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…

A Brief Overview of Second Amendment Law

One reason I write these posts is so that my readers can make informed political decisions. Although this is a law blog, law is intertwined with policy, and regardless of your beliefs, you need to work within the system to effect real change. What follows is not necessarily the policy I want or the law…

Yes, That Applies to You, State

Last week I wrote briefly about Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case ruling "separate but equal" has no place in public education as it violates the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Fourteenth Amendment is one of the three "Reconstruction Amendments," ratified after the Civil War. I am not a historian,…

Different Century, Same Problem

"... of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants." Federalist Papers No. 1 (Hamilton) Not sure what's going on in the national conversation to make me think of this. Have a great week!

Goodbye to Linda Brown, Hero

This week saw the passing of Linda Brown, who as a young girl was at the center of one of the most important Supreme Court cases in our history, Brown vs. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483 (1954), and I could not call myself Law-Talkin' Guy if I did not take a few minutes to…

How Much Tyranny is Too Much?

I've spent much of my law-thinking time considering the 2nd Amendment, and I will write a substantive 2nd Amendment post at some point. For today, there's one specific application of the 2nd Amendment that's been troubling me in light of other Constitutional history. Second Amendment supporters often note that the Founders intended the Amendment, among…

The Right to Privacy

Today is a special day for Law Talkin' Guy, as this is the first original blog post on the new site. To mark this august occasion, we will explore an important, "recent" right, the right to privacy.  Now wait a second, eagle-eyed Constitution readers may say.  A Constitutional right to privacy? I have read that…