Thomas Wheatley's Journal

Thoughtful commentary on matters of law, public policy, and politics.

If You Don’t Like Gerrymandering, Complain To Your Representatives, Not To Courts

On March 26, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases out of Maryland and North Carolina concerning what plaintiffs…

Banish hatred … but Virginia’s paramilitary prohibition is unconstitutional

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring wants to extinguish hate in Virginia. For that, he deserves heaps of praise. But in…

Standing against tyrants remains our burden, a century after ‘Great War’

In the spring of 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, a Canadian army doctor and officer wrote a poem…

The Kavanaugh Debacle Requires More Reason, Less Empathy

Few events in modern American government can set the internet ablaze like a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy. This…

The juvenile case behind the effort to revoke the Trump hotel’s liquor license

A group of citizens and their lawyer filed a complaint against the Trump International Hotel demanding the hotel’s liquor license be revoked. Under D.C. law,…

In cakeshop case, Justice Kennedy takes left-wing bigotry to task

When the word came down on Monday that the Supreme Court had sided with Colorado​ ​baker Jack Phillips (the besieged…

Remembering a major victory for free speech, 40 years later

A landmark Supreme Court decision marked its 40th birthday late last month. It’s worth celebrating. The case, known as First National Bank…

Why Single-Payer Health Care Denies Care To Sick Children Like Alfie Evans

Once again, a single-payer health-care system has attracted international attention for its moral depravity. The case concerns Alfie Evans, a…

Supreme Court can reinforce free speech with Rod Blagojevich case

Five years into his jail sentence for corruption, former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich is down to his last appeal, now…

Illinois town’s ‘assault weapon’ ban is unconstitutional fear-mongering

The small village of Deerfield, Ill., and its recent decision to ban assault weapons is making headlines across the country. The measure…

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