Archive for the 'Law' Category

96-year-old Woman Who Voted During Jim Crow Is Denied Photo ID

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Law, Republicans, Voting

The title pretty much says it all, but here’s more from the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dorothy Cooper is 96 but she can remember only one election when she’s been eligible to vote but hasn’t. The retired domestic worker was born in a small North Georgia town before women had the right to vote. She […]

August 16th, 2012 | Permalink| 15 Comments »

Affordable Care Act Upheld By SCOTUS

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Health Care, health care reform, Law, Legislation, Obama, Supreme Court

This just in from Drudgereport: SUPREME COURT RULES: Mandate survives as a tax… Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court… The Medicaid provision is limited but not invalidated… ‘Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do […]

June 28th, 2012 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Going Green – Why We Should Legalize It (Infographic)

By Greg Voakes | Related entries in Law, WTF?

Many issues in America faced an uphill battle at the turn of the century, and several unresolved ones still do. From gay marriage to medical marijuana, there are thousands of individuals pushing to change current legislation and fully progress into the new millennium. The infographic below actually outlines some of the reasons why America should […]

April 11th, 2012 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

A Day in the Life of a Prisoner (Infographic)

By Greg Voakes | Related entries in Law, Law Enforcement

As we’ve covered before on Donklephant, while the US justice system is one of the best in the world, it is not without flaws. Every once in a while someone gets wrongfully convicted. As John Adams famously said, “It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished”. But what […]

July 6th, 2011 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

So This Is What It Means To Be A Strict Constitutionalist

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Constitution, Law, Supreme Court

This is why I can never get on board with judges like Scalia. Is he a smart guy? Of course. But the following? Not so much… From Callawyer comes this Q&A: In 1868, when the 39th Congress was debating and ultimately proposing the 14th Amendment, I don’t think anybody would have thought that equal protection […]

January 4th, 2011 | Permalink| 13 Comments »

How Damaging Was The SCOTUS Campaign Finance Decision?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Money

Well, as was mentioned when it happened, now unlimited, anonymous money can flow into the election cycle via what are now being dubbed “Super PACs”, and these entities can run advertising and say pretty much whatever they want. From Bloomberg: These political action committees can take unlimited company, union and individual donations and explicitly urge […]

September 9th, 2010 | Permalink| No Comments »

California’s Prop 8 Falls, Spectacularly

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in California, Homosexuality, Law, Legislation, Proposition 8, Sexuality

Proponents and opponents of gay marriage, the end is nigh. The ruling today was a thing of beauty, not just because Prop 8 was overturned, but because the language in the decision basically positions Gay Americans as equal to every other American in every single way. And, the cherry on top of the judicial sundae? […]

August 4th, 2010 | Permalink| 31 Comments »

MO Says NO To Mandatory Healthcare

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Health Care, health care reform, Law, Missouri

Proposition C passed by 70% last night and that has a lot of folks wondering if more states will follow suit to get initiatives like these on the ballot during times when vote turn out is extremely low. The answer, of course, is yes. Similar initiatives will be on the ballot in Arizona and Oklahoma […]

August 4th, 2010 | Permalink| 55 Comments »

SHOCK: Goldman Sachs Fined Half A Billion By S.E.C.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Business, Economy, Law, Money, Wall Street

The title says it all, but here’s a bit more detail… From NY Times: Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $550 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of the largest penalties ever paid by a Wall Street firm, to settle charges of securities fraud linked to mortgage investments. The S.E.C. filed a lawsuit […]

July 15th, 2010 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Missouri SWAT Video Reveals The Real Drug War

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Drugs, Law, Law Enforcement, Missouri, Video

The following video is heartbreaking, especially since it happened in my state. Still, this is happening every day in every other state over completely victimless crimes. Here’s a quick explanation if you can’t watch the video (via Radley Balko)… SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (?!) as […]

May 6th, 2010 | Permalink| 21 Comments »