CIVIL RIGHTS

Dreamkillers

Some have wondered if Lobby Day would be canceled or changed due to the events at the US Capitol back on January 6. The answer is no. Lobby Day is on track for this Monday, January 18. Lobby Day in… Read More ›

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BLACK DEFENDANT + PORTRAITS OF WHITE JUDGES = UNFAIR TRIAL First Louisa, now Fairfax. As reported by VoxFairfax on September 21, 2020 (The Shot Heard Round the Old Dominion, https://wp.me/p9wDCF-1Mf), a Louisa County circuit judge ruled on a motion by attorneys… Read More ›

I Hear Ya Knockin’

This month, Virginia became one of three states to ban “no knock” warrants. Thirteen states have legislated in favor of this police power while the remainder deem such searches permissible with court approval. The procedure has had a troubled history,… Read More ›

We All Live in a Crowded Submarine

In March 1919 (Schenck v. US), Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes penned the oft-quoted phrase certifying that “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic” was speech that Congress could prohibit and prosecute offenders. The defendant Schenck… Read More ›

Religion and the Courts

On, Monday, November 26, 2020, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that limitations ordered by New York State upon religious gatherings in places of worship as protective measures against the COVIS-19 virus are unconstitutional. The ruling was… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX JUDGE RULES CASH BOND UNCONSTITUTIONAL A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge has found that keeping an indigent defendant in jail in lieu of a cash bond is unconstitutional, writing that it violates the Constitution’s Due Process Clause by forcing… Read More ›