Salt Lake County (Utah) Mayor Peter Corroon has announced that for the November election his county will print ballots in Spanish.

But critics have pointed to the propensity of the bilingual ballot provisions to “balkanize” the country by creating regions where “language minorities” will have access to the electoral system denied to others who speak the same language, but live outside of “covered jurisdictions.”

Then there is the problem of discrimination accomplished by provisions purported to fight that very thing. Arbitrary population percentages that trigger the federal act’s mandate of bilingual ballots are an imprecise response to changing demographics and tend to favor Hispanics to the detriment of other ethnicities.

Some have pointed out that this federal favoritism violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by denying people within covered jurisdictions of the equal protection of the laws.

The Government Accountability Office found that prior to the Department of Health and Human Services' July memorandum granting waivers of welfare work requirements, HHS had consistently held that it did not have the authority to grant such waivers.

During a hearing on a lawsuit challenging the CIA’s persistent stonewalling of a petition seeking details of its death-by-drone program, federal appeals court judges grilled government lawyers on the intelligence agency’s need to keep the scheme secret.

Attorneys representing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) appeared September 20 before a three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals defending a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the CIA for greater information on the policies and procedures guiding its use of drones to kill suspected enemies of the United States

The proliferation in the use of drones overseas and at home threatens timeless principles of constitutional liberty, including due process and the prohibition of unlawful searches and seizures.

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg predicted Wednesday that the U.S. Supreme Court will tackle the issue of same-sex marriage some time during the next term, which will begin next month and end in June of next year.

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