Equal Justice Under Law—Is Everyone Included?

Equal Justice Under Law—Is Everyone Included?

“Equal Justice Under Law.” Those are the words inscribed on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. The words are derived from the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that no state shall “deny to any person within its...
Invoking the Ninth Amendment

Invoking the Ninth Amendment

The meaning and importance of the Ninth Amendment has literally been debated since its inception when it was included in the Bill of Rights. The amendment states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage...
Meaning of American Flag Different for Everyone

Meaning of American Flag Different for Everyone

Known by many names, Stars & Stripes and Old Glory, to name a few, the U.S. flag has become an iconic American symbol of patriotism. Some denounce its desecration while others see that act as the true test of freedom. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental...
Is the Exclusionary Rule Still Relevant?

Is the Exclusionary Rule Still Relevant?

If you’ve ever watched an episode of Law & Order, you know that the police need a search warrant to enter your home. What you may not know is that was not always the case. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure...
Ignorance of the Law Is Not an Excuse

Ignorance of the Law Is Not an Excuse

If you are unaware you are breaking a law, should you be held accountable? In general, the law says yes. The legal principle of ignorantia juris non excusat (ignorance of the law excuses not) or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (ignorance of law excuses no one) is...
Rule of Law Applies to EVERYONE

Rule of Law Applies to EVERYONE

In many countries around the world, citizens are subject to the arbitrary rulings of dictators or those in power. In the United States, even though it is never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, citizens are governed by the concept of the rule of law, the principle...