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Author Archives: Scott Forsyth

Congressmen take another stab at criminalizing lying

Some bills never die in Congress. They get introduced session after session, no matter how few votes they muster or, if they pass, how many times the courts strike them down. The Flag Protection Acts and the Flag Desecration Amendment, last voted on in 2006, are a classic example.

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Dismantle the privacy-challenged E-Verify

In 1996 Congress made it “unlawful for a person or other entity to hire for employment in the United States an alien knowing the alien is an unauthorized alien,” 8 U.S.C. §1324a(a)(1)(A). Regulations require a prospective employee and his employer to fill out Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

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Some criticism of Citizens United unjustified

Two months after the Congressional election we are still assessing the impact on the election of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last January in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Groups are wading through the campaign finance disclosure reports to figure out who gave how much to whom and when.

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Border patrol’s scope not unlimited

Sometimes doing right causes a person a heap of harm, courtesy of the government. To compound the harm, the person may be without legal redress.

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Check your Fourth Amendment rights at the border

You attend a conference in Toronto. On your return, the customs official looks at your passport and directs you to the side for an inspection. During the inspection, you are asked to turn on your laptop and give the official all of the passwords to enable him to examine its contents, in a backroom.

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Senior files a lawsuit to bring back prom

As end of another school year draws near, the celebrations begin, best symbolized by the tradition of the high school prom. Unfortunately, not all folks see the prom season as a joyous one. In rural Mississippi, the administrators of Itawamba ...

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