Category Archives: Judiciary

March 02

SECOND AMENDMENT FOR DUMMIES

Every legal scholar knows that from 1776 until 1986, our Supreme Court did not once question the meaning of the Second Amendment.  Nor, for that matter, had any federal court. THE SECOND AMENDMENT DOES NOT SAY CITIZENS HAVE ‘A RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS!’  THAT IS A CLAIM MADE BY THE NRA.  The Second Amendment reads […]

May 17

TORTURE CONTINUES AT GUANTANAMO

No President has lived up to all campaign promises, but Mr. Obama trumpeted that he would close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) and his failure to do so will leave a lasting mark on his record as leader of the free world. The prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been held for 12 years […]

March 25

WHY SCALIA DIDN’T GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL? HOBBY LOBBY V. SEBELIUS

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius. Very much as expected, the questions from the Justices were divided down party lines with the holding in Citizens United being in large part, the premise for Hobby Lobby’s claim to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the right of a ‘person’ to […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz March 01

WHY DON’T SUPREME COURT JUSTICES KNOW MATH?

Monday, the Supreme Court will here Hall v. Florida.  The issue in the case is whether the Florida state court erred in sentencing to death a man with an IQ below the threshold for intellectual disability (IQ of 70). In 2002, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in Atkins, a similar case of a ‘mentally retarded’ man sentenced to […]

Dante Ruffalo February 26

Judiciary

After medical school, I attained a law degree with a concentration in patent law.  Where possible, I will write legal analyses of issues before the Supreme Court and occasionally write an argument.  I will also try to explain the legal principals used in the decisions of lower courts because often the media states the conclusion […]

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