Constitutional Law

McCain Ruled (Probably) Natural-Born U.S. Citizen

Another issue I was writing about last month was the continuing uncertainty over what it takes to be a "natural-born citizen," which is a constitutional limitation on who can serve as President.  Both campaigns have now survived at least one…


Americans Still Struggling With Pants

I'm back from Greece, without much to report in terms of legal developments there, at least during the last 2500 years or so.  Not that they didn't come up with some interesting stuff, like ostracizing unpopular politicians for ten years…



TRO Denied; Obama Can Still Run — For Now

The Obama campaign is probably breathing a sigh of relief now that the motion for temporary restraining order sought by Philip J. Berg, Esquire, has been denied.  Berg, who says he is a Democrat (and presumably a Clinton supporter), filed…



Lawn Boy Murdered

"I can do that [if I want to]," Keith Walendowski told police after he shot his lawn mower to death.  "It’s my lawn mower and my yard," he said, "so I can shoot it if I want."  The mower’s fatal…


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…