In 2009, a police officer reported misconduct in his Brooklyn precinct to NYPD investigators. Three weeks later, on Halloween night, a senior chief and other police bosses ordered him dragged out of his apartment and thrown into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward. And then, it emerged, that he ha ... More >>
Last week President Obama, inspired by December's Newtown shootings, announced 23 executive actions, and proposed some legislation, to address gun violence. The actions are rather mild ("Require criminal background checks for all gun sales," "Nominate an ATF Director," etc.) and the legislation prob ... More >>
It appears that media mogul Rupert Murdoch may have some level of, dare I say, morality and compassion inside of him. A day after New York Magazine reported that higher-ups at Fox News directed producers and reporters to avoid engaging in gun-control talk, Murdoch's New York Post published an edit ... More >>
Unlike some states (we're looking in your direction, Arizona), in New York it takes a little more than a trigger finger to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun -- under state law, a person needs to have "proper cause" to carry a concealed firearm."Proper cause" is defined as "a special need for ... More >>
The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York ruled today that parts of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) are unconstitutional because they discriminate against same-sex couples.But don't get your hopes up just yet -- the issue of DOMA's constitutionality will li ... More >>
The Obama administration's efforts to enshrine sweeping 9/11-era rollbacks of civil liberties and constitutional rights as federal law hit a serious roadblock yesterday, as a federal judge struck down clauses of the National Defense Authorization Act as unconstitutional. The offending section of th ... More >>
As the years-long legal battle over New York's park artists crawls closer toward a conclusion, their main representative has submitted yet another court filing accusing the city of treating them differently from performers, violating the U.S. Constitution, and misconstruing facts. In a request to i ... More >>
Last week President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to pass the DREAM Act, sort of enacted DREAM Lite himself, temporarily allowing young illegal immigrants who'd come here as kids off the deportation hook. Mainstream conservative reaction ranged from discomfiture -- because Republicans had be ... More >>
Talk about throwing around the c-word! The Constitution, that is. (Don't give us that look! What word did you think we meant?) Anyway, opponents of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's supersized soda ban might argue in court that the proposed measure is unconstitutional, citing the commerce clause as proof ... More >>
It's fair to call it the Obama Effect: leaders in the black community, old and young, political and cultural, are coming out of the closet to back same-sex marriage. And they are a motley crew, from the legacy NAACP, to the rapper 50 Cent, who just a couple years ago suggested that if you're a man " ... More >>
By a vote of two to one, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that California's Proposition is unconstitutional. Simply put: even though more Californians voted for Prop 8 than not, that proposition was a violation of the constitution of the United States of America, according to the ... More >>
"Several hours"At this very moment, politicians are reading the United States Constitution on the floor of the House of Representatives. The exercise is some sort of symbolic act, led by the newly Republican majority, but also including Democrats, lest they be called terrorists. The reading i ... More >>
And why we like to hit them so much
Since the Republicans -- with the help of those Revolutionary-War reenactors in the Tea Party -- scored big in the 2010 elections, they've been bringing up the U.S. Constitution a lot. Incoming House Speaker John Boehner pushes the GOP "Pledge to America" promise "to honor the Constitution as constr ... More >>
"The good ol' days.."What with the looming holiday season and the busiest travel days of the year, along with the TSA's most recent security measures, there's a significant debate brewing over who's right, who's wrong, and what, exactly, is going too far. Many have reported being patted down "ina ... More >>
Operation Streamline Costs Millions, Tramples the Constitution, Treats Migrants Like Cattle, and Doesn't Work
For all their dithering around "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" over the past two years, President Obama and Congress have been let off the hook. No need to finish off that survey to see how the troops feel about serving with the gays, because federal judge Virginia Phillips has halted all discharges under ... More >>
Our e-mail box was flooded this morning with desperate pleas to call our state senator and demand that gay marriage come up for a vote during the special session of the New York state legislature called his week by Governor Paterson. But we wondered, just days after a legislative victory wa ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 28, 1962, Vol. VII, No. 36 School Prayer Unconstitutional Monday's Supreme Court decision declaring recitation of the New York State Regents' prayer in the public schools unconstitutional was largely due to the efforts of two Villagers ... More >>
As you may have read in Press Clips' "Is Hillary ineligible for her new job? Of course she is," some people are saying that Hillary Clinton is Constitutionally prevented from becoming Secretary of State, to which post Barack Obama this week appointed her, because the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Co ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 15, 1958, Vol. III, No. 51 [For the most part, in these Clip Jobs, I've been selecting just one item from a consecutive issue for each day's post. But I'm going to do something different for the next three days. Here's why: 1958's Is ... More >>
New Jersey student-warrior for the Constitution gets a death threat
Chancellor Joel Klein's plan to turn students into active citizens for the Constitution
Hell hath no fury like a mother scorned
U.S. court rules our government can break international laws to keep us safe
Verbatim: A sampler of meaningless statements by Samuel Alito
More eyewitnesses to U.S. torture of detainees pierce the Bush administration's cover-up
Gay nups may have become inevitable, but for now it's a world of pain
Get me an activist judge! Prez rides hard for Christian right
A compilation of electoral college crash courses
From John Ashcroft's lips to God's ear
If Gay Marriage Is the Question, Civil Unions Aren't the Answer
Rewriting the Constitution
Alone on the Floor of the House
Are They Africans or Americans?
Howard Safir I Am the Law!
'What Was the State of Georgia Doing in Hardwick's Bedroom?'
'Khallid Muhammad Makes the Jews Pee in Their Pants at Night'
A 'Typical, Spiteful, Get-Back-at-Them Attitude'