Category Archives: Courts

Potentially good news on forced unionization in Illinois

Bill McMorris of the Washington Free Beacon reports on a development that should please opponents of forced unionization. A federal judge will allow three Illinois government workers to challenge the state’s compulsory union system over the objections of powerful public sector unions. Judge Robert W. Gettleman ruled Tuesday that the public sector employees had standingContinue Reading

Supreme Court justice with some rule-of-law issues

Ian Tuttle writes for National Review Online that veteran U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears uninterested in the fundamental legal concept of the rule of law. This weekend was not the first time Ginsburg has spoken less than discreetly about a hot-button issue. When she criticized Roe v. Wade at the University ofContinue Reading

Leef shares positive court news with Forbes readers

Amid the continuous stream of stories involving disappointing court decisions, George Leef has identified a positive decision involving an Ohio case. He dissects the opinion for Forbes readers. If you’re out in public, minding your own business and breaking no law, you shouldn’t have to fear being arrested, handcuffed, and tossed into a squad car.Continue Reading

N.C. Appeals Court allows libel suit against N&O to move forward

A unanimous three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that an SBI forensic firearms examiner can proceed with her libel suit against the News & Observer and reporter Mandy Locke in connection with 2010 newspaper coverage. Among other opinions released this morning: A unanimous three-judge panel dismissed as moot an appeal arisingContinue Reading

Stossel responds to Murray’s civil disobedience proposal

John Stossel‘s latest column at Human Events explores Charles Murray’s proposal for a new wave of civil disobedience. Charles Murray, already controversial for writing books on how welfare hurts the poor, on ethnic differences in IQ and on (less controversial, but my favorite) happiness and good government, has written a new book that argues thatContinue Reading

Leef highlights N.C. business owner in latest Forbes column

George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on a business owner in North Carolina fighting against civil asset forfeiture. Although some states have moved to stop the abominable practice of civil asset forfeiture (bravo to New Mexico), the vicious monster is still alive, still seizing money and property from innocent people, still making them battle throughContinue Reading

Leef’s latest Forbes column ponders prospects for term limits

George Leef’s latest column for Forbes marks the 20-year anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down federal term limits. In my view, Justice Clarence Thomas grasped the crucial point, writing “Nothing in the Constitution deprives the people of each State of the power to prescribe eligibility requirements for the candidates who seek toContinue Reading

Grumpy justice

Conservative or liberal, activist or defential, right or wrong — a recent study finds one interesting trend among recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions. Paul Barrett summarizes the results for the latest issue of Bloomberg Businessweek. … [S]cholars at Dartmouth and the University of Virginia have collaborated on computer-driven research showing that the justices’ opinions areContinue Reading