Civil Liberties

by Jay Marshall Wolman As previously discussed, reader Angie NK asked for a post about the Ninth Amendment.  I digressed to the Fourth Amendment as I had some thoughts already percolating on it.  [Side note:  turns out people still actually make and sell percolators.] But, ask and thou shalt receive.  The Ninth Amendment...

by Jay Marshall Wolman In a comment to my post announcing the formation of the Third Amendment Lawyers Association, reader Angie NK asked for some Ninth Amendment love. I'll get there, Angie, I promise. But, before I do, I had some questions and thoughts about #3's neighbor, the Fourth Amendment. The Third...

"If you protest, you're just inciting the police to shoot you, so what do you expect?" Pretty stupid, huh? How about, "if you don't want people to protest, then don't treat them in a way that they feel like they need to protest." Same shit with drawing Mohammed. If you don't...

You remember that episode, where Michael Scott declares bankruptcy? [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM] Keep that in mind for this lesson, kids. This happens to all of us, from time to time. A lawyer sends you a letter with some threatening language on it that he thinks accomplishes his goal of making it...

If you don't know what the deal is with prior restraint, here, watch: [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn-kxUEySy0] There. Simple. Right? THE SUPREME COURT HAS ROUNDLY REJECTED PRIOR RESTRAINT! I wish I could just submit that clip to the next judge who even considers granting one. Just hold up a chromebook with...

This is a pretty familiar story line. A businessman wants to open a strip club. Some members of the local community decide that they do not want that kind of thing in their town. The resistance is usually faith-based (which is where the wheels really come off)....

It's an all-too-common scenario: A blogger criticizes someone online, and then gets sued for his statements.   But two things make this case unique: First, the plaintiff sued because of the blogger's characterizations of him shooting two dogs at close range; second, the defendant blogger was in Florida - and...

By Tatiana von Tauber What do you think of this Amanda Knox story? I watched her interview here . It's moving. I've been following the case for years and I empathize as sometimes facts lead to conclusions which create illusion, not truth and it is here we discover the depth of trust...

This is not a Star Trek order.  There are no pithy jokes here.  There is, however, a shocking exposé of just how insidious the government can be in coercing silence when you speak out against outdated, incorrect, and even dangerous "conventional wisdom." Cooksey v. Futrell, et al., Case No. 12-2084, 2013...