials Letters, Ends Up Paying Him $16,000
“[N]early every public official draws the attention of critics and cranks who have opinions they insist on sharing…. But rather than accept that as one of the privileges of public service, the defendants decided to pursue a lawsuit that asked a state court to impose a prior restraint on the plaintiff’s speech.”
January 3, 2022 4:00 am
Today in Supreme Court History: January 3, 1911
1/3/1911: Justice Willis Van Devanter takes oath.
January 3, 2022 3:00 am
Texas’ 6-Week Abortion Ban Threatens Every Constitutional Right
If it is upheld, state legislators easily could use the strategy embodied in S.B. 8 to attack other rights the Supreme Court has recognized.
January 3, 2022 1:00 am
Brickbat: Bad Medicine
As Jerod Draper was dying of a meth overdose, video shows that staff at the Harrison County, Indiana, jail did not immediately seek medical attention for him. Instead, they placed him in a restraint chair and placed a hood over his head, used their Tasers on him repeatedly, stomped his feet, and used pain compliance…
January 2, 2022 9:25 pm
Minnesota Government: “Deprioritiz[e] Access for Patients” to COVID Drugs, Based Partly on Their Being White
A rich non-white patient would be given priority over a poor white patient with precisely the same age and health conditions.
January 2, 2022 3:26 pm
Interesting Litigation Pseudonyms
In writing my article on pseudonymous litigation, I’ve noticed that some pseudonyms aren’t mainstays such as Doe or Roe, or deliberately common names such as John Smith, but instead are either puns or references to famous (and perhaps topically connected) works. Three in particular come to mind: Hester Prynne v. Settle, 848 F. App’x 93…
January 2, 2022 5:30 am
Animal-Rights Laws Are Coming Back To Bite California and Massachusetts Voters
State food laws shouldn’t apply to producers and consumers across state lines.
January 2, 2022 4:00 am
Today in Supreme Court History: January 2, 1923
1/2/1923: Justice Pierce Butler takes oath.
January 2, 2022 3:00 am
The Lockdown Showdown
Alarmed by unilateral COVID-19 restrictions, states are imposing new limits on executive authority.
January 1, 2022 11:26 am
Chief Justice Roberts Dissents From Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court
Roberts to Congress: Don’t call us, we’ll call you.
January 1, 2022 9:00 am
Brickbats: January 2022
The Court of Appeal for Nova Scotia ruled in August that Lorne Grabher’s last name could be interpreted as a call for violence against women and so he has no free speech right to a vanity license plate with his last name. The city of San Francisco has spent three years and half a million…
January 1, 2022 8:28 am
The Late Bishop Desmond Tutu, Antisemite
His harsh criticism of Israel often shaded into, and seems to have been partially motivated by, antisemitic tropes.
January 1, 2022 4:00 am
Today in Supreme Court History: January 1, 1863
1/1/1863: Emancipation Proclamation issued.