• I Stand With Brett Kavanaugh

    I Stand With Brett Kavanaugh

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    When I read Christine Blasey Ford’s account of being assaulted when she was a teenager, I felt sick to my stomach.

    How could you not after reading how she was trapped in a room and pinned down as a boy groped her and tried to rip her clothes off? This is a serious allegation.

    Ford should be treated with respect, and she deserves an opportunity to share her story.

    She is not, however, entitled to blind faith that everything she says is true. Judge Brett Kavanaugh also deserves to be heard and should be treated with the same level of respect. READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court Declined to Hear Arkansas Abortion Case. Here’s What That Means.

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    This week, the Supreme Court declined to take up Planned Parenthood’s challenge to a 2015 Arkansas law intended to protect women experiencing complications after a medication abortion.

    The commonsense reform would require clinics that provide abortion-inducing drugs to have an arrangement with a doctor at a nearby hospital. In the case of an emergency, that doctor could then treat the woman at the hospital—something the Arkansas Legislature determined is necessary in light of the myriad complications that can result from a drug-induced abortion. READ MORE...

  • 3 Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Month

    3 Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Month

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    The Supreme Court is back in session this week. The justices will hear oral arguments in cases dealing with free speech, political gerrymandering, and the rights of criminal defendants.

    Here are three cases to watch.

    1. Can states force pro-life centers to advertise for abortions?

    On March 20, the court will hear arguments in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case challenging the California “Reproductive FACT Act.” The law, passed in 2015, requires pro-life pregnancy centers to place ads in their facilities for the state’s free or low-cost abortion program. READ MORE...

  • Supreme Court Hears Ban on Political T-Shirts at the Polls

    Supreme Court Hears Ban on Political T-Shirts at the Polls

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    When was the last time a T-shirt or button influenced the way you voted?

    Probably never—but the state of Minnesota thinks its citizens are much more impressionable, so it banned voters from wearing items that could be construed as “political” at polling places.

    In addition to prohibiting express advocacy on behalf of a political candidate or ballot question, Minnesota’s law also bans “issue oriented material designed to influence or impact voting” and “material promoting a group with recognizable political views,” such as a “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt. READ MORE...

  • Meet These 2 Trump Judicial Nominees Who Just Fielded Questions in the Senate

    Meet These 2 Trump Judicial Nominees Who Just Fielded Questions in the Senate

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    This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee considered two of President Donald Trump’s best nominations to date—Kyle Duncan for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and David Stras for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, scheduled the hearing over the protest of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who refused to return his blue slip on Stras’ nomination.

    After holding out, Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., returned a modified blue slip for Duncan, indicating that Duncan should receive a hearing but not announcing whether he supports the nomination. READ MORE...

  • What the Supreme Court Is Up to This Term

    What the Supreme Court Is Up to This Term

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    The Supreme Court’s final sitting of 2017 begins this week, and the justices will hear oral arguments in a number of high-profile cases involving the Fourth Amendment, free speech and religious liberty, federalism, and property rights.

    Here’s a look at the cases coming up.

    Property Rights of Patent Holders

    On Nov. 27, the Supreme Court will hear Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, a case involving the federal government’s ability to review the validity of a patent through an administrative proceeding (known as “inter partes” review), rather than in federal court. READ MORE...

  • Democrats Berate Conservative Judicial Nominee for Politically Incorrect Tweets

    Democrats Berate Conservative Judicial Nominee for Politically Incorrect Tweets

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    This week, two nominees to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, facing fierce opposition from Democrats.

    President Donald Trump nominated Don Willett and James Ho to seats on the federal appeals court based in Texas.

    Willett, currently a justice on the Texas Supreme Court, is known as the “Tweeter Laureate of Texas” for his entertaining social media presence.

    Despite this playful side, Willett is a thoughtful jurist with more than a decade of experience on the bench. He also worked for George W. Bush during his governorship and presidency. READ MORE...