After Black Lives Matter protests, police lethal force decreases: Study

Places where Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests occurred from 2014 to 2019 experienced a decrease in lethal use of force by police but an overall increase in murders, according to an upcoming soon-to-be peer-reviewed academic study. The study from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst may bolster the so-called Ferguson Effect hypothesis, which holds that police officers are reluctant to do their jobs and follow proper police procedure when dealing with blacks because they fear their actions will be characterized as examples of race-driven police brutality. Ferguson, Missouri, was the site of prolonged violent protests in 2014 after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, … Continue reading After Black Lives Matter protests, police lethal force decreases: Study

Woke Kindergarten: Anti-American brainwashing starts early

The Left’s unceasing efforts to turn the young against America will be supercharged with your tax dollars if a radical new plan devoting $6 billion to leftist educational indoctrination becomes law. The proposed “Civics Secures Democracy Act,” introduced in Congress last month would authorize $1 billion per year in federal grants over six years for K–12 curriculum development, teacher training, and research on the teaching of history and civics. It would also subsidize left-wing political agitation for course credit. “These Alinskyite proposals seek to normalize in children radical leftist political activism disguised as public service,” said Pete Hutchison, president of Landmark Legal … Continue reading Woke Kindergarten: Anti-American brainwashing starts early

State employee brings RICO suit against public sector union

An Oregon state government employee is suing a labor union under racketeering laws over its refusal to grant her request to opt out of paying dues, claiming the union engaged in a pattern of fraudulent activity that victimized her and other union members. Staci Trees of Bend, Oregon, who works for the Oregon Department of Transportation, was required to either sign a union membership card or pay an agency fee to Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 503 when she was first hired in 2009. But in June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME, disrupting how public-sector unions finance their … Continue reading State employee brings RICO suit against public sector union

Supreme Court asks Biden administration to weigh in on Waterfront Commission dispute

The Supreme Court directed the Biden administration to share its views on whether New Jersey should be allowed to withdraw from a powerful bistate commission that monitors corruption at the storied Port of New York and New Jersey, a signal that it may soon decide to hear the commission’s appeal from a lower court. The case is Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor v. Murphy, court file 20-772. The commission won at trial, foiling, at least temporarily, New Jersey’s move to exit from the commission, but that decision was reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. The Waterfront Commission is “a … Continue reading Supreme Court asks Biden administration to weigh in on Waterfront Commission dispute

Supreme Court refuses to take up religious accommodation appeal

The Supreme Court refused to take up an appeal that could have resulted in a different standard for when employers must accommodate the religious beliefs of employees, but two justices objected to the decision in a strongly worded dissent. The case is Small v. Memphis Light, Gas and Water, court file 19-1388. The Supreme Court denied Small’s petition for certiorari, or review, in an unsigned order April 5 without explaining why, as is its custom when refusing to hear cases. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote an opinion dissenting from the denial of certiorari, which Justice Samuel Alito joined. Federal law requires companies to accommodate employees’ religious … Continue reading Supreme Court refuses to take up religious accommodation appeal

Supreme Court rules Google didn’t violate copyright law when it used Oracle code for Android

Google didn’t infringe Oracle’s copyright when it used that company’s programming code in the Android cellphone operating system, the Supreme Court ruled April 5 in overturning a lower court ruling that favored Oracle. Android is the most popular cellphone operating system in the world. Oracle had been seeking $9 billion in damages in the decade-old litigation between the tech companies that could have changed the rules of the road for the software industry. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the 6–2 decision for the high court in Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc., court file 18-956. The case came to the court on appeal from the U.S. … Continue reading Supreme Court rules Google didn’t violate copyright law when it used Oracle code for Android

Texas no longer observing CDC eviction moratorium

The Texas Supreme Court has directed courts in the state to stop honoring the federal moratorium on residential evictions that a federal judge in the state already struck down in late February as unconstitutional. The Texas Supreme Court’s 34th emergency order that applied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) moratorium on evictions expired March 31 and hasn’t been renewed, which means new and paused eviction applications may now move forward. The Texas Justice Court Training Center, which is responsible for training eviction court judges, is now encouraging judges to set new hearings for old cases that were put on hold by the … Continue reading Texas no longer observing CDC eviction moratorium

