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Author: Timothy Sandefur The Glendale Redevelopment Agency has again postponed its meeting and will not be meeting tomorrow to discuss the Golden Key Hotel. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2011 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur That ought to be the headline here. Glendale redevelopment bureaucrats have prepared a report saying the city should enter into an exclusive development agreement with a powerful private developer to develop land that currently belongs to somebody... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur This got buried by this week’s big health care and delta smelt news, but the Supreme Court decided Monday that it will not review the eminent domain case from New York that involves Columbia University. PLF filed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur My colleague Daniel Himebaugh makes some great points about the paper "The Four Cultures," but there's a deeper irony at work in the authors' decision to borrow the language of the late, great C.P. Snow. As I've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Prof. Barnett's example was poorly chosen--and yet it supports his argument. It was poorly chosen because Congress does have the constitutional authority to require individuals to purchase firearms--under Art. I sec. 8 cl. 12, which gives Congress power "to provide for...arming...the militia." To "arm" is a verb one employs to indicate requiring a person to act when that person is not currently acting. It differs from the language of the commerce clause, which gives Congress only power to "regulate commerce," a word that tends to apply to commercial traffic that is already ongoing. One may find this argument unconvincing, but it is at least a reasonable interpretation of the langauge, and the difference between the more active verb "arming" and the more passive description of a noun--"commerce"--in fact supports Barnett's argument that the commerce clause does not allow Congress to compel people who are not currently engaged in commerce to do so.
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Mar 15, 2010
PLF attorney Timothy Sandefur (R) with Alan Gura, attorney for Chicago gun-owners Author: Timothy Sandefur I attended the oral argument in McDonald v. Chicago this morning. As the early reports indicate, the justices asked relatively few questions about the meaning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur My talk about McDonald starts in two minutes. You can watch online here. Update: CSPAN has archived the talk here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur Forbes' "Business in The Beltway" blog has a report on the Jeffrey Skilling case, argued in the Supreme Court this afternoon: Congress passed Section 1346 in 1988 after the Supreme Court rejected a common interpretation of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur I talked to Armstrong and Getty this morning in the 8 o'clock hour about the ADA and its disastrous effects on businesses. You can hear the podcast here. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2010 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur Today, we at the Pacific Legal Foundation are filing this friend of the court brief in the crucial gun rights case now pending before the United States Supreme Court. The brief, which was co-signed by our friends... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2009 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur Tomorrow morning, I’ll be arguing in a southern California trial court on behalf of Janet Auxier, a businesswoman in the desert community of Hesperia, about an hour east of Los Angeles. She owns a business called The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur Voters in Arnold, Missouri, have thrown out of office the mayor and city council members who were behind the plan to seize PLF client Homer Tourkakis’ business and give the land to a private developer. (left to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2009 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur The Pacific Legal Foundation files a lot of friend-of-the-court briefs in cases involving the Federal Arbitration Act. This isn’t the sort of thing that grabs headlines, and sometimes people wonder why we would care about something that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2009 at PLF Liberty Blog
Author: Timothy Sandefur This week, PLF's Economic Liberty Project filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case coming out of Maryland, where state law forbids corporations from owning funeral homes. Only individuals can own funeral homes--and only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2009 at PLF Liberty Blog