Category Archives: Law

Sutherland applauds Supreme Court decision on town-meeting prayer

Sutherland Institute believes the United States Supreme Court made the correct decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. In ruling that government should not become “supervisors and censors of religious speech” when it comes to prayer offered at the start … Continue reading

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Michigan judge’s dismissal of research was unbelievable

This op-ed by William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland’s Center for Family and Society, was published March 29 in The Salt Lake Tribune. What does “unbelievable” mean? To most of us, it means that something is clearly not true or … Continue reading

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Hobby Lobby at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby religious freedom case is important for many reasons; I’ll just cite a couple. First, the precedent set in the law because of the decision will either strengthen or weaken the ability of … Continue reading

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Sutherland statement on state brief filed with 10th Circuit Court

Utah’s articulation of its interest in marriage is brilliant. Combined with several forthcoming amicus filings, the state’s case is impenetrable. The people of Utah can have confidence that their overwhelming majority view of marriage and family has been well represented. … Continue reading

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Lawyers and the integrity of Lincoln

I am currently reading a biography of Abraham Lincoln by Henry Ketcham, titled The Life of Abraham Lincoln. This book (fortunately part of the public domain) goes into some detail to illustrate the integrity and honesty of the 16th president … Continue reading

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How Judge Shelby got the 14th Amendment wrong

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution has been at the epicenter of most controversial court decisions over the past 40 years. … Continue reading

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Clueless AG Office lawyers opened door for Shelby’s specious ruling

This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Four days is a long time for me to be silent about the “gay marriage” ruling in Utah. I’ve thought through this, read … Continue reading

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What Justice Scalia really said

A recent opinion piece in The Salt Lake Tribune tried to recruit Justice Antonin Scalia to the cause of redefining marriage. Here’s the passage: Even Justice Antonin Scalia, an ardent foe of gay rights, has recognized the folly of Utah’s … Continue reading

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‘The American Illness’: How the legal system drags down our economy

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. A friend of mine who teaches law at George Mason University in Virginia has edited a new book titled, The American Illness: … Continue reading

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What can we expect from judges?

The American Civil Liberties Union has decided to bring lawsuits in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia alleging the U.S. Constitution mandates redefining marriage in those states’ laws to include same-sex couples. It was probably not a good sign that shortly … Continue reading

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Slate gets it right on Zimmerman

Left-of-center Slate Magazine published a thoughtful take on the Zimmerman/Martin case. Author William Saletan decided to watch all seven hours of closing arguments and came to this conclusion: The problem at the core of this case wasn’t race or guns. … Continue reading

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The Constitutional duty to defend the law … until you decide not to

Imagine a world where abandoning your oath to defend the laws of the land, in order to forward your own ideological beliefs, is rewarded by those who are supposed to protect the rule of law. You have now entered the … Continue reading

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DOMA ruling reveals ultimate goal of “gay rights” activists

The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Recent Supreme Court decisions regarding homosexual rights have confirmed the validity of the old adage that, “The devil always oversteps his bounds.” … Continue reading

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Privacy and bad behavior

Forty-seven years ago in the Griswold case, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment to the Constitution “has a penumbra where privacy is protected from governmental intrusion.” A “penumbra” is a shadow and seven of the nine … Continue reading

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Don’t vote blindly on judges: Here’s where to find information

In all even-numbered years, Utahns have the opportunity to choose whether judges should keep their jobs for another term in office. In the 2010 election, many voters were frustrated by the lack of useful information about the judges on whom … Continue reading

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