March 18, 2008
Supreme Court: District of Columbia v. Heller
This is the case questioning the constitutionality, on Second Amendment grounds, of DC's gun statute. The question on cert is:
Whether provisions of the D.C. Code generally barring the registration of handguns, prohibiting carrying a pistol without a license, and requiring all lawful firearms to be kept unloaded and either disassembled or trigger locked violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes?
The oral argument transcript from Tuesday, March 18, 2008 is here, and it is fascinating, both for the statutory issues that arose (placements of commas were discussed) and for the interpretive aspects of the Second Amendment. The Oyez page on the case is here, but the recording of oral argument was not, as of 3 o'clock, yet there.The Associated Press's take on the case is here.
2d Am Oral Argument
It's live on CNN, here, at least for now. I'll post the "permanent" link later.
March 17, 2008
Supreme Court to Address FCC Policy on "Fleeting Expletives." The FCC fines broadcasters if a live, fleeting swear word is used; the Supremes have granted cert to consider the regulation's constitutionality. Read about it here.
Supremes to Hold Oral Argument over Paralegal Fees under Equal Access to Justice Act. The statutes, 5 U.S.C. § 504; 28 U.S.C. § 2412, are here. An article about the case, and the stakes, by Marcia Coyle is here.
Lobbying Revenue a $50B Business (Holy Cow!). You can read the report here.