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Crime and Punishment

Unconscionable: Vet Dies With Maggots Crawling In His Wound, Four Employees At VA Hospital Immediately Resign

The real crime here is the total ambivalence coming from veterans serving in the Congress. Allowing the VA to operate as it does is a national embarrassment enabled by the likes of John McCain and others who have not lifted a finger to end this nightmare for our veterans. Truly unconscionable.


California set to enact criminalization of airing secret recordings, backed by Planned Parenthood

(WashingtonTimes.com) A bill that would amend the California penal code to criminalize disseminating secretly recorded conversations with health care providers is set to pass after state lawmakers reached a compromise on Tuesday.

Email Questions Submitted to Hillary Clinton – Written Answers, Under Oath, Due September 29

fgki5rtrer(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced it submitted questions to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton concerning her email practices.  Clinton’s answers, under oath, are due on September 29.  On August 19, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted Judicial Watch further discovery on the Clinton email matter and ordered Clinton to answer the questions “by no later than thirty days thereafter….”  Under federal court rules, Judicial Watch is limited to twenty-five questions.

Princess Anne Town Commissioner Charged With Extortion

(PRINCESS ANNE, MD) – – A Princess Anne Town Commissioner in the county seat of Somerset County, Md. has been arrested and charged in connection with an extortion scheme to keep a candidate from running for county commissioner.

Breaking: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Maryland's Second Amendment Rights

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Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in the Kolbe v. Hogan case (formerly Kolbe v. O’Malley), which challenged the Firearm Safety Act (FSA) (SB 281, rammed through by the O'Malley administration in 2013). 

Essentially the Court vacated the district court’s denial of the Plaintiff’s Second Amendment claims and sent the case back to the district court to apply strict scrutiny. 

Highlights:

• Court found that FSA does substantially infringe upon the 2nd Amendment.

• The court acknowledged the 2nd Amendment Right to individual self-defense.

• The court recognized an individual’s right to self-defense in the home.

• The court acknowledged that AR15’s (and similar rifles) and 10+ round clips are commonly possessed weapons.

• Rejected the state’s argument that magazines are not covered by the 2nd Amendment

• Stated that Maryland is trying to circumvent the law by prohibiting independent components.

• Rejected the state’s “dangerous” argument.

• Found the ban on magazines and rifles substantially burdens the fundamental rights of citizens.

• Cited legitimate and lawful reasons for citizens to prefer semi-automatic rifles.

• Found the law substantially burdens the right to arm oneself at home.

Notable Quotes from the opinion:

“First, the FSA’s ban on semi-automatic rifles and larger-capacity magazines burdens the availability and use of a class of arms for self-defense in the home, where the protection afforded by the Second Amendment is at its greatest.”

“Second, we conclude that the challenged provisions of the FSA substantially burden this fundamental right. The burden imposed in this case is not merely incidental. Maryland law imposes a complete ban on the possession by law-abiding citizens of AR-15 style rifles—the most popular class of centerfire semi-automatic rifles in the United States. As we explained in Section III.A., these weapons are protected under the Second Amendment.”

“We therefore struggle to see how Maryland’s law would not substantially burden the core Second Amendment right to defend oneself and one’s family in the home with a firearm that is commonly possessed by law-abiding citizens for such lawful purposes.”

“Moreover, the FSA also reaches every instance where an AR-15 platform semi-automatic rifle or LCM might be preferable to handguns or bolt-action rifles--for example hunting, recreational shooting, or competitive marksmanship events, all of which are lawful purposes protected by the Constitution.”

“As Judge Kavanaugh noted in dissent in Heller II, prohibiting this group of weapons might be ‘equivalent to a ban on a category of speech’.”

“Contrary to the district court’s conclusion, the fact that handguns, bolt-action and other manually-loaded long guns, and, as noted earlier, a few semi-automatic rifles are still available for self-defense does not mitigate this burden.”

The full opinion can be found at:  http://michellawyers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Kolbe-v.-Hogan_Opinion.pdf

Texas lawyer files federal 'birther' suit against Ted Cruz

HOUSTON (AP) — A veteran attorney in Ted Cruz's hometown of Houston has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Canadian-born senator's eligibility to be president.


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--John Marshall

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