As passed by the House, the National Defense Authorization Act retains the power to detain indefinitely suspected terrorists, without habeas corpus or trial.
On May 19 the California state Senate voted 29-1 to approve SB 828, the California Fourth Amendment Protection Act, which would prohibit the state from helping any federal agency that attempts the “illegal and unconstitutional collection of electronic data.” Though the bill does not specifically mention the National Security Agency (NSA), its sponsors, Senators Ted Lieu (D) and Joel Anderson (R), said the legislation does target the spy agency.
In a decision handed down earlier this month, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the right to a jury trial guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment.
A federal judge overturned a ban on same-sex marriage in the state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday. According to Fox News, "In his decision, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III called the plaintiffs — a widow, 11 couples and two teenage daughters to one of the couples — courageous.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has filed a motion opposing the Obama administration's motion to dismiss his class-action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of NSA surveillance.
The Missouri legislature has sent to voters a proposed amendment preventing unwarranted surveillance of electronic and digital communication.
After a meeting with local leaders, the federal government maintains its control over a critical watering hole in Otero County, New Mexico.
On the last day of its legislative session, the Missouri legislature failed to approve legislation aimed at nullifying unconstitutional attempts by the federal government to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms.
Today is the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, declaring segregated public schools unconstitutional.