The slop sleuths of Seattle

Our lawsuit against Seattle’s illegal surveillance program received more national media attention yesterday (click here). Seattle bureaucrats monitor everyone’s trash cans to make sure no one throws out food. Government shouldn’t meddle in the minutia of our everyday lives. And it should honor our privacy. For more … Continue reading

Dictators of the dump

What do a bureaucrat, an identity thief, and a street bum have in common? They all want to pick through your rubbish. Seattle recently announced that it will fine individuals and businesses whenever compostable material accounts for over ten percent of their waste. Trash collectors will inspect bins and … Continue reading

PLF’s Joshua Thompson on NPR to discuss Schuette

This morning I appeared on NPR’s On Point to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Schuette.  Taking the opposite view and debating me on the case was Columbia Law Professor Theodore Shaw.  You can listen to the podcast here. … Continue reading

Schuette victory: The Scalia concurrence

Justices Scalia and Thomas counted for two of the six votes in favor of Proposal 2’s constitutionality.  Unlike Justice Kennedy, however, Justice Scalia’s opinion — joined by Justice Thomas — would not save the political structure doctrine.  Scalia’s concurrence argues … Continue reading

Schuette victory: The plurality (Kennedy) opinion

As I predicted last year, Justice Breyer voted to uphold Proposal 2.  With Justice Kagan’s recusal, that means the Court voted 6-2 in favor of the constitutionality of the Michigan Amendment. Despite the overwhelming support for the constitutionality of Proposal … Continue reading

Coverage of PLF at the Supreme Court for Schuette

Last week I was in Washington, D.C. for the oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  This is the case that is challenging whether voters have the right to prohibit racial preferences by government.  In 1996, California voters becase the … Continue reading

Supreme Court to hear case concerning Michigan’s ban on racial preferences

May the voters of a state amend their state constitution to prohibit discrimination and preferences based upon race?  The Supreme Court will address that question.  Today, with Justice Kagan recusing herself, the Court granted certiorari in Schuette v. Michigan Coalition to Defend … Continue reading

Michigan AG files cert. petition two weeks after Proposal 2 decision

That was fast!  After the Sixth Circuit’s horrendous decision striking down Michigan’s equal rights amendment two weeks ago, the Michigan Attorney General filed this certiorari petition yesterday to ask the Supreme Court to take up the case.  Kudos to the AG’s office for … Continue reading

More on the Sixth Circuit’s Proposal 2 decision

Last Friday I explained the Sixth Circuit’s embarrassing decision to strike down Michigan’s Proposal 2.  President of the National Association of Scholars (and longtime PLF friend) Peter Wood, has been assembling similar reactions to the Sixth Circuit’s decision.  For example, here … Continue reading