If the law known as Obamacare gets struck down in the latest court challenge, the victors will thank a Hudson resident and Case Western Reserve University law professor who discovered what the law's critics say is a major flaw.
He thought it was an interesting bit of legal arcana, worthy of scholarship. But his analysis of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has led to four pending cases in federal courts, two likely to be decided within months, that offer ACA opponents their best chance of gutting the law. read more
In a long and interesting interview with Jennifer Senior of New York Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talks about his views on homosexuality, how originalism has fared in his decades on the court and the part of the Constitution he would change. He takes offense when Senior reacts to his belief that the Devil is real. "You're looking at me as though I'm weird," Scalia responds. "My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It's in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil."
Tomorrow morning the United State Supreme Court will hear oral argument in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, billed as the next Citizens United. The posted article features the opinions of five election law experts about the case. read more
A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to keep the courts from wading into the "Fast and Furious" documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.
In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department's request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration's response to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress. read more
A Texas appeals court on Thursday overturned the 2010 convictions of former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay for money laundering and conspiracy, citing insufficient evidence. Dubbed "the Hammer" for his hard-driving, partisan style, DeLay had been accused of conspiring to illegally funnel $190,000 in corporate campaign donations to Republican candidates for the Texas Legislature in the 2002 elections. "We conclude that the evidence presented does not support a conclusion that DeLay committed the crimes that were charged," Justice Melissa Goodwin wrote for the court. DeLay resigned from the House in 2006 after it became public that he had ties to Jack Abramoff, a former Republican lobbyist snared in a federal investigation of influence peddling in Washington. read more