Constitutional Law


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…




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…