Constitutional Law

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    No one should accept guilt before proof

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist highlights those who would deny Americans one of their fundamental rights. It was heartening to see so many conservatives criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new proposal to expand the use of civil asset forfeiture, a policy that allows government to seize the private…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2017
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    Leef highlights a religious-liberty legal victory

    George Leef’s latest Forbes column focuses on a recent court ruling that boosted defenders of religious liberty. One reason why ADF has earned the enmity of SPLC (and many others on the Left) is the success it has had in litigating against overreaching government policies that infringe upon Americans’…
    Mitch Kokai, July 24, 2017
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    N.C. Supreme Court to address elections board dispute in August

    The N.C. Supreme Court has agreed to hear oral arguments next month in the case pitting Gov. Roy Cooper against state legislative leaders. At stake is the law creating a new eight-member, bipartisan state elections and ethics board. Read more details here.
    Mitch Kokai, July 20, 2017
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    Cato’s Ilya Shapiro recaps key developments from U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016-17 term

    The U.S. Supreme Court saw a rare personnel change in the past year, as Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch took the seat vacated when Antonin Scalia died in 2016. Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review, used a…
    Mitch Kokai, July 19, 2017
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    Another chance for Trump to make his mark on the judiciary

    Jonathan Adler comments at the Washington Post‘s “Volokh Conspiracy” blog about the latest potential high-profile judicial vacancy. [Janice Rogers] Brown has been a distinctive voice on the D.C. Circuit, and has authored numerous provocative and attention-getting opinions. These include her recent opinion lamenting the lack of meaningful political…
    Mitch Kokai, July 10, 2017
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    After overriding a veto from Gov. Roy Cooper, North Carolina lawmakers enacted a $23 billion General Fund budget for the new budget year that started this week. Becki Gray details key themes from the budget during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Jon Guze analyzes…
    Mitch Kokai, July 7, 2017
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    Assessing the Supreme Court with Gorsuch

    Ryan Lovelace of the Washington Examiner reports Justice Neil Gorsuch’s early impact on the U.S. Supreme Court. The conclusion of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s abbreviated first term on the Supreme Court in April already has begun to reveal how the nine-justice court will develop. Conservatives have roundly praised Gorsuch’s…
    Mitch Kokai, July 6, 2017
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    Democrats bash Gorsuch

    Kevin Daley of the Daily Caller highlights Democrats’ reaction to the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Senate Democrats savaged Justice Neil Gorsuch’s early performance on the Supreme Court, as his first rulings reveal an important shift in the balance of power on the high court. Three…
    Mitch Kokai, June 30, 2017