NYC HITS PEAK GENDER IDIOCY: Eugene Volokh reports that in NYC, the Human Rights Commission advises that you can be fined if you don’t refer to someone by the name and crackpot pronoun (“ze,” “hir”) that they prefer. Could you imagine being a business owner in NYC […]
Department of Justice: we’re going to use that Dear Colleague Title IX letter as a basis for prosecution, and colleges are going to need to crack down on speech if they want to stay in compliance [Eugene Volokh, Scott Greenfield, and...Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh notes the case of Bonesteel v. City of Seattle. Now you, learned reader, are doubtless wondering, “But what about California v. Greenwood, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that Fourth Amendment protections don’t generally apply to garbage?” And of course you’re right to so wonder; Greenwood concluded that....Ha ha. Show More Summary
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Eugene Volokh calls attention to the case of a 6th-grader who was punished — 5 lunch-hour detentions — for telling a fellow student "it’s not good to not eat meat" and that "he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have biggerShow More Summary
Eugene Volokh, Washington Post: [S]o far the primary calendar has been heavily tilted toward open primaries. But there have been four closed elections: the Iowa caucus, the Nevada caucus, and Super Tuesday's Oklahoma primary and Alaska caucus. Show More Summary
Eugene Volokh has some details:Ben-Levi is serving a life sentence for a 1980 rape; at some point, he changed his name to Israel Ben-Levi, and either converted to Judaism or rediscovered Judaism; he now wants to engage in group Torah study with two other inmates. Show More Summary
Unfounded prosecution of Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped [Austin American-Statesman, Eugene Volokh, earlier] Mens rea: “The American Civil Liberties Union has discovered yet another civil liberty it isn’t interested in defending” [Robby...Show More Summary
EUGENE VOLOKH: Ban under-25-year-olds from owning guns? Not so fast. Nowadays, I basically assume that every “gun safety” proposal is just a lying liar’s attempt at salami-slicing the basic right away. And I’m seldom, if ever, wrong...
Federal Circuit court of appeals says government can’t deny trademark as “disparaging” just because it frowns on its expressive content, implications are favorable for Washington Redskins in their legal case [Eugene Volokh, Paul Alan...Show More Summary
FREEDOM AND HYPOCRISY: A must-read post by Eugene Volokh.
And now there's a split in the circuits, because the 4th Circuit went the other way in the case about the Redskins, so it's likely the Supreme Court will take the case. Eugene Volokh spells out why he thinks the Federal Circuit got it right. Show More Summary
IN DOCS VS. GLOCKS, IT’S GLOCKS 1, DOCS 0. Eugene Volokh notes why this is a bad free speech decision, and he’s right. But it’s also a response to overreach by the medical community. And while I agree with Eugene’s analysis, I think that the battle for physician autonomy has been largely lost, and with […]
EUGENE VOLOKH: Banning Muslims from entering the U.S. is a very bad idea — but it may be constitutionally permissible.
Judge Posner cites a Cato amicus brief: Cook County sheriff can’t browbeat Visa and MasterCard into dropping business with sex ad site [Ilya Shapiro, Eugene Volokh] And Daniel Fisher speculates that Posner’s thoughts on how far law enforcers...Show More Summary
SENIOR CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROFESSOR EUGENE VOLOKH EXPLAINS THE PROBLEM WITH NO-FLY LISTS to former junior constitutional law professor Barack Obama.
A lawsuit filed in New York accuses Facebook of allowing its service to used by Palestinian groups “to incite violent attacks against Israeli citizens.” Eugene Volokh predicts the case “is going nowhere” given both the First Amendment and Section 230, “47 U.S.C. Show More Summary
Mizzou campus cops: if you witness “hateful and/or hurtful speech…call the police immediately” [Eugene Volokh, more (ACLU of Missouri says memo runs “counter to the First Amendment”); James Taranto; earlier on Missouri and Yale episodes]...Show More Summary
This event, including Eugene Volokh, took place at the 2015 Federalist Society national lawyers’ meeting. Watch the video. Here’s the description: If we accept the premise that government, and government power, is growing, then the stakes for elective office have … Continue reading ?
Recommended by Eugene Volokh, the National Constitution Center’s “Interactive Constitution“. Its description: On this site, constitutional experts interact with each other to explore the Constitution’s history and what it means today. Show More Summary