Scalia and Thomas disagree about children and free speech
The Washington Post
Justice Clarence Thomas last week called upon “father of liberalism” John Locke, 18th-century philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Puritan tradition, and American icons Thomas Jefferson and Noah Webster to announce a constitutional finding that his colleagues considered startling:
The First Amendmentdoes not convey a free-speech right when minors are involved.
“The Framers could not possibly have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include an unqualified right to speak to minors,” Thomas wrote. “Specifically, I am sure that the founding generation would not have understood ‘the freedom of speech’ to include a right to speak to children without going through their parents.”
Thomas’s argument was the logical extension of his “originalist” position that the Constitution’s provisions be discerned by the most likely public understanding at the
time it was adopted.
Read the full story here: The Washington Post
It Gets Even Worse – NYTimes.com.
Published: July 3, 2011
If you thought the do-it-yourself anti-immigrant schemes couldn’t get any more repellent, you were wrong. New laws in Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina are following — and in some ways outdoing — Arizona’s attempt to engineer the mass expulsion of the undocumented, no matter the damage to the Constitution, public safety, local economies and immigrant families.
The laws vary in their details but share a common strategy: to make it impossible for people without papers to live without fear.
Read the full story here: New York Times
Ohio gun law: Gov. John Kaisch signs law allowing concealed weapons in bars.
New law also permits carrying firearms into malls and stadiums.
Posted Friday, Jul. 1, 2011, at 11:17 AM EDT
Because nothing goes better than guns and crowded places, Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Thursday that will allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms into bars and other places where alcohol is served.
Read the full story here: Slate Magazine
The First Amendment, Upside Down – NYTimes.com.
The Supreme Court decision striking down public matching funds in Arizona’s campaign finance system is a serious setback for American democracy. The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. in Monday’s 5-to-4 decision shows again the conservative majority’s contempt for campaign finance laws that aim to provide some balance to the unlimited amounts of money flooding the political system.
Read the full story here: New York Times
Supreme Court strikes Arizona’s ‘matching funds’ to publicly financed candidates – The Washington Post.
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of Arizona’s public campaign financelaw, the court’s latest decision that the right of political speech trumps government’s attempts to restrain the power of money in elections.The court rejected Arizona’s system of providing “matching funds” to candidates who face big-spending opponents or opposition groups. The system has been used in every statewide and legislative election since voters approved it in 1998, after a period in which the state told the court a “seamless interplay between fundraising and lawmaking cast a web of perceived corruption over the Arizona capitol.”
Read the full story here: Washington Post
Springtime Progress Report: Early this year, we learned that Utah was considering a bill to name a Browning pistol its official state firearm. Meanwhile in Washington, Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey was pushing for a bill that would make it more difficult to sell guns to people on the terror watch list. I am excited to report that one of these pieces of legislation finally has been passed into law.
Yes! Utah now has an official state gun. It beat out Arizona, which this week bestowed its honor on the Colt Single-Action Army pistol.
Lautenberg’s bill, meanwhile, has gone nowhere whatsoever. Read the full article here: Introducing the Things of Spring – NYTimes.com.
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Im Zuge der Presseberichte zum Massaker In Tucson/Arizona bin ich auf einen interessanten Artikel gestoßen. Nachdem Judy Clarke, die designierte Verteidigerin des Attentäters und eine überzeugte Gegnerin der Todesstrafe, in South Carolina eine Mörderin erfolgreich vor der Todesstrafe bewahrt hat, wurde in South Carolina ein Gesetz erlassen, dass Anwälte von außerhalb des Bundesstaates nicht mehr als Verteidiger in Mordverfahren zuließ!
“Mr. Bruck brought her in to work with him in defending Ms. Smith in the drowning case in the mid-1990s. Ms. Clarke’s approach often turns death-penalty defendants into confidants who must trust her with their lives. But it does not necessarily win friends outside of the courthouse.
After Ms. Clarke arrived from the West Coast to take on the Smith case, the South Carolina Legislature passed a law banning the future appointment of public defenders from out of state in capital cases.”
zitiert aus: New York Times, 10. Januar 2011
That’s what Jan Brewer’s [Arizona’s governor’s] performance on her first public debate was called by David Weigel of Slate Magazine.