Judge says New York’s “Stop and Frisk” Law is Unconstitutional

“Far too many people in New York City have been deprived of this basic freedom far too often.”… “The NYPD’s practice of making stops that lack individualized reasonable suspicion has been so pervasive and persistent as to become not only a part of the NYPD’s standard operating procedure, but a fact of daily life in some New York City neighborhoods.” ┬áSo said Judge Shira A.… [Read more]

‘Lawyered Up’: Anniversary of Landmark Supreme Court Decision

“If an obscure Florida convict named Clarence Earl Gideon had not sat down in his prison cell . . . to write a letter to the Supreme Court . . . the vast machinery of American law would have gone on functioning undisturbed. But Gideon did write that letter, the Court did look into his case .[Read more]

Understanding the Separation of Church and State

There has been a lot of noise in the media and the campaign trails lately about the separation of church and state. Many different things are being said and not much of it is correct.

Let’s examine what “separation of church and state” really means as it applies to United States law, because that’s what it is.… [Read more]