Constitutional Law

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…




New Jersey Supreme Court Will Hear Inflatable-Rat Case

The New Jersey Supreme Court will be addressing free-speech issues in a case involving a giant inflatable rat, after an appeals court affirmed a township’s decision to fine a union representative $133 for displaying the rat at an event. New…


“American National” Sues All Nine Supreme Court Justices

Brave American citizen Jerry Brumbaugh struck a blow for freedom or something on Friday when he sued the nine current members of the United States Supreme Court for making rulings that have violated his constitutional rights.  Specifically, all of them…