“Defense Support of Civil Authorities,” a Defense Department Directive issued on December 29, 2010, outlines the conditions under which federal military forces could be used to put down civil unrest. However, the directive states that such forces “shall not be used to quell civil disturbances unless specifically authorized by the president in accordance with applicable law or permitted under emergency authority.”
The Supreme Court on Monday extended its doctrine of "qualified immunity" to two cases, both unanimously.
A representative of the Convention of States organization penned another call for a convention filled with historical inaccuracies.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the USA Freedom Act in gutted form May 22, forcing most of its original sponsors to vote against the legislation. The House passed the bill by a 303-121 vote, with a majority in both parties favoring passage.
Proponents of utilizing Article V of the U.S. Constitution to convene a convention of states to amend the U.S. Constitution claim that a well-worded resolution by state legislatures would not go awry because such a runaway convention is “unprecedented.” They've got their history wrong.
Federal Judge Mark W. Bennett (of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa) issued an order on May 21 that halts enforcement of the Obama administration’s HHS mandate against two Christian colleges — Dordt College in Iowa and Cornerstone University in Michigan.
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.