Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas likened the rationale for an affirmative action admissions policy to segregationist arguments of previous decades.
Judges are not fit arbiters of moral issues, Justice Scalia said in a speech titled, "Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters."
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on June 24 to hear a case involving the validity of three recess appointments President Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in January that the appointments to the NLRB’s board, which normally has five members, were invalid. The court’s decision will be made during the High Court’s next term, which will start in October.
Texas Governor Rick Perry signed a bill into law June 14 that curtails the power of law enforcement and government to use drones to conduct surveillance on the citizens of the Lone Star State.
The Supreme Court handed down a decision on June 17 that has been ignored by most media outlets, despite its devastating effect on one of the most fundamental rights protected by the Constitution.
In a 5-4 ruling, the justices ruled that a person no longer has the right to remain silent as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. In relevant part, the Fifth Amendment mandates that no one “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.”
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted that the bureau has been using drones in domestic surveillance.
Google is challenging the federal government over gag orders on data requests, asserting that it has a constitutional right to speak about information it has been compelled to hand over to the government. On Tuesday, Google issued a legal filing wherein it invoked the First Amendment’s free speech protection against the longstanding gag orders over the data requests in an effort to revamp its reputation in the aftermath of news about the National Security Agency’s Internet surveillance.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voters is illegal. According to the court’s decision, states cannot require voters to prove they are American citizens because it violates a 1993 federal law that allows people to register to vote through a single form accepted by all states in which voter’s “swear” they are citizens of the United States.
Fox News and other mainstream media outlets are smearing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, rather than reporting on the federal government's assault on fundamental civil liberties that he revealed.
Despite a massive influx of funds from billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is an anti-gun extremist using his fortune to bankroll nationwide attacks on the Second Amendment, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have mandated “universal background checks” on gun purchases. Gun-rights activists successfully mobilized to stop the bill, inundating the Republican governor’s office with phone calls asking him to veto it.
The defeat of the controversial legislation was viewed as a major development with implications that extend far beyond Nevada’s borders.