Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Supreme Court

In a Surprise Move, DOJ Asks Judge to Dismiss All Charges Against NJ Senator Menendez

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 1, 2018:

The Justice Department, which just weeks earlier said it was planning on retrying New Jersey’s senior Senator Bob Menendez on corruption charges, asked a district court judge on Wednesday to “dismiss the … indictment[s]” against him, and hours later the judge complied. Menendez’s sigh of relief was palpable in his statement following the dismissal:

From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail. I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion.

“From the very beginning” Menendez’s political career has been plagued with charges of corruption, graft, illegal influence peddling, and lying. Just because the DOJ has decided not to press its case against him doesn’t mean he’s innocent, just lucky.

Following a hung jury in November, Menendez has been holding his breath, waiting for the date of his retrial to be announced this week. The dismissal caught many by surprise, including former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz:

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Efforts to Pass National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Focus on Senate

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, December 29, 2017:

Riding the momentum from passage of the National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry bill by the House on December 9, attention of the National Rifle Association (NRA) is now being directed to the Senate’s version, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 446.

The NRA’s arguments are simple:

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Trump Can’t Do Everything Himself, so He Nominated Neomi Rao to Help Him

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, December 18, 2017:  

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Who? Up until Thursday, few had ever heard of Neomi Rao. Looking into her background, fewer still would have predicted the role she is playing in helping President Donald Trump keep one of his most important campaign promises.

After graduating from Yale University with “highest distinction” in ethics, economics, and philosophy, she attended the University of Chicago Law School where she received her Juris Doctor degree. She was comment editor of the school’s law review and also executive editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

But she never drank from the cup of regulatory Kool-Aid. Instead she went on to clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and from there to serve as a staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2012, she received tenure from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School where she founded the Center for the Study of the Administrative State.

In other words, until Thursday, Rao was invisible.

But when Trump nominated her in April to his Office of Management and Budget with the mind-bending title of Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Jonathan Adler took notice.

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McConnell, Democrats Stalling Trump’s Conservative Judicial Nominees

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, November 13, 2017: 

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Senator Mitch McConnell

Not only have fewer than half of President Trump’s judicial nominees been confirmed by the Senate (the lowest number in the last four administrations), but cloture has been invoked an astonishing 51 times even to get those to the Senate floor for a vote. There were no cloture votes under Bush I and just six during the Clinton administration. Under Obama there were five over eight years.

Cloture was required because Senate Democrats were determined to stall the Republican efforts to fill vacancies with “original-intent” nominees: those who believe their job is to determine what the writers of the Constitution meant when it was being written. This differs from the view that the Constitution’s wording can be twisted to mean whatever a judge thinks it means, or ought to mean.

Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society and informal advisor to Trump, told CBN News that Trump’s opportunity to shape the law for the next several generations is huge:

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Mitch McConnell Deliberately Stalling Trump’s Judicial Confirmations

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 13, 2017:

It took a while, but, after six months, 133 conservative leaders saw what Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was up to, and they didn’t like it. He was joining with the Democrats, especially the odious liberal Democrat Senator from New York who is the Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, to keep the Trump revolution from happening. When the Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to take the place of deceased Justice Antonin Scalia in April, McConnell and Schumer realized what Trump was up to: he intended to transform American judiciary to “originalists” and it looked like he certainly had the opportunity. After all there were more than a hundred vacancies and many more elder judges getting close to retirement.

It was a fantastic opportunity. Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society and informal advisor to Trump, told CBN News that Trump’s opportunity to shape the law for the next several generations is huge:

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Pro-gun Victory: D.C. Decides Not to Appeal Concealed Carry Ruling to Supreme Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, October 5, 2017:

Effective Thursday, residents of the nation’s capital seeking a concealed carry permit won’t have to show a “good or proper reason” to obtain it. That’s because anti-gun politicians on Washington, D.C.’s council think it’s too risky for them to take their case to the Supreme Court, considering the current political climate there. If they appeal the ruling handed down in July and the Supremes sustain it, it would likely apply not only to their district, but also to other states that have imposed similar restrictions on their citizens.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine noted the risks of an appeal going against it:

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Washington, D.C. Loses Again in Its Long War Against the Second Amendment

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, October 2, 2017:

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Parker v. D.C. attorneys Bob Levy (left) and Alan Gura (right).

