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August 16, 2010
In his letter in this morning's Sun ("Same sex marriage court ruling condemned"), Doug Hoffman decries federal judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning California's Proposition 8, expressing concern that the ruling "shows that Christianity has been overtaken by cultural norms. " Putting aside the inconvenient truth that Jesus of Nazareth never took the trouble to address homosexuality, Mr. Hoffman should take some comfort from the fact the Constitution he fears has been "subverted by the judicial culture" (whatever that means)
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 12, 2014
Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. Namely, that police in Ferguson, Mo., violated the rights of protesters demonstrating against the shooting death of Michael Brown. U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry struck down an ad hoc rule under which cops had said people could not stand still while peacefully protesting. Some were told they couldn't stop walking for more than five seconds; others that they had to walk faster. Again: These were not rioters. These were citizens seeking "peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances," as the First Amendment gives them the right to do. So Perry's ruling is welcome, but not particularly surprising.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 20, 2011
There's a debate swirling in the country right now about the War Powers Act in relation to the war/non-war/"squirmish" in Libya.  The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to cut funding for the Libyan war unless President Barack Obama seeks congressional approval 60 days after the start of hostilities, which the War Powers Act requires. About 60 percent of both House Republicans and Democrats supported this action, but the leadership of neither party did.  This move has sparked strong denunciations of the War Powers Act from the hawkish factions of each party, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley has imposed strict new rules to limit when the state may hold immigrants in Baltimore's jail at the request of federal authorities, dealing a new blow to a national program intended to catch people who are in the country illegally. The governor's policy, which was made public Friday by immigration advocates, comes in response to a recent opinion from the Maryland attorney general's office, which found that detaining immigrants in local jails beyond their scheduled release without probable cause is likely a violation of the Fourth Amendment.
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By Christopher Dreisbach | February 5, 2010
On Nov. 5, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, took the podium at a Republican rally, waved a document defiantly and declared:"This is my copy of the Constitution, and I'm going to stand here with the Founding Fathers who wrote in the Preamble, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness …" Mr....
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April 10, 2014
Thanks for publishing the article "Lawsuit targets use of warrantless NSA wiretaps in criminal prosecutions" (April 7). It seems that Jamshid Muhtorov, accused of providing support to a terrorist group, was a victim of FBI and National Security Agency surveillance, as his phone conversations were heard and his emails read. The article indicated that the evidence was gathered "under a 2008 law that authorizes foreign intelligence surveillance without warrants. " A basic legal tenet is that a defendant, through the discovery process, has the right to see the government's evidence.
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January 4, 2012
Contrary to letter writer Robert Sharpe's view, the war on drugs is more than war on people who smoke marijuana ("American's misguided war against marijuana," Jan. 1). It is a civil war on the fundamental rights to property, liberty and privacy that are secured by the 4 t h , 5 t h and 14 t h amendments to the Constitution. Responsible users of marijuana pose no threat to public safety, unlike those who abuse alcohol. The biggest threat to public safety comes from organized crime, gangs and the continued criminalization of marijuana.
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June 15, 2013
It is interesting to see Second Amendment enthusiasts like letter writer John Armstrong embracing a few county sheriffs' announced refusal to endorse Maryland's new gun law based on its unconstitutionality ("Sheriff's refusal to enforce gun law is victory for people," June 13). My last check of the Constitution shows that the Founders - whose wisdom is so often glorified by conservatives - used Article III and Article VI to specifically give the judicial branch the responsibility of determining the constitutionality of federal, state, and local laws.
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July 3, 2012
When President Barack Obama at his inauguration swore upon his word to the "best of my ability to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," he should have included, "except when I want to ignore it" ("Reform moves ahead," June 29). When our Constitution was ratified in 1789 it was the product of years of stubborn deliberations, significant writings, precise opinions and highly charged arguments between the most brilliant minds of the time. But it was because of this interplay that our Constitution has become the most important work in political history ever written for the establishment of a free and governed people.
