Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

Every American is familiar with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Some may even be able to sing it or at least get through “O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light….” On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed the law that would officially designate “The...
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...