Vaccination passports: the cornerstone of a totalitarian state ushering China’s social credit system into America

Vaccination passports, like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris want everyone to be forced to carry, are profoundly un-American. This data-driven authoritarianism, if it comes to pass, will wash away what remains of the rule of law and the Constitution, and annihilate the American way of life. First, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) inflicted their possibly lab-designed Wuhan Virus on America, and now we get their Social Credit System, their totalitarian digital architecture for society as well. America’s placeholder president, the Communist Chinese ventriloquist’s dummy who fantasizes about becoming the new Franklin Delano Roosevelt, wants these vaccination passports badly. POTUS 46* … Continue reading Vaccination passports: the cornerstone of a totalitarian state ushering China’s social credit system into America

Unwanted Facebook messages don’t justify anti-robocall class-action lawsuit, Supreme Court rules

A proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Facebook of violating a federal anti-robocall law may not go forward because the social media company’s unwanted text messages aren’t covered under federal law, the Supreme Court ruled April 1. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the unanimous decision for the high court in Facebook Inc. v. Duguid, court file 19-511. Justice Samuel Alito filed a separate opinion concurring in the judgment. The case, heard telephonically on Dec. 8, 2020, concerns a federal law that imposes penalties of up to $1,500 for each unwanted call or text. The prohibition on such calls applies to dialing systems that can “store or produce telephone … Continue reading Unwanted Facebook messages don’t justify anti-robocall class-action lawsuit, Supreme Court rules

Supreme Court unsympathetic to NCAA arguments justifying not paying student-athletes

Before a skeptical Supreme Court on March 31, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) defended its rules that preclude paying student-athletes. The Biden administration sided with the student-athletes during telephonic oral arguments that ran 94 minutes instead of the allotted 60. The case is actually two cases heard together: National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston, court file 20-512, and American Athletic Conference (AAC) v. Alston, court file 20-520. Former football player Shawne Alston, one of a group of football and basketball athletes challenging the NCAA, was a running back for the West Virginia University Mountaineers from 2009 to 2012. For years, college football has … Continue reading Supreme Court unsympathetic to NCAA arguments justifying not paying student-athletes

Civics bill would devote $6 billion to woke education, critics say

News Analysis A radical piece of legislation that sponsors say will “supercharge civics education” by devoting $6 billion to the left’s pet projects will, according to critic Stanley Kurtz, actually “supercharge” the “culture war by injecting it into the heart of federal education policy.” The Biden administration is firmly behind this effort to further entrench what critics say is an ahistorical, politically slanted interpretation of American history and civics into the nation’s classrooms, where, in many cases, the writings of communist scholar Howard Zinn, along with dubious revisionist material provided by the 1619 Project and the Southern Poverty Law Center, … Continue reading Civics bill would devote $6 billion to woke education, critics say

Supreme Court asked to reject $40 million verdict against TransUnion

A $40 million class-action verdict against a national credit reporting company for falsely reporting that plaintiffs’ names appeared on a government list of individuals prohibited from conducting business in the United States should be thrown out, the Supreme Court heard March 30. The case is TransUnion LLC v. Ramirez, court file 20-297. Sixty minutes were allotted for the telephonic oral arguments, but they ran 90 minutes. Business-related and conservative groups hope the Supreme Court scales back federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which allows consumers to recover damages without demonstrating they suffered actual harm. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, … Continue reading Supreme Court asked to reject $40 million verdict against TransUnion

