Legal Issues

Barack Obama's judicial nominees (Baltimore Sun)

James Oliphant of the Baltimore Sun blogged about Barack Obama's judicial nominees. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/05/printer-obama_on_judges.html Here is some of what Obama has said on the topic: What you're looking for is somebody who is going to apply the law where it's clear. Now there's gonna be those five percent of cases or one percent of cases where the law isn't clear. And […]

 
 

Polygamy: Where religious liberty ends (Salt Lake Tribune)

Trying to walk the line between religious freedom and societal concerns has never been easy. Some scholars say the line is drawn at polygamy. This article explores that option, but is the line even better drawn at child abuse? What about "legitimate" serial marriages and divorces? This issue may gain some traction in the next few months. Admin Read the […]

 
 

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

Testimony of Michael Peabody in favor of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SB 786)

April 9, 2009 Senate Judiciary Committee Oregon State Legislature Salem, Oregon     RE:          SB 786 – Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act (SUPPORT)   Mr. Chairman and Members, Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act.  As an attorney I have had the privilege of representing employees in several […]

 
 

The New Blue Laws – Slate.com

Slate contributor and labor union attorney, Paul L. Edenfield, asks the questions as to workers have the right to have Sundays off. This may be the forerunner of additional trends in this area: The New Blue Laws They're about giving workers a break, not forcing church attendance. By Paul L. Edenfield Updated Monday, April 7, 2008, at 7:39 AM ET […]

 
 

Worker wins $6.5 million in reverse religious discrimination suit

A former employee of Kelly Services, a worldwide provider of temporary workers, was awarded more than $6.5 million in damages Friday by a Sacramento federal jury on her claim that the company failed to promote her because she is not a member of a religious group that other employees belong to. Lynn Noyes, who worked nearly 10 years for Kelly […]

 
 

Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments vs. 'Seven Aphorisms'

Supreme Court to consider Ten Commandments vs. 'Seven Aphorisms'

Must a city park that displays one monument also permit others'? By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer April 1, 2008 WASHINGTON — If a city allows a monument with the Ten Commandments to be erected in a public park, must it also allow other religions and groups to display monuments of their choosing? The Supreme Court agreed […]

 
 

Dexter Avenue and the Battle for the Bill of Rights

 
 

Thought and Crime

Thought and Crime

NOTE:  This story has been updated.  Read the update. Published in Liberty Magazine – March / April 2008 On July 1, 2007, Satendar Singh, a 26-year-old Sikh American was attacked by a group of six men while enjoying an early Independence Day picnic with friends at a park in Folsom, California. According to news reports, the attackers noticed that Singh […]

 
 

Toward a Medieval Model

Toward a Medieval Model

Published in Liberty Magazine – March / April 2006 Amid all the activity of a turbulent year, many missed the March 3, 2005, filing of the Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 (CRA) in both houses of Congress (S. 520 and H.R. 1070). If enacted, the CRA would effectively turn the United States into a theocracy, in which the arbitrary dictates […]

 
 

In Human Hands

As of this writing in early September, there are two vacancies in the Supreme Court, making this a time of great concern and tremendous opportunity. When President Bush introduced Judge John Roberts to the nation on July 19, he said, "When a president chooses a justice, he's placing in human hands the authority and majesty of the law."   Interpreting […]