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June 7, 2010
Who are we America? This is the question posed by the Fox News Channel's Glenn Beck last week. Whether you agree with his opinion or not, it is a question that each American should ask himself. Are we willing to accept a country that will be shaped by global governance? Are we willing to give up our national sovereignty and individual liberties to a "one world government"? Are we willing to settle for mediocrity in all things so as not to appear superior to any other nation?
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A proposed amendment to Maryland's constitution that would prevent funding diversions from the state's Transportation Trust Fund has been finalized — ready for voters to decide its fate in November. John P. McDonough, Maryland's secretary of state, certified the language of the proposed amendment last week. It will appear on Nov. 4 ballots as "Question 1. " The so-called "lockbox" amendment was pushed through late in last year's legislative session, and is aimed at preventing the trust fund — bolstered by the state's new gas tax — from being depleted for state needs unrelated to transportation.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland's new ban on assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, handing at least a temporary victory to state officials who say the measures could ward off mass shootings. A collection of gun owners, stores and industry groups had sued the state, saying the bans violated their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Judge Catherine C. Blake disagreed, writing flatly: "I find the law constitutional. " Blake's decision adds to a growing list of legal victories for states that have tightened their gun laws in recent years, even after the Supreme Court decided in 2008 that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.
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By Jonah Goldberg | August 4, 2014
Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution. On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design.
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July 20, 2014
Thomas Schaller's ironic and disturbing commentary in The Sun, "Not taxing U.S. corporations gives a pass to foreigners" (July 8) yielded two takeaways: (1) In the wake of the Supreme Court decisions in "Citizens United" and "Hobby Lobby," we need a Constitutional amendment that invalidates the preposterous concept of corporate personhood; and (2) Any corporation that sells its goods or services to Americans must pay corporate taxes in the U.S., whether they are chartered in Maryland, an overseas tax shelter, or another solar system.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
Will somebody please tell Sandra Fluke to shut up? Her fifteen minutes of fame are over and every time she opens her mouth she simply shows off how stupid she is ( "Musings on intolerant lefties and wars on women," May 18). There is no constitutional right to free contraceptives and the Hobby Lobby decision neither denies her access to contraceptives nor puts her employer in the position of making - and lets be honest about this - sexual relationship decisions for her. In fact, it empowers her to make her own sexual relationship decisions by spending her own money - which, by the way, is how it should be. There is no constitutional right to Viagra or any other erectile dysfunction medication either.
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Dan Rodricks | June 26, 2014
People of a certain age will appreciate this: Charles G. "Chuck" Bernstein, who loved being a Baltimore circuit judge so much that he made a federal case out of his mandatory retirement at 70, appears to have been elected a judge again. If the tally from Tuesday's primary holds up, Bernstein will return to the bench at the age of 75. He'll probably ride his bike to work, too. The Orphans' Court of Baltimore City does not require its three judges to retire at a particular age. (It didn't even require a law degree until four years ago.)
NEWS
October 10, 2013
In forcing the government to shut down, the Republicans are ignoring the fact that the Affordable Care Act has been duly passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, as prescribed by the Constitution. How a political party can get away with undermining the Constitution boggles the mind. Frederick Knowles, Chestertown
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June 2, 2014
As a peace activist who believes strongly in the First Amendment and as a proponent of animal rights, I really enjoyed reading Bruce Friedrich's commentary, "Everybody suffers when officers act like they're above the law" (May 29). Of particular interest was the Frederick Douglass quote: "To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker. It is just as criminal to rob a man of his right to speak and hear as it would be to rob him of his money.
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May 29, 2014
The atheists and humanists are at it again. Now, they want a federal judge to order the dismantling of the "Peace Cross," a memorial to Prince George's County's World War I war dead which has stood on public land since 1925 ( "Md. cross in church-state fight," May 26). The plaintiffs assert "that displaying the structure on public land 'amounts to the endorsement and advancement of religion (and specifically, an endorsement of and affiliation with Christianity),' in violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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