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'Two Moms' Is the Conservative Approach

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Take the seemingly simple question: Who is a child's mother? Then stir up that question with surrogates, egg and sperm donors, artificial insemination and same-gender couples, add the California Sup  

Right Court, Right Argument Can Make All the Difference

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Should a person be able to sue the police in a civil suit for money damages for failing to enforce a restraining order? The answer from the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions during the last week of its  

Is My Home a Developer's Castle?

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Developers support conservative politicians and favor conservative judges, right? So what happened in Kelo vs. City of New London, the June 23 U.S. Supreme Court case determining the constitutionali  

Without Irons

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2005
The recent Brian Nichols case put the spotlight on courthouse security. In March, he overpowered the diminutive female deputy sheriff bringing him to court in Atlanta as she was removing his handcuf  

Religion in Sentencing

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2005
"In God We Trust." "With God All Things Are Possible." "One Nation Under God." Posting the Ten Commandments in public buildings. Prayers at Commencement. Prayers before high school football games.   

Schiavo Case a Proud Moment for the Courts

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2005
"There is no liberty if the judiciary power be not separated from the legislative and the executive." -- Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws It's an Alice in Wonderland world. The Republicans are tras  

Is the Fourth Amendment Going to the Dogs?

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Most of us know that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures. Usually, cases turn on whether a particular search or seizure is reasonable.