The Supreme Court is scheduled to hand down decisions on several key constitutional issues in June, including recess appointments and the separation of powers doctrine.
Like many state and local officials across the country who are struggling against federal EPA regulations that are strangling their economies, Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor Mark Costello is frustrated — and fed up.
“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.