Supreme Court Rules in Favor of TSA Whistleblower Robert MacLean

By: Monday February 9, 2015 9:00 am

Whistleblower laws exist because government officials do not always act in the nation’s best interests. The Obama administration, in its war on whistleblowers, just lost a major battle. Major in its venue — the Supreme Court — and major in its implications for future whistleblower cases. The Court’s decision in Department of Homeland Security v. [...]


Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

By: Wednesday June 25, 2014 6:52 pm

On June 6, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a ruling that will serve as important precedent for the ongoing federal legal battles over the Keystone XL and Flanagan South tar sands pipelines.

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

Marijuana Now Officially Legal in Colorado

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 6:40 am

Marijuana is now legal under Colorado law. On November 6th the people of Colorado voted overwhelmingly in support of Amendment 64, but initiative amendments don’t officially go into effect until the election results have been certified and the governor adds the amendment to the state’s constitution. On Monday Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed the executive order making it officially the law in Colorado.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Gregory Fried, Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror

By: Sunday October 17, 2010 1:59 pm

Father and son, Charles Fried (former solicitor general of the United States under Ronald Reagan, legal scholar at Harvard University and author of Modern Liberty) and Gregory Fried (chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University and author of Heidegger’s Polemos) have undertaken the daunting task of examining the limitations and excesses of modern day Presidential power to gather intelligence by torture and surveillance. In order to reach their ultimate conclusions as to the interplay of law, morality, civil community and political leadership, the Frieds review sources and thought from Aristotle to Machiavelli to the Bible, including principles from epieikeia to “dirty hands” to religious and secular precepts relating to human dignity. They have deliberately kept the conversation, “as wide as possible” in recognition that “ours is a nation founded in philosophy.”

Mortgage Modifications and You: Part 1

By: Sunday February 28, 2010 8:30 am

It’s most encouraging to find that judges appear to be disinclined to let lenders run roughshod over homeowners, and are finding new and creative solutions to allow homeowners to bargain with creditors to modify their loans.

Miranda Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

By: Saturday February 13, 2010 8:00 am

I am sick to death of listening to people who have no freakin’ clue what they are talking about, go on and on about how reading someone their Miranda warning means they won’t give you action-able intelligence.

Please shut up now.

The White House Needs to Butt Out – Leave It to DOJ and the Judicial Branch

By: Saturday January 30, 2010 4:00 pm

Anytime a criminal defendant wanted to change the venue of his trial, all he has to do is arrange for a credible threat to the neighborhood around the courthouse. Yeah, that’s really smart.

Restrictive Irish Blasphemy Law Goes into Effect Today

By: Friday January 1, 2010 12:30 pm

Where would humor be if you couldn’t tell the one about a priest, a rabbi and a witch walking into bar or watch an episode of South Park about a litigious, celebrity-filled space alien cult or their classic “All About Mormons“?

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz, The Guantánamo Lawyers

By: Saturday December 19, 2009 2:00 pm

They are:

big-firm partners and associates, sole practitioners, federal public defenders, lawyers for public-interest organizations, law professors, lawyers with extensive experience in criminal and civil rights litigation, lawyers with no prior experience in those fields, young lawyers, old lawyers, lawyers who are Democrats, lawyers who are Republicans and lawyers who are independents.

Lawyers for Alleged Embassy Bomber Ghailani Seek Dismissal for Lack of Speedy Trial; Introduce Torture Evidence

By: Wednesday December 2, 2009 1:45 pm

Ahmed Ghailani’s lawyers argue that, since he is being tried on an indictment that was pending through the entire period of his detention, he has been deprived of his right to a speedy trial.

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