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Why do politicians and judges get paid during a government shutdown?

January 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

One of the biggest questions during a federal government shutdown is, “who gets paid?” Due to the Constitution, the people directly in charge of the government would still keep getting pay checks while most other government workers won’t.

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Supreme Court mulls taking frog-protection case

January 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court will consider in private conference the case of unwanted government protection for prodigal endangered frogs from Mississippi that could return to Louisiana.

Daniel Webster’s unique Supreme Court legacy

January 18, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Daniel Webster was one of the seminal figures of 19th century America as an orator and politician. Perhaps less known is Webster’s influence on the Supreme Court, and especially the Marshall Court.

Can a lawyer admit guilt in a murder case over a client’s objections?

January 16, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

In Supreme Court arguments on Wednesday, the nine Justices will tackle a Sixth Amendment question about the proper role of attorneys in capital murder cases when a lawyer admits guilt over his client’s objections.

Twitter plays role in judge’s temporary hold on Trump DACA decision

January 10, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Late Tuesday night, a federal judge in California temporarily stopped actions by the Trump administration to end parts of DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, partly based on the meaning of President Trump's Twitter messages.

What if another Roosevelt were on the 1920 presidential ballot?

January 6, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On January 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 60. Overlooked now is that fact that the former President was expected to run again for a third term the following year.

Federal marijuana policy change raises significant questions

January 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Justice Department rescinded an Obama-era memo on Thursday that deprioritized federal marijuana prosecutions in states that have legalized the drug. The move escalates some compelling legal and policy questions about an issue with constitutional implications.

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Dr. Seuss in the land of Fair Use lawsuits

January 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

What is the difference between a parody and a satire? Two recent court cases involving the estate of Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss illustrate a complex answer to that simple question.

Remembering the Supreme Court’s first dissenter

December 27, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On December 27, 1771, future Supreme Court Justice William Johnson, Jr., was born in South Carolina. Johnson has attracted a following among Court watchers over the years for his little-understood role as the first prominent dissenter in Supreme Court history.

States take egg fight with California to the Supreme Court

December 13, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A group of 13 states wants the Supreme Court to directly take its complaints about new California egg laws that have blocked the sale of out-of-state eggs there that don’t meet certain cage conditions.

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