The First Amendment and Occupy Wall Street’s Occupation of Zuccotti Park

November 6, 2011 | Comments Off on The First Amendment and Occupy Wall Street’s Occupation of Zuccotti Park

by Tony Guo Introduction Over Fall Break I visited my fiancée in New York City.  As part of my visit we went to Washington Square Park.  We both graduated from New York University and Washington Square Park is a second home to us.  It was the first place I met my fiancée.  Before I graduated […]

Impunity for Journalist’s Killers

February 22, 2009 | Comments Off on Impunity for Journalist’s Killers

A chilling message was sent to journalists worldwide when all three defendants associated with the murder of Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya were acquitted this Thursday.  However, this will not be the end of the case.  Attorneys for the Politkovskaya family promised to appeal the decision and Judge Yevgeni Zubov, the presiding judge, ordered today […]

Ice Storms and Blizzards Don’t Mean We’re Cool (Global Warming Still Happening)

February 18, 2009 | Comments Off on Ice Storms and Blizzards Don’t Mean We’re Cool (Global Warming Still Happening)

Professor Ryan’s ACS contribution emphasized the importance of the new Green Deal for stimulating the economy and saving the planet. However, recent severe winter storms may have some of us wondering, “This can’t be global warming, is the environment okay now?” The February 15 edition of EarthTalk, the question-and-answer column of E-The Environmental Magazine, responded […]

WTF? FCC v. Fox Television Stations

October 1, 2008 | Comments Off on WTF? FCC v. Fox Television Stations

On Friday night, a few of the nation’s leading law scholars argued whether fleeting expletives can be publicly broadcast without a fine. The moot court was scheduled as part of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law annual Supreme Court Preview. This year’s case, FCC v. Fox Television Stations, featured Tom Goldstein, one of the […]

Pastors for Politicians?

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Pastors for Politicians?

The Alliance Defense Fund is calling for Christian pastors to begin endorsing political candidates on September 28, 2008—which has been illegal since 1954. The issue stems from the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause potentially trumping the IRS tax code 26 U.S.C § 501(c)(3), which exempts religious organizations from income tax so long as those organizations […]

Apophasis

July 18, 2008 | Comments Off on Apophasis

With all of the chatter around the Supreme Court’s recent Heller, Boumediene, and Kennedy decisions, it has been easy to overlook some interesting cases making their way through other parts of the court system. For instance, Center for Bio-Ethical Reform v. Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, No. 05-55294, slip op. (9th Cir., July 2, 2008). […]

Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

April 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Telecom Spying– You Are Still Not Safe

You’re still not safe because there’s still no terrorism exception to the rule of law. That was the message from the Attorney General this week in his address to the Commonwealth Club of California. After his initial remarks (which were on the ongoing effort to fight public corruption) he solicited a question on the debate […]

Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

February 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Senate Immunizes Warrantless Wiretapping

Jim Webb, John Warner, and a supermajority of the Senate (68-29), just sold you out. The Senate just passed a bill which would excuse the telecommunications companies for violating the rights that same Senate conferred upon you. Make no mistake, there hasn’t been the slightest suggestion that what they did was legal. Rather, those supporting […]

Abercrombie & F#t@$

February 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Abercrombie & F#t@$

Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach has long held a special place in my heart. Whether attending friends’ birthday parties at Aladdin’s Castle Arcade, or hitting up PG-13 movies at the old upstairs theater, Lynnhaven Mall has always been a place that Hampton Roads natives like myself have congregated. Historically, Virginia Beach has been a city […]

Over the weekend, thousands of peaceful, anti-war protesters converged on Washington, D.C. in the exercise of their constitutional right to call their government to task. The media covered the event quite heavily, and what I recall most poignantly from standing in and amongst the crowd, which included Iraq war veterans, was a haunting, and often […]

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