Constitutional Law

City of Flint, Michigan, Joins Crusade Against Saggy Pants

Claiming that he was acting on a "significant" number of citizen complaints, the police chief for Flint, Michigan, said on June 25 that he had directed officers to start arresting people seen wearing pants and/or shorts that sag "too low."…


Use of F-Bomb Before Supreme Court Discussed

In a June 5 post, Marty Lederman of SCOTUSblog discussed the FCC v. Fox Television case, which involves "whether fleeting expletives are so inherently shocking as to justify a virtual ban on their broadcast between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m." …


Fourth Circuit Reinstates Dirty-Dancing Lawsuit (Again)

On April 30, the 4th Circuit reinstated a seven-year-old lawsuit against the city of Marshall, North Carolina, by a woman who was banned from the town dance hall for allegedly dancing in a "sexually provocative manner."  The court ruled that…



UPDATE: Fired Butt Artist Settles Wrongful-Termination Lawsuit

I have just learned that, last month, the parties reached a settlement in Stan Murmer’s wrongful-termination lawsuit against his former employer.  As you may recall from prior reports on his firing and on the denial of the school district’s motion…


Butt Artist’s Case Against Former Employer Will Proceed

“Butt Artist Trial is Set” was the actual headline of the article at the link below, which informs us that a motion to dismiss Stan Murmer’s lawsuit against his former employer was denied on February 15.  Murmer, you may recall,…


UPDATE: Monkey Denied Person Status

As I reported last October, an Austrian court refused to grant Matthew H. Pan legal standing on the grounds that he is a chimpanzee, and it appears that the Supreme Court of Austria has now affirmed that decision. An animal-rights…


Missouri City Council to Consider Ban on Swearing, Bar Dancing

Saying that legislation is necessary because the historic downtown area "gets a little too lively on some nights," City Councilman Richard Veit of St. Charles, Missouri (a St. Louis suburb) has proposed a measure that would ban swearing and other…



ACLU May Defend Toilet-Insulter

Dawn Herb was cited last week for disorderly conduct after a neighbor heard her shouting profanities.  Although Dawn (who I’m going to call "Dawn" because calling Dawn "Herb" seems weird) was inside her own home at the time, she admitted…