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Litigating for Liberty, Part 1Posted on August 10, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick
Want to make a difference in the fight for liberty? Consider law school. In no other arena can an individual have a greater impact for freedom. After all, the courts were intended to safeguard individual rights by holding the other two branches of government to their constitutional boundaries. And unlike politics, law tends to be black or white—you win or you lose—rather than shades of compromise. Look how dramatically cases like Brown v. Board of Education have changed the world.
The seismic non-issue in the presidential campaignPosted on August 06, 2012 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Clint Bolick
Should control over Supreme Court nominations figure prominently in the forthcoming presidential election? Yes, big-time. Will it? Not likely.
Clint Bolick: The Supreme Court Stakes in 2012Posted on July 09, 2012 | Type: In the News | Author: Clint Bolick
Many conservatives are angry with Chief Justice John Roberts, whose decisive vote in late June not only sustained a disastrous health-care law. It also interpreted the Constitution to permit Congress to penalize behavior through its taxing power that it cannot control through its power to regulate commerce. Magnifying the harm is a CBS News report—and informed suspicions from a number of sources—that Chief Justice Roberts initially voted to strike down the law but switched in the face of veiled threats from President Barack Obama and concerns about the court's reputation and his own.
Tombstone Ain't Dead YetPosted on May 23, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias
Last week, the U.S. Forest Service got the drop on Tombstone when the City’s request for an emergency injunction was denied by Senior Judge Frank Zapata of the United States District Court. But Tombstone’s legal posse has a more than a few rounds left in the chamber.
The Taxpayers Win OnePosted on May 17, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Two years ago, Gov. Jan Brewer abolished the Arizona Department of Commerce. It wasn’t an act of getting rid of government waste or excess, but rather making way for a new entity: the “quasi-public” Arizona Commerce Authority.