Federal Power, Gambling, and Sanctuary Cities

The Constitution established a sovereign federal government while leaving in place the sovereign state governments. While the Constitution limited state sovereignty, it did not eliminate it. States are free to pass their own laws and maintain their own court systems, and most of the laws we encounter in our daily lives are state laws (all…

A Thought About Attorneys and Immigration

I intended to write a longer post about this topic, but life got in the way this week. Please accept this hastily constructed blog teaser in lieu of the whole enchilada: A few weeks ago I wrote about the Sixth Amendment's guarantee of the right to an attorney. One of the limitations of the right…

Bird Law!

Most Law Talkin' Guy posts concern significant areas of Constitutional law, its history and application to our lives. This is important stuff information worth discussing.  Last week we focused on one of the "Law and Order" rights, so-called due to its familiarity from the popular TV show. However, we cannot spend all of our time…

April 20th, 2018 – A Reflection

Law Talkin' Guy has been on vacation and will return to regularly scheduled programming next week. Until then, remember that marijuana was first made illegal for several bullshit reasons, including but not limited to outright racism, the opposition of people who learned the wrong lessons from Prohibition, and big business not wanting to compete with…

FOSTA Unconstitutionally Limits Speech

Most Law Talkin' Guy posts are summaries of current law, with highlights of existing Supreme Court decisions, but today is different. A friend of LTG is concerned about the impact of the "Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act" of 2017 (FOSTA), which the President signed into law this week. Despite the…