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The government of dissenters

Part of being a public servant is accepting the criticism and sometimes nasty opinions of your constituents. It’s unfortunate that people speak without thinking, but it is our God-given (and constitutional) right to speak our mind–so long as our freedom of speech does not defame someone Continue reading

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Constitutional Law / Government

Penumbras and the ‘right to privacy’

In Griswold v Connecticut, the Court ruled that a Connecticut state law prohibiting the use of contraception violated the “right to privacy” found in penumbras (shadows) of the Constitution via the First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Amendments. These penumbras, or zones of privacy, were made up terms used by the justices to express their displeasure with such a silly law Continue reading