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Can A Politician Block You On Social Media?, Alan E. Garfield Jul 2109

Can A Politician Block You On Social Media?, Alan E. Garfield

Alan E Garfield

No abstract provided.


All Things To All People, Part One, Peter J. Aschenbrenner Dec 2104

All Things To All People, Part One, Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Our Constitutional Logic has identified the fundamental predicate of Government I, which operated, more or less, under Constitution I, the Constutiton of the year One, as a disposable government. See The Standard Model at War, 17 OCL 350. if government asserts, affirmatively, that it is disposable, isn’t it also asserting that it can replicate its systems (= structures political society) at will? OCL builds on its assertion of political society as a three-goaled contrivance. See Why Do Political Societies Exist? 2 OCL 883. Isn’t such a government asserting the primacy of the needs of civil society? By offering to dispose …


Does The Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, David B. Kopel Apr 2104

Does The Second Amendment Protect Firearms Commerce?, David B. Kopel

David B Kopel

The Second Amendment protects the operation of businesses which provide Second Amendment services, including gun stores. Although lower federal courts have split on the issue, the right of firearms commerce is demonstrated by the original history of the Second Amendment, confirmed by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller, and consistent with the Court's precedents on other individual rights.


How Do We Know When Political Societies Change?, Peter Aschenbrenner Jan 2104

How Do We Know When Political Societies Change?, Peter Aschenbrenner

Peter J. Aschenbrenner

Predicates, features, attributes and properties of a system are liable to change. How does the change get marked down? For this purpose what facet of a system should command our attention? Any system worth the name, Our Constitutional Logic argues, is aware of its own standing in civil society. OCL considers the issues raised.


Is Emerging Adulthood Influencing Moffitt’S Developmental Taxonomy? Adding The “Prolonged” Adolescent Offender, Christopher Salvatore, Travis A. Taniguchi, Wayne Welsh Oct 2019

Is Emerging Adulthood Influencing Moffitt’S Developmental Taxonomy? Adding The “Prolonged” Adolescent Offender, Christopher Salvatore, Travis A. Taniguchi, Wayne Welsh

Christopher Salvatore

The study of offender trajectories has been a prolific area of criminological research. However, few studies have incorporated the influence of emerging adulthood, a recently identified stage of the life course, on offending trajectories. The present study addressed this shortcoming by introducing the "prolonged adolescent" offender, a low-level offender between the ages of 18 and 25 that has failed to successfully transition into adult social roles. A theoretical background based on prior research in life-course criminology and emerging adulthood is presented. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health analyses examined the relationship between indicators of traditional turning …


Resisting In Process: Human Beings Ensnared In The Fugitive Slave Law Of 1850 (A Working Collection), Daniel Farbman Oct 2019

Resisting In Process: Human Beings Ensnared In The Fugitive Slave Law Of 1850 (A Working Collection), Daniel Farbman

Dan Farbman

No abstract provided.


Contemplating The Successive Prosecution Phenomenon In The Federal System, Elizabeth T. Lear Oct 2019

Contemplating The Successive Prosecution Phenomenon In The Federal System, Elizabeth T. Lear

Elizabeth T Lear

Constitutional scholars have long debated the relative merits of a conduct-based compulsory joinder rule. The dialogue has centered on the meaning of the “same offence” language of the Double Jeopardy Clause, concentrating specifically on whether it includes the factual circumstances giving rise to criminal liability or applies only to the statutory offenses charged. However, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Dixon, abandoned as “unworkable” a limited conduct-based approach it had fashioned just three years before in Grady v. Corbin.

This Article does not assess the frequency with which federal authorities prosecute joinable offenses separately. While such information ultimately is …


State Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons Oct 2019

State Net Neutrality, Daniel A. Lyons

Daniel Lyons

For nearly a century, state regulators played an important role in telecommunications regulation. The 1934 Communications Act gave the Federal Communications Commission authority to regulate interstate telephone service, but explicitly left intrastate calls—which comprised 98% of Depression-era telephone traffic—to state public utility commissions. By the late 2000s, however, as landline telephony faded to obscurity, scholars and policymakers alike recognized that the era of comprehensive state telecommunications regulation had largely come to an end.

Perhaps surprisingly, however, the first years of the Trump Administration have seen a resurgence in state telecommunications regulation—driven not by state institutional concerns, but by policy disagreements …


Justice Sutherland Reconsidered, Samuel R. Olken Oct 2019

Justice Sutherland Reconsidered, Samuel R. Olken

Samuel R. Olken

In the annals of Supreme Court history, George Sutherland occupies a curious place. Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1921 to 1938, the Utah native has long been identified as one of the infamous "Four Horsemen," known largely for his role as a judicial conservative instrumental in the Court's invalidation of significant aspects of the New Deal. Yet Sutherland was also the author of several influential opinions involving matters as diverse as civil rights, freedom of expression, and others that recognized the broad authority of the federal government in the realm of foreign and military affairs. A proponent …


The Second Amendment As A Fundamental Right, Timothy Zick Oct 2019

The Second Amendment As A Fundamental Right, Timothy Zick

Timothy Zick

The Second Amendment has been suffering from an inferiority complex. Litigants, scholars, and judges have complained that the right to keep and bear arms is not being afforded the respect and dignity befitting a “fundamental” constitutional right. They have asserted that, both on its own terms and relative to rights in the same general class, the Second Amendment has been disrespected, under-enforced, and orphaned. They have argued that courts have treated the Second Amendment as “peripheral,” “fringe,” “anachronistic,” “second rate,” and “second-class.” The Second Amendment has been described as “the Rodney Dangerfield of the Bill of Rights” and even compared …


Arming Public Protests, Timothy Zick Oct 2019

Arming Public Protests, Timothy Zick

Timothy Zick

Public protests have become armed events, with protesters and counter-protesters openly carrying firearms—generally pursuant to state law. Many view the presence of firearms at protest events as wholly incompatible with the exercise of First Amendment free speech and assembly rights. Although the Supreme Court has yet to decide whether there is a Second Amendment right to openly carry firearms in public, all but a small handful of states in the United States provide some legal protection for open carry. Taking the law as it currently stands, this Article provides a comprehensive assessment of the options available to officials who seek …


Brief Of Constitutional Law Professors As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent, Vincent Levy, Timothy Zick, Gregory P. Magarian Sep 2019

Brief Of Constitutional Law Professors As Amici Curiae In Support Of Respondent, Vincent Levy, Timothy Zick, Gregory P. Magarian

Timothy Zick

No abstract provided.


