Illinois law requiring moment of silence in public schools ruled unconstitutional

The court upheld the principle that students have a constitutional right to pray on their own at any time and that the government or the schools should not arbitrate when and how students pray.


RITSEMA: Supreme Court deals death blow to the 4th Amendment (Civics News)

RITSEMA: Supreme Court deals death blow to the 4th Amendment (Civics News)

Now, any the time that law enforcement makes a "mistake" that prevents them from doing a proper search, they will get away with it, and the evidence can be admitted into the court proceedings. The incentive to do the search in a legal fashion has now been removed; instead, and an incentive to do illegal searches and then say "oops" has now been introduced.


Roosevelt's or Reagan's America? A Time for Choosing

By John Marini – Imprimis – In light of the differences between the ideas and policies of Roosevelt and Reagan, it is not surprising that political debates today are so bitter. Indeed, they resemble the religious quarrels that once convulsed western society. The progressive defenders of the bureaucratic state see government as the source of benevolence, the moral embodiment of the collective desire to bring about social justice as a practical reality. They believe that only mean-spirited reactionaries can object to a government whose purpose is to bring about this good end. Defenders of the older constitutionalism, meanwhile, see the bureaucratic state as increasingly tyrannical and destructive of inalienable rights.


International court to punish nations failing to prevent global warming (Telegraph)

Stephen Hockman QC is proposing a body similar to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to be the supreme legal authority on issues regarding the environment. The first role of the new body would be to enforce international agreements on cutting greenhouse gas emissions set to be agreed next year.


Washington Post: 20,000 More U.S. Troops To Be Deployed For “Domestic Security"

There are critics of the change, in the military and among civil liberties groups and libertarians who express concern that the new homeland emphasis threatens to strain the military and possibly undermine the Posse Comitatus Act, a 130-year-old federal law restricting the military's role in domestic law enforcement.


The Coming "War" Between the Obama Administration and the Catholic Church (

he possible signing of the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) by President-Elect Barack Obama would be "the equivalent of a war" an unnamed senior Vatican official recently told TIME magazine.

The startling comments make the second time this week that a Vatican official has forthrightly and in the strongest language condemned Obama's extreme policies on abortion. Speaking at the Catholic University of America a few days ago, Vatican Cardinal James Stafford labeled Obama's anti-life policies as "aggressive, disruptive, and apocalyptic," also noting that, "On November 4, 2008, America suffered a cultural earthquake" (see coverage: ).


VIDEO – BREAKING NEWS: Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, on the Rule of Law

VIDEO – BREAKING NEWS: Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, on the Rule of Law

Earlier this year, he gave a lecture for the ACS convention regarding the importance of restoring the rule of law. He called upon the United States to reverse "the disastrous course" set by the Bush administration in the struggle against terrorism, arguing "the next president must move immediately to reclaim America's standing in the world as a nation that cherishes and protects individual freedom and basic human rights."


VIDEO UPDATE: Troy Anthony Davis Granted Temporary Reprieve

VIDEO UPDATE: Troy Anthony Davis Granted Temporary Reprieve

Less than 2 hours before Troy was to die by lethal injection, the U.S. Supreme Court , the highest court in the United States, granted a stay of execution. AP Video and updates about Terry Benedict's film project.


Interview with Attorney and Pastor Mitch Tyner

"In my view, if we are not prepared to protect the rights of those with whom we disagree, we are not serious about religious freedom."

Former associate general counsel of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Mitch Tyner, asks questions about the legal process, lawsuits between believers, separation of church and state, and addresses the controversy about gay marriage.


On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

On September 23, 2008 an Innocent Man is Scheduled to Die

By Terry L. Benedict – How Easily Can an Innocent Man Lose His Life?

Ask Troy Davis, who came within a harrowing 23 hours of execution by lethal injection last year and received a new execution date of September 23, 2008: