SCOTUS Misses a Chance To Protect Peaceful Protesters
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by Jacob Sullum
31m ago
In his last protest march, Martin Luther King Jr. led a parade of demonstrators down Beale Street in Memphis, lending his support to striking sanitation workers. After a few young black men started breaking storefront windows, the indiscriminate police response killed one suspected looter and injured dozens of protesters. Under a legal theory blessed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, King could have been held liable for the unanticipated harm that ensued from that March 1968 protest, even though he neither directed nor advocated vandalism or violence. On Monday, the U.S. Supre ..read more
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Justice Kavanaugh Rejects The Substantive "Veterans Benefits" Canon
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by Josh Blackman
31m ago
On Tuesday, the Court decided Rudisill v. McDonough. This case involved a retired Army officer who was trying to use educational benefits under two different programs. The statutory interpretation question is rather complicated. The Court split 7-2. Justice Jackson wrote the majority opinion, holding that the servicemember could use benefits from either program, in any order. Justice Thomas dissented, joined by Justice Alito, finding that the servicemember certain benefits in this case. This is a case where Justices Thomas and Alito clearly voted against their interest. The Court's two most co ..read more
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Center for Individual Rights Looking for Individual Rights Litigator
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by Eugene Volokh
2h ago
I've long followed and much admired CIR's work; Rosenberger v. Rector (free speech) and U.S. v. Morrison (federalism) are two prominent examples over the years, but you can see some of their other cases here. (I'm also one of their occasional academic advisors.) They're hiring, and I thought I'd pass along the details: The Individual Rights Litigator with three or more years of active trial and appellate litigation experience (including any judicial clerkships) will channel his or her passion for advancing individual liberty, deep knowledge of constitutional law, and entrepreneurial skills to ..read more
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"Trump Didn't Violate Logan Act with Reshare of Old Iran Social Media Post, Experts Say"
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by Eugene Volokh
4h ago
PolitiFact (Jeff Cercone) has the story; I am one of the experts. An excerpt about the facts: After Iran launched a barrage of missiles at Israel on April 13 in its first direct military assault on the country, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., told his X followers why he thought former President Donald Trump should be reelected. "This is the strength we need back in the White House!" Scott wrote April 13, sharing a July 22, 2018, tweet in which Trump threatened Iran's president. Trump later that day shared a screenshot of Scott's post on Truth Social , without further comment. Tru ..read more
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The Best of Reason: Anti-Chinese Xenophobia Fueled America's First Drug War
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by Jacob Sullum
7h ago
This week's featured article is "Anti-Chinese Xenophobia Fueled America's First Drug War" by Jacob Sullum. This audio was generated using AI trained on the voice of Katherine Mangu-Ward. Music credits: "Deep in Thought" by CTRL and "Sunsettling" by Man with Roses The post <I>The Best of Reason</I>: Anti-Chinese Xenophobia Fueled America's First Drug War appeared first on Reason.com ..read more
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Most Justices Seem Skeptical of Charging Capitol Rioters With Obstructing an Official Proceeding
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by Jacob Sullum
7h ago
About 350 Donald Trump supporters who participated in the 2021 Capitol riot that interrupted congressional certification of Joe Biden's election victory have been charged with obstructing an "official proceeding." So has Trump himself: The August 2023 federal indictment that accuses him of illegally interfering in the 2020 presidential election says he obstructed or attempted to obstruct an official proceeding and conspired with others to do so. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether such charges are legally valid in this context, and most justices seemed inclined to think they ..read more
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Brussels Mayor Attempts To Shut Down National Conservatism Conference by Force
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by Stephanie Slade
7h ago
This is not how leaders of a free society behave. At 7:29 Eastern time this morning, the @NatConTalk account on the website formerly known as Twitter reported that police in Brussels, Belgium, had arrived at the site of the second Brussels-based National Conservatism Conference "with an order to shut NatCon down for creating a public disturbance." An English translation of the order shared by a lawyer cites the fact that participants are from the "conservative and religious right" and that they express a "'Eurosceptic' attitude" as reasons for prohibiting the two-day event. The document ..read more
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Massie's Move To Fire Speaker Mike Johnson Is About More Than Ukraine Spending
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by Eric Boehm
7h ago
The clock might be ticking on Speaker of the House Mike Johnson's (R–La.) tenure. Rep. Thomas Massie (R–Ky.) announced Tuesday that he would support Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's (R–Ga.) attempt to unseat Johnson, meaning that her motion to vacate the speakership could move to the House floor at any time in the coming days. In a post on X, Massie advised Johnson to announce his resignation in order to avoid a messy battle over picking a replacement—like the one that left the House in limbo for weeks last year after Kevin McCarthy was fired from the top job. In a subsequent post, Massie clarif ..read more
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Supreme Court Issues Narrow Takings Clause Ruling in DeVillier v. Texas
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by Ilya Somin
8h ago
(NA) In DeVillier v. Texas, the Supreme Court issued a narrow ruling in an important Takings Clause case. Richard DeVillier and other property owners whose land was damaged by flooding caused by actions of state agencies will be able to proceed under a Texas state law cause  of action. But the Court did not resolve the issue of whether the Takings Clause is "self-executing"—allowing property owners whose land has been taken to bring cases in federal court even in the absence of a specific federal statute authorizing it. The Supreme Court decision does, however, overturn the extremely dub ..read more
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Congratulations to Sam Bray, Whose National Injunction Article Was Cited Three Times by Justices Today
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by Eugene Volokh
8h ago
That happened in yesterday's opinions respecting the stay in Labrador v. Poe, twice in Justice Gorsuch's concurrence (joined by Justices Thomas and Alito), and once in Justice Jackson's dissent (joined by Justice Sotomayor). Nice! For Sam's substantive analysis of Labrador, see this post. The post Congratulations to Sam Bray, Whose National Injunction Article Was Cited Three Times by Justices Today appeared first on Reason.com ..read more
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