The Law: Defending Congress’S Interests In Court: How Lawmakers And The President Bargain Over Department Of Justice Representation, Neal Devins Sep 2019

The Law: Defending Congress’S Interests In Court: How Lawmakers And The President Bargain Over Department Of Justice Representation, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

In understanding the willingness of government lawyers to defend the constitutionality of federal statutes, this article will explain why presidents rarely make use of their powers under the Constitution (allowing the president to refuse to defend laws he finds unconstitutional) and under federal law (placing the control of most government litigation with the attorney general). Attention will be paid both to how Department of Justice lawyers enhance their power by defending federal statutes and to how Congress, if need be, can pressure the department to bow to lawmaker preferences. In consequence, when the president refuses to defend a statute, courts …


Split Definitive: How Party Polarization Turned The Supreme Court Into A Partisan Court, Neal Devins, Lawrence Baum Sep 2019

Split Definitive: How Party Polarization Turned The Supreme Court Into A Partisan Court, Neal Devins, Lawrence Baum

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


Congress, The Courts, And Party Polarization: Why Congress Rarely Checks The President And Why The Courts Should Not Take Congress’S Place, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Congress, The Courts, And Party Polarization: Why Congress Rarely Checks The President And Why The Courts Should Not Take Congress’S Place, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


Unitariness And Independence: Solicitor General Control Over Independent Agency Litigation, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Unitariness And Independence: Solicitor General Control Over Independent Agency Litigation, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

With a few exceptions, the Solicitor General controls all aspects of independent agency litigation before the Supreme Court. Solicitor General control of Supreme Court litigation creates a tension between independent agency freedom and the Solicitor General's authority. On the one hand, Solicitor General control provides the United States with a unitary voice before the Supreme Court, and provides the Court with a trustworthy litigator to explicate the government's position. On the other hand, such control may undermine the autonomy of independent agency decision making. In this Article, the author argues for a hybrid model of independent agency litigation in the …


Through The Looking Glass: What Abortion Teaches Us About American Politics, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Through The Looking Glass: What Abortion Teaches Us About American Politics, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


What Standards Apply When Freedoms Collide?, Neal Devins Sep 2019

What Standards Apply When Freedoms Collide?, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


Where's The Politics?: Introduction To Williams, Eastland, Days, And Rabkin, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Where's The Politics?: Introduction To Williams, Eastland, Days, And Rabkin, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


What Brown Teaches Us About The Rehnquist Court's Federalism Revival, Neal Devins Sep 2019

What Brown Teaches Us About The Rehnquist Court's Federalism Revival, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


Tom Delay: Popular Constitutionalist?, Neal Devins Sep 2019

Tom Delay: Popular Constitutionalist?, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Uneasy Case For Department Of Justice Control Of Federal Litigation, Neal Devins, Michael Herz Sep 2019

The Uneasy Case For Department Of Justice Control Of Federal Litigation, Neal Devins, Michael Herz

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Triumph Of Timing: Raines V. Byrd And The Modern Supreme Court's Attempt To Control Constitutional Confrontations, Neal Devins, Michael A. Fitts Sep 2019

The Triumph Of Timing: Raines V. Byrd And The Modern Supreme Court's Attempt To Control Constitutional Confrontations, Neal Devins, Michael A. Fitts

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Supreme Court, Social Psychology, And Group Formation, Neal Devins, William Federspiel Sep 2019

The Supreme Court, Social Psychology, And Group Formation, Neal Devins, William Federspiel

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Supreme Court And Private Schools: An Update, Neal Devins Sep 2019

The Supreme Court And Private Schools: An Update, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Steel Seizure Case: One Of A Kind?, Neal Devins, Louis Fisher Sep 2019

The Steel Seizure Case: One Of A Kind?, Neal Devins, Louis Fisher

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Interactive Constitution: An Essay On Clothing Emperors And Searching For Constitutional Truth, Neal Devins Sep 2019

The Interactive Constitution: An Essay On Clothing Emperors And Searching For Constitutional Truth, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Last Word Debate: How Social And Political Forces Shape Constitutional Values, Neal Devins Sep 2019

The Last Word Debate: How Social And Political Forces Shape Constitutional Values, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Judicial Safeguards Of Federalism, Neal Devins Sep 2019

The Judicial Safeguards Of Federalism, Neal Devins

Neal E. Devins

No abstract provided.


The Indefensible Duty To Defend, Neal Devins, Saikrishna B. Prakash Sep 2019

The Indefensible Duty To Defend, Neal Devins, Saikrishna B. Prakash

Neal E. Devins

Modern Justice Department opinions insist that the executive branch must enforce and defend laws. In the first article to systematically examine Department of Justice refusals to defend, we make four points. First, the duties to enforce and defend lack any sound basis in the Constitution. Hence, while President Obama is right to refuse to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, he is wrong to continue to enforce a law he believes is unconstitutional. Second, rather than being grounded in the Constitution, the duties are better explained by the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) desire to enhance its independence and status. By …