Expanding police power threatens privacy

Freedom Newspapers It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, […]

Supreme Court heading toward divisive territory

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice […]

Portales tennis teams cruise past Ruidoso

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle […]

Vague laws leave courts to clean up after Congress

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. But in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some […]

Courts should adhere to Bill of Rights

By Tibor Machan: Snydicated columnist Over the years I’ve paid attention to what the Supreme Court does, not as an expert but as a reasonably well educated lay person. One observation I’ve come away with is that if a case comes its way, the court either returns it to a lower court or offers a […]

Court ruling setback for property rights

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court, ruling last month in Lingle v. Chevron USA, made it more difficult for property owners to battle rent control and other government takings. We hope the court’s unanimous decision does not portend bad news for another major property-rights case (Kelo v. City of New London, Conn.) before the court, […]

With death comes peace for Schiavo, not debaters

Freedom Newspapers Terri Schiavo’s case was one that received a tremendous amount of judicial and media attention and forced America, and perhaps the world, to ponder life and death and the complexities of relationships. Schiavo died on Thursday morning. Her burial will not end the debates. Some people called it a killing, a murder. Others […]

Class action legislation step in right direction

CNJ staff At first glance a bill that would shift most class-action suits from state to federal courts looks like something of a power grab by federal authorities. Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada put it this way: The bill the Senate approved last week “turns federalism on its head by preventing state courts […]

Federal judge dismisses ex-spouses case

by Tom Philpott A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by 58 divorced service members and retirees challenging the constitutionality of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act. The 1982 law allows state courts to divide military retirement as property in divorce settlements. U.S. District Court Judge James. C. Cacheris in Alexandria, Va., granted […]

Much evil lurks behind mask of God

By Leonard Pitts Jr. I’ve written this column before. I really don’t know why I’m writing it again. After all, there’s little that you or I can do to change things. No letter to a congressman or threat of boycott that’s likely to do any good. So I guess I’m writing just because it would […]