A Roundup of Recent Federal Court Decisions

Please enjoy the latest edition of Short Circuit, a weekly feature from the Institute for Justice. From 2001 to 2018, now-retired Midland County, Tex. Prosecutor Ralph Petty worked on over 300 cases as both the lead prosecutor and law clerk for the judge overseeing those cases, arguing by day and (among other improprieties) drafting orders … Read more

Dianne Feinstein and the Dangers of Gerontocracy

If you ever feel like politics is stuck in the past, consider the ages of who is involved at the highest levels. President Joe Biden is currently 79; he’s the oldest person to have ever assumed the office of the presidency. His 2020 presidential opponent (and possible 2024 GOP nominee) Donald Trump is currently 75. … Read more

First Amendment Lawsuit by Vegan Advocate Against University of Missouri Can Go Forward

From Hershey v. Curators of Univ. of Missouridecided Wednesday by Judge Douglas Harpool (WD Mo.): Plaintiff often handed out flyers and brochures, and he advocated for vegetarian or vegan eating. Plaintiff claims that the University’s policy that placing regulations on speech on areas of campus is unconstitutional. More specifically, he claims that Defendants applied the … Read more

Drop the Useless Mask Mandates and Leave Us Alone

The last couple of years have been a revelation when it comes to public health measures for battling COVID-19 and whatever bugs come next. We’ve seen that masks offer little protection unless they’re the uncomfortable medical variety, states that locked down hardest took nasty economic hits in return for little if any health benefit, and … Read more

“They Could Have Stopped This.” (AUDIO)

Two men in Yuma County, Arizona, Gary Snyder and David Lara, busted a local ballot trafficking operation using undercover cameras during the 2020 Primary Election. Lara and Snyder recorded and photographed ballot paperskers stuffing ballot boxes on the day of the August 4th, 2020, Primary Election. The evidence was presented to the Arizona Attorney General, … Read more

Congress Should Not Legalize Marijuana, Marco Rubio Says, Because Black-Market Weed Is ‘Laced With Fentanyl’

When Sen. Marco Rubio (R–Fla.) was seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a local paper noted that he had “a long history speaking out against marijuana legalization.” Given that history and the fact that Rubio’s position is rejected by two-thirds of Americans, you might think he would be prepared to defend marijuana prohibition with cogent … Read more

Must See: CNN’s Brian Stelter Gets Called Out For Fake News By College Freshman

CNN’s Brian Stelter appeared a bit flummoxed after a college freshman confronted him over what the student described as CNN’s habit of pushing “disinformation” that “magically” benefits only one political party. Readers can probably guess which political party the young man was referring to. Stelter visited the University of Chicago on Thursday to participate in … Read more