So you have your issues with Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission, and the SCOTUS decision in 2010? Perhaps the real issue is corporate personhood. How did this decision come about? Read on...
Sunday, Jul 21st 2019 (12:00am)
YUP | 1 Jon Stewart Lashes Out at Hearing on 9/11 Responders Bill: You Should Be Ashamed of Yourselves
Earlier today, Jon Stewart (born John Stuart Liebowitz) gave an emotional testimony to a congressional committee that was half empty.
This is not enjoyable to watch, in fact rather troublesome, as Stewart continues his years-long efforts to support the first responders who are suffering.
Tuesday, Jun 11th 2019 (3:58pm)
After two weeks of deliberations, a criminal court in Puyo, Ecuador, accepted a Waorani tribe bid for court protection in Pastaza province to stop an oil bidding process.
Ecuador's Waorani indigenous tribe won their first victory Friday against big oil companies in a ruling that blocks the companies' entry onto ancestral Amazonian lands for oil exploration activities.
Tuesday, May 7th 2019 (5:05am)
The Hustle tells the story of Wylie Gustafson, a semi-pro yodeler from 'the empty part' of Montana who was hired to hoot for small regional commercial pimping an up-and-coming internet company called Yahoo!. The 3-note yodel became the company's signature mark, and it took a doozie of a lawsuit for Gustafson to get his due.
After two trials described by Amnesty International as “grossly unfair,” Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.
Thursday, Apr 4th 2019 (5:10pm)
No, this is not some boring lecture about interpreting the Constitution. It's a list of quirky things about our founders and what they went through to produce the document.
Thursday, Nov 29th 2018 (12:00am)
The Constitution of the United States is only 4543 words—7762 if you count the Amendments—and originally fit on just four large sheets of paper. But it packs a wallop. Not only is it the oldest written national constitution in the world, it's arguably the most influential in the world, too.
Granted, this is an opinion piece, but Steven Parton brings up an excellent point: Why are lawyers persuading judges about ethical issues surrounding technology instead of the people who actually understand the underlying beast?
Monday, Sep 17th 2018 (9:05am)
Three kayaktivists who oppose construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline - the tail end of Energy Transfer Partner's Dakota Access Pipeline - are reportedly the first people to be charged with felonies under a new Louisiana law that, like a model bill crafted by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects.
Monday, Aug 13th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: softest voice
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Notably the states that allow parents to use religion as a mean to deny their children live saving treatment?
All states have laws prohibiting child abuse and neglect. But in 34 states (as well as the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico), there are exemptions in the civil child abuse statutes when medical treatment for a child conflicts with the religious beliefs of parents, according to data collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Sunday, Apr 29th 2018 (2:51pm) | Thanks: kRYS
The House of Representatives is about to vote on a bill that would force online platforms to censor their users. The Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865) might sound noble, but it would do nothing to stop sex traffickers. What it would do is force online platforms to police their users’ speech more forcefully than ever before, silencing legitimate voices in the process.
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There is an interesting case out of Michigan where the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a man can be charged with driving while intoxicated on his own private driveway. The case against Gino Rea of Northville was reinstated in this decision after the court found that the law encompasses any area accessible to motor vehicles, even if it is on private property.
Rea was arrested after a police officer responded to a noise complaint in 2014 and saw Rea start to back his car down the driveway. Rea however saw the police car and pulled back into his garage. Later police determined that his blood alcohol was three times the legal limit.
Sunday, Aug 6th 2017 (12:01am)
After decades of inactivity, the US Supreme Court in 2008 began a major reexamination of the scope of the right to keep and bear arms, an issue that has long ignited passionate debate and prompted powerful political lobbying.
How well do you understand this constitutional evolution? Take our quiz to test your knowledge.
Friday, Apr 14th 2017 (11:53am)
If you have ever doubted the importance of the humble Oxford comma, let this supremely persnickety Maine labor dispute set you straight.
Thursday, Mar 16th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: jaidubs
Because space is an area without defined boundaries, there are many questions about legal jurisdiction on spacecraft orbiting Earth and other celestial bodies. Space-faring nations have agreed to a variety of policies and treaties that concern activities in space exploration.
Maritime law governs maritime questions and offenses. It's a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities that operate vessels on the oceans.
It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, marine salvaging, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. Maritime law can be confusing, but interesting.
You wouldn't think that an author can posthumously write a book, would you? Of course not, but it did place into motion the copyright laws of this country and the modern evolution of public domain works.
Thursday, Mar 17th 2016 (5:13am)
We're all familiar with the term potluck; very few however are aware that it's illegal to have one outside the workplace in Arizona. "Who cares? So is marijuana," said Roger Farris, who lives at Golden Acres Mobile Home Park. He gave us the grand tour of the area where potlucks are thrown quite regularly. "I've never lost one person in here on a potluck," Farris said.
Monday, Feb 8th 2016 (12:01am)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
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