Supreme Court Takes Chicago Handgun Case in Major Test of Second Amendment Rights

easterbrook200px-Sonia_SotomayorThe Supreme Court has accepted a major handgun case, McDonald v. Chicago, that will define the scope of the recently recognized individual right under the Second Amendment. It will also allow new Justice Sonia Sotomayor to vote on the very issue that led to much of the opposition against her in her confirmation.
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Drop Kick Me Jesus Through the Goal Post of Life: Georgia Roots Out Christian Cheerleaders

150px-Enloecheer210px-Meister_des_Reliquienkreuzes_von_Cosenza_002The cheerleaders of Georgia’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School appear to be short a cheer for separation of church and state doctrine. They have triggered a constitutional controversy by using Biblical verses as part of their displays to root for the football team to “commit to the Lord” and “take courage and do it.”
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Question of the Day: Who Is The Last Guy You Want As a Character Witness in a Child Molestation Case?

230px-PolanskiIFFKV220px-Woody_Allen_at_the_premiere_of_Whatever_WorksAnswer: Woody Allen. That’s right, Woody Allen who became something of a pariah over his relationship with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn is now calling for charges to be dropped against fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski for his sex with a thirteen year old girl in 1977.

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Florida Supreme Court Upholds Sanction Against Lawyer Who Called Judge a “Witch” on a Blog

cherylaleman_blog_20071214082343Sean Conway135Florida State bar authorities have fined trial lawyer Sean Conway $1,200 for criticizing Ft. Lauderdale Judge Cheryl Aleman on a blog, including calling Conway an “evil, unfair witch.” We previously discussed this case, here. The ruling is a major blow to free speech and another case of courts or the bar overreaching in punishing lawyers and parties for their criticism of judges. What is particularly interesting is that Aleman has been charged with misconduct by the Judicial Qualifications Commission.
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