In one of his several landmark decisions that gave shape to American jurisprudence, Chief Justice John Marshall famously wrote in McCulloch v. Maryland, “This government is … Continue Reading Gross Overreach: A Brief Look Into Federal Power and Civil Liberty
This past Wednesday (March 15, 2017), the Hawaii District Court issued a nationwide temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President Trump’s new immigration ban. In the few short hours … Continue Reading Immigration Ban 2.0 and the Courts.
The 115th Congress will be the most racially diverse in the history of the United States with record numbers of Hispanics, African-Americans, and women of color serving in the … Continue Reading Lack of Representation in Congress: The Undermining of Our Democracy
Transparency and Accountability Regarding Mass Surveillance in the USA The “digital age” is full of secret doors to hide behind, laws you do not know you are breaking and full … Continue Reading Mass Surveillance in the USA
We deserve a transparent government made and ran for the people, by the people and with the people. Many people, companies, and politicians would like to have policies in place … Continue Reading Transparency and Accountability in Government
In his recent Democracy Declassified, Michael P. Colaresi evaluates the multi-dimensional state of national security with regard to transparency in democratic governments. Calling upon a wide spate of historical … Continue Reading Chapter Review: Michael Colaresi’s “Democracy Declassified” and the Efficacy of Oversight
The Tasks of the Trinity Section 3 of 3 (;Bonus article in draft;) Where I had left off, in the 2nd section of this anthology, I described the gaps between … Continue Reading ENLIGHTENMENT IN “THE FIRM”
On May 1, 1989, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a plurality opinion in the case of Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins finding in favor of the defendant, Ann … Continue Reading SCOTUS Case Review Part I: Price Waterhouse v. Ann Hopkins (1989)
A nexus of contracts in which there is no “there-there”.
In a year where the status quo is not working, the DEA has decided to dig it’s head in the sand yet again.
On Wednesday August 3rd, 2016, President Obama issued a record breaking 214 commutations for federal inmates—the largest single-day grant of commutations in United States history. The majority of the prisoners … Continue Reading A Vicious Cycle: On Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws
Throughout American history, judicial scholars have debated both the philosophical and pragmatic efficacy of plea bargaining in both state and federal criminal proceedings. Often, critics of plea bargaining (a very … Continue Reading A Brief Look into the Legitimacy of Plea Bargains