Arpaio in Context

The problematic nature of Arpaio’s tenure goes beyond just his contempt charge.

Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom From The Consequences Of That Speech

The First Amendment protects the rights even of the people who gathered in Charlottesville to promote hatred and violence, However, it does not shield them from the consequences of that speech.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

Murder by Mean Text?

A Massachusetts teenager faces 20 years in prison for contributing to her boyfriend’s suicide via text message.

David Clarke’s Plagiarized Masters Thesis

The infamous former sheriff and current Trump Homeland Security official committed academic fraud.

Two Years After Obergefell, Public Support For Same-Sex Marriage Hits Another High

Two years after the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, nearly two-thirds of Americans support the idea of legal marriage rights for gay and lesbian Americans.

Fourth Circuit Appears Skeptical Of Government’s Arguments Defending Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals heard argument yesterday in the appeal of an order barring travel from six Muslim countries, and it didn’t appear to go well for the attorneys defending the ban.

Federal Court Declines To Rehear Case Ruling In Favor Of Transgender High School Student

The Fourth Circuit has declined to rehear a case in which a three judge panel sided with a transgender student seeking to use the bathroom consistent with their gender identity.

Supreme Court Rules Against Seizure of Property Needed To Pay For Defense Counsel

A victory in the fight to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

No, We Shouldn’t Use The No-Fly List To Decide Who Can’t Buy A Gun

The no-fly list is a flawed, arbitrary mess that has kept innocent people from flying for years. Using it to deny people rights recognized by the Constitution is, quite honestly, insane.

Kentucky Clerk Found In Contempt And Jailed For Refusal To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk Kimberly Davis was found in contempt of court and jailed for her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Kentucky Clerk Sued For Refusing To Issue Licenses For Same-Sex Marriages

A County Clerk in Kentucky is being sued because she thinks she can refuse to do her job and still keep that job.

Arlington Assholes Up Bullshit Fine For Swearing in Public

It could cost you $250 to say “F- Arlington” if you happen to be in Arlington when you say it.

RFRA Battle Moves Beyond Indiana

Arkansas, North Carolina, and Virginia may soon see the same battle over RFRA laws that is playing itself out in Indiana

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

More interesting developments from the Supreme Court on what has been one of the biggest legal stories of 2014.

11th Circuit Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

For the fourth time in three years, a Federal Court has ruled that Florida’s law requiring drug tests for welfare recipients is unconstitutional.

Scott Walker Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients, But It Doesn’t Work, And It’s Unconstitutional

A popular idea that does nothing useful while simultaneously violating the Constitution.

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

Sanity Prevails In Case Of Sexting Teen Charged With Child Pornography

In some sense, justice has prevailed.

SCOTUS Will Find It Hard To Avoid Ruling On Marriage Equality In The Next Term

The Supreme Court’s next term doesn’t start for three months, but it’s becoming clear that the Justices will have to deal with marriage equality when it does.

Guantanamo Bay Is Not Going To Close

Mostly because of politics, the hopes of some and fears of others will never be realized.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Upholds Legislative Prayer

The Supreme Court has again ruled that prayers that open legislative sessions are not unconstitutional.

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge To N.S.A. Data Mining

Another Federal District Court ruling on the Constitutionality of the NSA’s data mining program, this time more favorable to the NSA.

Chelsea Manning and the Law

Bradley Manning’s announcement that she wishes to begin living life as a woman poses some interesting legal questions.

ACLU: Police Can Read, Track, And Store Your License Plate Number Wherever You Go

New technology brings the day of round the clock tracking of citizens who’ve done nothing wrong ever closer.

Legal Fight Against Same-Sex Marriage Moves To The States

The marriage equality battle is entering its next phase.

Texas Voter ID Goes Into Effect, AG Cites Voting Rights Act Decision

Effective immediately, Texans will have to show photo identification to vote.

Transgender 1st Grader Can Use Girls’ Bathroom

A Colorado 6-year-old with a penis has successfully sued for the right to use the girls’ restroom.

ACLU Files Suit Over NSA Phone Records Data Mining

The ACLU is suing over the NSA’s data mining. Does it really have a chance?

Big Metadata and Big Government

Jay Stanley and Ben Wizner, privacy experts at the ACLU, argue that metadata is more sensitive than we think.

Obama Expands Bush Data Mining Program

Apparently, it’s not just reporters whose phone logs the Obama administration is tracking.

Just Say No To Special Prosecutors

Republicans should reject the calls to call for a Special Prosecutor to investigate the unfolding scandals in Washington.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade Went Too Far

Justice Ginsburg made some interesting comments about Roe v. Wade recently. Could they be a signal about where the Court is headed on gay marriage?

The Odd Politics Of The GOP’s Gun Control Filibuster

The GOP’s decision to filibuster the Senate Gun Control Bill doesn’t make a lot of political sense.

Why Rand Paul’s Filibuster Mattered

Rand Paul’s filibuster is one that all American’s should thank him for that.

President Obama’s Troubling Justification For Targeted Killings

The Obama Administration has given us a peek at its legal arguments for targeted killings and they are troubling to say the least.

The Petraeus Scandal And The Surveillance State

If nothing else, the Petraeus affair is teaching us a valuable lesson in just how extensive the Surveillance State has become.

The Never Ending War On Terror

If you thought the War On Terror might be over, think again.

DOJ Records Show Massive Increase In Warrantless Surveillance Since 2009

Secret surveillance of American citizens has dramatically increased under the Obama Administration.

Mitt Romney’s Ridiculous “God” Attack On Obama And The Democrats

Over the weekend, Mitt Romney was sounding more like Rick Santorum than himself.

Pennsylvania Judge Upholds Controversial Voter ID Law

A victory for the proponents of Voter ID Laws in Pennsylvania.

Is Hitting The Facebook “Like” Button Protected Political Speech?

A Federal case in Virginia is testing the boundaries of what constitutes protected speech in the digital age.