Alan Gura, the Second Amendment Foundation’s lead attorney in Heller and McDonald, has been taking the fight over gun rights to anti-gun politicians infesting Washington, D.C.’s council for years. With any luck at all, he’ll get a chance to take it to them again. When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia turned down the city’s request for a full court rehearing of its decision striking down its concealed carry laws last week, Gura rubbed it in:

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Alabama Judge Roy Moore IS a Radical

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, September 13, 2017:

In his attack on former Alabama Judge Roy Moore (shown below), Matthew Sheffield, writing in the left-liberal Salon magazine, actually got it right: former Alabama Judge Roy Moore is a radical. Wrote Sheffield:

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Judge Roy Moore Gaining Momentum Going into Alabama Senate Runoff

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, September 12, 2017:

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Kentucky Republican Representative Thomas Massie is just the latest in an increasingly large number of supporters of Roy Moore, giving him his strong endorsement on Tuesday. Said Massie, “Roy Moore has more political spine than anyone I know,” adding:

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Persistence is Paying Off in Gun Shop’s Fight with Chicago

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 1, 2017:

The Miniature Bull Terrier Club of America (MBTCA)’s website suggests that owners looking for a dog that is compliant and easily trained “would probably be better off with a [different] breed.” The average MBT is “persistent,” “stubborn,” “independent,” “doesn’t listen,” “bold and confident,” and “foolish to the point of self-destruction.”

Enter Alan Gottlieb, the founder and Executive Vice President of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). On the surface Gottlieb is presentable as a normal, well-behaved, articulate defender of the Second Amendment. His organization that began in 1974 now has more than 650,000 members, of which this writer is one. But put him into the same ring as Mayor Richard Daley or Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, and he becomes an MBT.

One of many examples surfaced on Wednesday when

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Federal Judge Refuses Chicago’s Request to Dismiss Long-running Gun Shop Suit Against it

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 31, 2017:  

In a long-running lawsuit that should be testing the limits of the patience of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), U.S. District Court Judge Robert Dow on Wednesday denied the city’s latest request to dismiss the case, and set September 28 as the next date to discuss the amount of damages Chicago owes to the long-suffering plaintiff.

A measure of the intransigence of mayors of Chicago Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel is

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Washington, D.C. Asks Full Appeals Court to Review a Pro-gun Ruling

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 28, 2017:

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The Supreme Court of the United States. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s Attorney General Karl Racine filed a petition on Thursday with the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia, asking the court to rehear a decision that a three-judge panel of that court issued in July. That decision, 2-1, issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the district from enforcing its “good reason” requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit.

At issue is the requirement that citizens applying for a permit have a “good reason” for it that goes beyond just wanting a firearm for self-defense. It even obviates claims that a permit is needed because someone lives in a dangerous neighborhood.

Writing for the majority in that panel’s decision, Judge Thomas Griffith said:

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Supreme Court Urged to Overturn Maryland’s “Assault Weapons” Ban

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 23, 2017:

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Antonin Scalia, former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the Cato Institute, along with the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Independence Institute, filed a “friend of the court” brief on Monday urging the Supreme Court to take under review a lower court’s decision upholding Maryland’s nearly total ban on so-called assault weapons.

Prior to passage of the Firearms Safety Act (FSA) in 2013, Maryland’s gun controls were bad enough: The law permitted those citizens “in good standing” to possess semi-automatic rifles, but only after passing an extensive (and costly) background check along with meeting various other requirements. Starting October 1, 2013, those controls became positively onerous: Any firearm designated as an “assault weapon” was banned from private possession altogether. The law included “assault long rifles,” “assault pistols,” and “copycat weapons.” That automatically included the semi-automatic (one squeeze of the trigger fires a single round) rifles that are most popular among Americans, including Marylanders, including the AR-15 and AK-47 models and knockoffs.

The new law allowed exceptions for “active law enforcement officers.”

Stephen Kolbe, a life-long resident of Maryland living in Towson, owned a “full-size semi-automatic handgun” but wanted, for self-protection purposes, to purchase one of those now-banned semi-automatic rifles. Under the new law he couldn’t, and so he, with the help of the SAF, filed suit claiming Maryland’s new law violated his Second Amendment-protected rights. He also claimed that by giving LEOs an exception, the law also violated his rights under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

His suit was rebuffed, and he kept appealing until

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Maduro’s Revolution Is Eating Its Own

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 7, 2017:  

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Nicolas Maduro, the communist thug who now rules Venezuela

Following the typical historical pattern of socialist takeovers, the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (NCA) replaced the duly elected National Assembly on Friday, opening the ceremony with a speech from a Cuban communist guerrilla, followed by a speech reflecting a total disconnect from reality, and ending with giving the boot to a former Chavista who has in recent months become an embarrassment.

