1A: Supreme Court OK’s political messages on clothing at polling places; case based on ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ T-shirt
10A, Executive Power: Trump admin asks Supreme Court to strike down 7th Circuit’s national injunction against enforcing new conditions on federal grant funding for sanctuary cities
14A: Supreme Court punts on partisan gerrymandering cases in Wisconsin and Maryland; still no standards to know when gerrymandering goes too far
14A: federal judge knocks down Kansas law requiring proof of citizenship to vote; appeal to be filed.
1A: U of Washington to pay College Republicans $127,000 to settle denial of free speech case.
8A: Supreme Court to hear Excessive Fines case
1A: federal judge nixes private enforcement of Colorado’s campaign finance laws; had become “tool for corruption and speech suppression”
1A: Missouri’s 30-day formation deadline for campaign committees is unconstitutionally overbroad, federal appeals court rules
1A: Supreme Court green lights citizen’s suit against city council for arresting him in retaliation for his opposition to a development plan, but sets high bar of proof
1A: white nationalist’s suit against Twitter for suspending account survives motion to dismiss; issue whether social media are ‘public forums’ will not be fully resolved any time soon
1A: it took 30 years, but Teamsters finally pay couple $3,000 in forced union dues case
1A Freedom of Religion: Florida Court of Appeals rules Catholic priest cannot be compelled to testify about what a penitent said in confession even though the penitent waives confidentiality
Freedom of Religion: “Canada’s Top Court Rules Christian College Can’t Promote Biblical View of Sexual Behavior on Campus” #FascistsToTheNorthOfUs
2A: Illinois Court guts ban on guns within 1,000 feet of schools, but more tailored bans may be possible
2A: Temporary injunction issued against Illinois town’s assault weapons ban that imposed $1,000/day fines on weapons not turned in; ban “puts the lie to claims by anti-gunners that ‘nobody is coming to take your guns.'"
2A: man arrested, charged with a dozen felonies after trying to comply with California’s complicated registration law redefining assault weapons
4A: police cannot rely on Google Translate to get consent to search from someone who doesn’t speak English, Kansas court rules
4A: coaxing a suspect out of his house does not relieve police of duty to get a warrant to search the house, per federal appeals court
8A Cruel and Unusual Punishment: state law defining intellectually disabled with obsolete IQ standard for purposes of the death penalty is unconstitutional, Kentucky Supreme Court rules
Penumbras and Emanations: Illinois county, after aspiring to become a gun rights sanctuary, might also become abortion-free sanctuary
Nullification: New York to cut arrests for smoking marijuana in public in half despite drug still being a federally controlled substance.
14A: the ugliness of affirmative action – Harvard is suppressing Asian-American admissions and NYC will destroy its best public schools that have produced Nobel prize winners
14A Due Process / Commerce Clause: North Carolina court holds income taxation of out-of-state trust unconstitutional
Amendments: Can there be ‘unconstitutional’ constitutional amendments? E.g., an amendment to overturn Citizens United even though it would offend free speech principles.
Magna Carta 800 years old – it may only have benefitted nobles and not have declared natural rights for all like the Declaration of Independence, but it still represents an important development in the history of liberty
A socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance to help immigrants become assimilated
Only you can prevent constitutional decay – “democratic self-government should not be taken for granted. Our experiment in liberal constitutionalism is just that — an experiment that can fail if not properly sustained.”
‘Juneteenth’ – slaves in Texas didn’t learn they were free until 2 months after the Civil War ended
“Hawaiian judge orders released US detainees back to N.Korea” (satire)
Kudos: President Trump hugs U.S. flag after speech. Can you imagine Barack Obama doing that? I can’t.
Shame! NY legislator whose ‘heroes are America’s enemies’ takes knee to protest resolution honoring Flag Day. You don’t have to cash that paycheck, you know.