Current Events | General

Federal Law Prohibits Conspiracy to to Prevent a Person from Exercising Rights

We live in a era when more and more people want to prevent Americans from exercising their right of free speech, their right to exercise their religion and other constitutional rights.  Federal law, i.e., 18 United States Code Section 241 provides: “If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person…

Current Events | General | Loss of Freedom | US Law

President Obama on President’s Authority to Take Unilateral Military Action

In 2007 former constitutional law professor Barack Obama answered a question about the President’s authority to unilaterally cause the U.S. to take military action. Q. In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear…

Current Events | Government Helping Us - Not | Law School Reality

Ripping Off Young America: The College-Loan Scandal

Rolling Stone: “The federal government has made it easier than ever to borrow money for higher education – saddling a generation with crushing debts and inflating a bubble that could bring down the economy. . . . But the dirty secret of American higher education is that student-loan interest rates are almost irrelevant. It’s not the…

Current Events | Loss of Freedom | Privacy

What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy

Wall St. Journal:  “An entrenched surveillance state will change and distort the balance that allows free government to function successfully. Broad and intrusive surveillance will, definitively, put government in charge. But a republic only works . . . if public officials know that they—and the government itself—answer to the citizens. It doesn’t work, and is…

Current Events

Scottsdale’s Rural/Metro Files Bankruptcy Petition in Delaware

Rural/Metro Corp., a Scottsdale-based company that provides fire and ambulance services for hire in 21 states, filed a petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware.  Lenders will loan the company $75 million and it will get additional cash of $135 million during its reorganization.  Rural/Metro was acquired by Warburg Pincus…

Current Events | Government Spending | Litigation (Non-Arizona)

New Health Care Ruling May Not Change Tide

azcentral.com:  The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of some provisions of the “Affordable Care Act” (Obamacare).  At this point, however, an article in azcentral.com explains why analysts expect that the ruling will not change the tide that will cause more employees in Arizona to pay more fees for health care.  Employers…