Thomas Wheatley's Journal

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

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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…

The Sinclair Debacle Is a Big, Juicy Nothingburger

The national press is outraged after a video surfaced revealing Sinclair Broadcast Group’s decision to have its local news anchors…

Maine’s campaign laws hurt a free press

Political spats in Maine are threatening free press rights, and a bad law is at the source of it all….

Did you enjoy ‘Fire and Fury’? You can thank Citizens United for it

If you like Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” be thankful for the Supreme Court’s…

Probable cause is not a bludgeon for the thought police

When former U.S. Marine Corps officer Fane Lozman approached the lectern during a Riviera Beach City Council meeting to air…

West Virginians should reject a misguided call for less political speech

As the saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s especially true in politics. The most…

President Trump And The Issue Of Free Speech

Donald Trump is hardly the first public official to want to get back at his critics using libel laws. If…

President Trump should nominate Trey Gowdy for the 4th Circuit

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) may be leaving Congress, but that doesn’t mean he’s done with public life. The conservative pit…

D.C.’s Fair Elections Act would give more power to the powerful

The D.C. public trough is about to have another mouth to feed: politicians. The so-called Fair Elections Act of 2017, a…

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