Reiterating the theme that the United States, and especially President Donald Trump, is responsible for Venezuela’s troubles, Fernando Soto Rojas, a Cuban-trained guerilla, opened the meeting of the NCA, shouting, “Yankee imperialism has not been able to stop the march of the people!”

The NCA then appointed Maduro’s foreign minister Delcy Rodriguez as head of the new body. Her total disconnect from reality was exposed by her claim that

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Maduro’s Socialist Revolution in Venezuela is Now Complete

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 7, 2017: 

Now that protesters have left the scene and Maduro has removed the primary thorn in his side, the socialist revolution begun by Marxist Hugo Chavez two decades ago now appears to be complete.

Before the new illegally elected National Constituent Assembly (NCA) took over on Friday, Maduro’s Prosecutor General, Luisa Ortega Diaz (shown), had become a thorn in his side. A hard-core Chavista, Diaz was appointed in 2007 and helped Hugo Chavez cement his position in place as Venezuela’s Marxist dictator. When her term ran out in 2014 she was appointed for another six-year term.

Things went sideways earlier this year when Maduro declared that

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Why Can’t ObamaCare be Repealed?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 31, 2017:

For more than six years Republicans have promised that, given the chance, they would repeal the odious, expensive, and unconstitutional healthcare takeover called ObamaCare. Seven times they have voted to repeal it, knowing that then-President Obama, its primary promulgator and author, would veto it.

But voters believed them and when Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November, it was going to be a shoo-in: full and total repeal at the top of the list. At least that’s what Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Alabama, thought. So he prepared a bill: simple, straightforward, two sentences long:

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U.S. Pulls Families from Caracas; Airlines End Flights Before Sunday’s Crucial Vote

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, July 28, 2017: 

The Coat of arms of Venezuela

The Coat of arms of Venezuela

In its foreign travel advisory issued Thursday, the U.S. State Department warned American visitors against traveling to Venezuela and ordered family members of U.S. government employees at its embassy in Caracas to leave the country. It also offered assistance for those employees wanting to leave before the country’s crucial and controversial election on Sunday. The order and warnings were due to “social unrest, violent crime and pervasive food and medicine shortages” in the country.

Sunday’s vote could be crucial for the direction of the country run by Marxist Nicolas Maduro. Already rumors of vote fraud are suggesting that

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Trump, Sessions Increase Pressure on Sanctuary Cities

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, July 26, 2017:

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U.S. Sanctuary Cities Map: cities that have adopted “sanctuary” ordinances

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions upped the ante on sanctuary cities on Tuesday by declaring that any state not complying with requests concerning illegal immigrants held in local jails will lose federal grant money. He stated:

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Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Third Attempt by D.C. to Restrict Gun Ownership

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 25, 2017:

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The flag of Washington. D.C.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday 2-1 that the district’s third attempt to keep guns out of the hands of its citizens is unconstitutional. The matter has been festering since the Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller that individuals have a right to possess a firearm. But that ruling left open the issue of whether that right extends beyond the individual’s home.

The District of Columbia has for 40 years fought to keep guns out of the hands of private citizens, claiming that the city was

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Supreme Court Grants Trump Partial Victory in Ongoing Travel ban Controversy

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 20, 2017:  

U.S. Supreme Court building.

The terse two-paragraph Supreme Court order issued Wednesday was self-explanatory: President Donald Trump’s effort to ban immigrants from six countries was upheld, with modifications. As the first paragraph stated:

The Government’s motion seeking clarification of our order of June 26, 2017, is denied. The District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance is stayed pending resolution of the Government’s appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

President Trump’s first ban, issued in January, resulted in chaos at the nation’s airports until it was blocked by the courts. The administration reissued the ban in March but that one was also blocked by the courts. In June the Supreme Court overruled lower courts’ decisions and allowed Trump’s ban to proceed, adding the proviso that his ban wouldn’t apply to people who have “a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

An Obama-appointed judge in Hawaii thought that the administration’s reading that that “bona fide relationship” only included spouses, children, parents, fiancés and fiancées was far too restrictive:

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