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March 8, 2013
In his letter opposing reasonable gun control, Doug McNeil asserts that the government cannot require a license or fingerprints as a condition of gun ownership because gun ownership is a constitutional right ("Gun licensing won't reduce crime," March 3). But both requirements are routinely imposed on the exercise of other constitutional rights. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that marriage is a fundamental right. Yet, as everyone who has ever been married in this country knows, every state requires that couples obtain a marriage license before they can marry.
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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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NEWS
June 29, 2011
A delusional progressive mindset has polluted the American legal system ( "ICE raid suit alleges gang death threat" June 26). For the ACLU to claim illegal immigrants have constitutional rights on the taxpayers dime goes beyond ridiculous. For the American University to voluntarily bastardize our legal system by promoting this behavior through its own "school of law" is not only beyond ridiculous but wholeheartedly un-American. To claim an illegal has constitutional rights protecting their desire to live in this nation is entirely contradictory to the legal immigration process and only serves to deprive legal citizens of opportunity.
NEWS
July 3, 2014
Your editorial on the Hobby Lobby ruling is correct in saying that by limiting full access to contraceptives, the Supreme Court's decision likely will lead to more unwanted pregnancies and the social harms they cause ( "Corporations trump people in Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision," June 30). Furthermore, The Sun accurately stated that companies would now be able to argue other matters on the basis of "religious freedom," at the expense of freedoms the Constitution originally granted to individuals.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
State Del. Jon S. Cardin's recent commentary on Garrett County Sheriff Robert Corley is full of half truths and lies ("The lawless sheriffs of Maryland," June 17). Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a laughingstock, and I challenge Delegate Cardin to note where he got that lie from. I searched the web and nowhere is this found except by Jon Cardin. Sheriff Arpaio was elected to a sixth term last year in Arizona, after having taken strong steps in 2008 to correct past issues, including stopping controversial saturation sweeps that targeted and detained immigrants.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | October 30, 2011
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated... " - Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States Just in case you forgot. There has been, after all, an appalling amount of forgetting where that amendment is concerned. And New York City has become the epicenter of the amnesia. Yes, the "stop and frisk" policy of questioning and searching people a cop finds suspicious is used elsewhere as well.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 9, 2014
Here is what he said: "...all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be. " It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don't believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don't believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 12, 2002
WASHINGTON - U.S. authorities overseas have interrogated a second suspect in the alleged al-Qaida plot to detonate a radioactive bomb in America, officials said yesterday, as investigators scrambled to determine if other accomplices are in the United States, Switzerland, Egypt or elsewhere. U.S. officials also said the so-called "dirty bomb" plan apparently called for stealing radioactive material from an unidentified American university laboratory. Low-level nuclear isotopes are widely used in medicine, research and other fields.
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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.
NEWS
December 20, 1992
* Morton Stavis, 77, a civil liberties lawyer and a founder of the Center for Constitutional Rights, died Thursday of head injuries sustained in a fall in Laguna Beach, Calif.
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.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
Public employees have a right to be represented by a union and to collective bargaining in states like Maryland where the law allows it. And the only way such a system can work - at least on a practical level - is to require all those government workers represented by the union to pay for the costs of the bargaining that makes those benefits possible. Such an arrangement is commonplace and reasonable, yet it's being challenged in a lawsuit heard Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 9, 2014
Here is what he said: "...all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be. " It would seem to be a self-evident truth. After all, your First Amendment right to freedom of speech is regulated. If you don't believe it, write something libelous about a guy with deep pockets and man-eating lawyers. Your Fourth Amendment right to freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures is regulated and then some. If you don't believe that, pick up your phone and ask the NSA agent tapping your line.
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By Fred L. Pincus | December 24, 2013
With all the discussion of surveillance, meta-data and phone taps over the past few weeks, I can't help thinking of my own experience as a surveillee back in the 1970s when cruder methods were used. All of the reassurances that everything will be fine just don't work for me. I was an anti-war, anti-racist, socialist activist back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, although the only illegal thing that I did was to sit down in the Charles and Mulberry intersection in 1970 with several thousand others to protest the Vietnam War. I didn't know that the FBI was keeping tabs on me until I requested my files through the Freedom of Information Act in 1977.
NEWS
September 5, 2013
In response to Dan Rodricks ' recent column on New York's "stop-and-frisk" policing policies, I have one suggestion: Move to North Korea or Iran. Once there, you can eagerly support their lack of constitutional rights ( "We want your guns, not your drugs," Aug. 31). Mr. Rodricks claims that "the Constitution sometimes gets in the way of sweeping police practices believed intuitively to be effective. Baltimore police will need to balance aggressive gun enforcement in the shadow of the New York ruling, should it survive appeals.
NEWS
June 22, 2013
State Del. Jon S. Cardin's recent commentary on Garrett County Sheriff Robert Corley is full of half truths and lies ("The lawless sheriffs of Maryland," June 17). Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a laughingstock, and I challenge Delegate Cardin to note where he got that lie from. I searched the web and nowhere is this found except by Jon Cardin. Sheriff Arpaio was elected to a sixth term last year in Arizona, after having taken strong steps in 2008 to correct past issues, including stopping controversial saturation sweeps that targeted and detained immigrants.
NEWS
December 9, 2011
The robocalls made on behalf of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. were less cynical than Dan Rodricks ' column ("Drawing the line in cutthroat business of politics," Dec. 7). To describe protected political speech defenses as "hedging" betrays a sneering disbelief in basic First Amendment freedoms. Constitutional rights are not technicalities. Thomas F. McDonough, Towson
NEWS
August 7, 1991
For the first time in the history of the country, the United States government has officially come down on the side of a mob determined to prevent American citizens from exercising constitutional rights.That is the only conclusion one can draw from the action of the Department of Justice late yesterday in seeking to evade a federal judge's order in Wichita, Kan., enjoining anti-abortion groups from forcibly shutting down abortion clinics which are operating fully within the law.Make no mistake, the issue here is not abortion, nor is it the legitimate exercise of First Amendment rights of free speech or peaceable assembly.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
In the months before the election last fall, there was much heated debate about voter identification laws. The core argument made by the opposition was that any law that could impede one's ability to exercise a Constitutional right was a bad law. Where has all that outrage gone? Do those "protectors" of our Constitution still feel the same way or did they only care when they thought that it may affect their candidate's chances? Unfortunately, many of those who claimed to be defenders of our Constitutional rights have since gone mute, or even worse, are now supporting an assault on a different Constitutional right.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
In his letter opposing reasonable gun control, Doug McNeil asserts that the government cannot require a license or fingerprints as a condition of gun ownership because gun ownership is a constitutional right ("Gun licensing won't reduce crime," March 3). But both requirements are routinely imposed on the exercise of other constitutional rights. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that marriage is a fundamental right. Yet, as everyone who has ever been married in this country knows, every state requires that couples obtain a marriage license before they can marry.
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