Roberts and company get 2nd chance to slap down health care takeover
Chief Justice John Roberts and his cohorts on the U.S. Supreme Court will get a second chance to slap down the health care takeover known as Obamacare.
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the Constitution’s Commerce Clause is enough authority for Congress to demand employers purchase private health insurance for their employees or pay government fines.
The case was launched by Liberty University at the outset of the fight over Obamacare. The university confirmed today as soon as the appellate court decision was announced that it would petition the Supreme Court to hear its challenge to the entire employer mandate.
Suspect’s silence considered evidence of guilt
Over the past few years, Americans have seen attacks on the First Amendment, Second Amendment, 10th Amendment and others.
Now it’s the Fifth Amendment in the crosshairs of the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled recently that a suspect’s silence can be used as evidence of his guilt.
The ruling, according to legal expert John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, appears to overturn decades of precedent that the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against self-incrimination means a suspect’s silences does not constitute guilt.
But Supremes bash back with new set of ‘regulations
A federal judge has blasted the Supreme Court’s plaza policy, which forbids people frombeing in “assemblages” or carrying signs that are intended to attract attention, declaring such limits in the shadow of the building where the First Amendment is supposed to be protected unconstitutional.
With hours, the Supremes bashed back, installing a new set of restrictive “regulations” specifying what can and cannot happen on the high court property including the plaza.
It was Judge Beryl Howell who wrote in an opinion this week that such limits – outlined in federal law and based on the “dignity” of the location – are unconstitutional and unenforceable.
“The absolute prohibition of expressive activity in the statute is unreasonable, substantially overbroad, and irreconcilable with the First Amendment,” the judge wrote. “The court therefore must find the statute unconstitutional and void as applied to the Supreme Court plaza.”