Supreme Court takes up Kentucky abortion case, with 6–3 conservative majority

The Supreme Court decided March 29 to take up an abortion case from Kentucky, its first since Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the court gave its conservative wing a 6–3 majority. The case is Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, court file 20-601. EMW Women’s Surgical Center, in Louisville, is Kentucky’s only licensed abortion clinic. The case revolves around Kentucky’s 2018 ban on dilation and evacuation (D&E) abortions on unborn, living children. “I promised Kentuckians that I would defend our laws all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and that’s what we’ve done,” Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, said … Continue reading Supreme Court takes up Kentucky abortion case, with 6–3 conservative majority

14 States ask Supreme Court to let them defend immigrant self-sufficiency rule

Texas and 13 other states have filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court asking to be allowed to defend the so-called public charge rule in court proceedings after the Biden administration decided not to defend it in court. The public charge rule, which requires prospective immigrants to be able to support themselves financially, has been very heavily litigated in federal courts. The Supreme Court stayed a lower court’s injunction against the rule in January 2020, allowing it to be enforced, pending disposition of the government’s appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Over vigorous left-wing opposition, the Trump administration … Continue reading 14 States ask Supreme Court to let them defend immigrant self-sufficiency rule

Illegals for Biden: A voter drive masquerades as a border incursion

Never was the saying that Democrats import the electorate they prefer more obviously true than in recent days as Biden campaign flag-waving future Democrat voters overwhelmed the nation’s southern border at the invitation of the Biden-Harris regime. Having ceded whites and blue-collar voters to Republicans, Democrats and their placeholder president who can barely climb the stairs to Air Force One, are mobilizing armies of illegal aliens from Latin America. They do this as a failsafe in case their signature legislation, H.R. 1, the proposed “For the People Act,” which would gut the First Amendment and turn America into a one-party … Continue reading Illegals for Biden: A voter drive masquerades as a border incursion

Biden administration tells Supreme Court police can seize guns in homes without a warrant to prevent suicide

The Supreme Court seemed skeptical of government arguments that the “community caretaking” exception to the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement should be expanded to allow police to seize guns without a warrant in a person’s home. The case comes as President Joe Biden … Continue reading Biden administration tells Supreme Court police can seize guns in homes without a warrant to prevent suicide

New project presses for pro-American educational reforms

A new project called The Civics Alliance aspires to unite Americans in the effort to promote authentic civics education that teaches the United States’ founding principles and documents, key events of American history, the structure of our self-governing federal republic, and the spirit of liberty and tolerance. The National Association of Scholars-sponsored project comes after President Joe Biden rescinded President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the Marxist-invented critical race theory in federal training, and disbanded Trump’s 1776 Commission that sought to move American education away from a radical curriculum that unduly emphasized race-related injustices of the past. NAS describes itself as “a … Continue reading New project presses for pro-American educational reforms

Farmers ask Supreme Court to strike down California rule allowing aggressive labor organizing

A California law that gives labor organizers permission to trespass on private property and disrupt business operations 120 days a year to recruit new members should be struck down as unconstitutional, farmers urged a seemingly receptive Supreme Court. The case, Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, court file 20-107, is an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The telephonic oral arguments on March 22 lasted 69 minutes. The petitioners are Cedar Point Nursery, a strawberry farm in Dorris, and Fowler Packing Co. Inc., in Fresno, which produces grapes and mandarin oranges. Together, they employ about 3,000 people. The … Continue reading Farmers ask Supreme Court to strike down California rule allowing aggressive labor organizing

Bayer won’t appeal Roundup cancer verdict to Supreme Court

Chemicals giant Bayer AG won’t appeal a $20.5 million jury verdict against it over Roundup, a weedkiller containing glyphosate whose use a California school groundskeeper said gave him cancer. Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson, who worked for the Benicia Unified School District, sued Monsanto Co., claiming he developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after being soaked in Roundup, which has been on the market since 1976 and contains glyphosate, the most popular herbicide in the United States. Bayer acquired Roundup with its 2018 purchase of Monsanto. The day of the accident, “the sprayer broke, and I got drenched in the [herbicide], I didn’t think that … Continue reading Bayer won’t appeal Roundup cancer verdict to Supreme Court