San Diego State has long rallied about its mascot The Aztecs, but may soon join other schools in changing its symbol to avoid objections over cultural insensitivity. We previously discussed the controversial decisions to drop the “Fighting Sioux” and “Chief Illini.” This decisions and polls show Native Americans largely supportive of team names referencing National American icons or tribes.
Defense counsel often struggle with clients who fail to demand a lawyer in interrogation. Sean Sykes Jr. however appears to have shutdown his interrogation without uttering a sound . . . well at least a word. Police say that they were forced to terminate their interrogation by Sykes’ continual flatulence. He is no doubt now in production to star in the sequel series to “Breaking Bad” called “Breaking Wind.”
With the expanding allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein and others, Energy Secretary Rick Perry appears to have the answer: fossil fuels. That’s right, more fossil fuel less sexual assault.
As many on this blog are aware, I testified in favor of the confirmation of Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch at his Senate hearing. I believe him to be a jurist with a deep commitment to first principles of constitutional interpretation. It was for that reason that I was taken aback the the dismissive and careless comments on Gorsuch by National Public Radio Legal Affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg. Totenberg used the Supreme Court podcast “First Mondays” to launch into Gorsuch for what Totenberg described as pedantic and annoying conduct in conferences and oral arguments. Gorsuch’s colleagues on the Tenth Circuit as well as the broader appellate bench uniformly described him as a collegial, civil, and respectful colleague.
According to a newly filed complaint, the New Mexico State University preferred Camille LeVieux to Camille LeNoir. The “new” LeNoir turned out to be a straight, Christian women’s basketball coach. The university appears to have had the older LeNoir in mind when they hired her. LeNoir once as star at the University of Southern California who was drafted by the Washington Mystics and played professionally overseas. She was also an open lesbian. LeNoir would seem an ideal choice except that she spoke openly about being heterosexual and now opposing homosexuality as a sin. Her offer was later rescinded by the New Mexico State University and the hiring coach allegedly told her it was about the video and her defense of heterosexuality.
I will be speaking today at a conference at Yale as part of the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Program. The conference is on “The Constitution and the Courts: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future of Freedom.” My specific panel addresses “Judicial Confirmations and Interpreting the Constitution: Borking, Activism, and Originalism.”
Speakers at the conference will include former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte, Randy Barnett, Carlos Eire, E. Donald Elliott, David French, Mollie Hemingway, Michael McConnell, Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., Nicholas Rosenkranz, Peter Schuck, Ilya Shapiro, Jonathan Turley, Ed Whelan, and Adam White.