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August 08, 2006
Silence in the School of Rock

by Rob Luther ...Hear my words that I might teach you... ...But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence. --Simon & Garfunkel ...

July 10, 2006
Kansas v. Marsh

by Rachel King On July 2, 2006, the United States reached a milestone with the 30th anniversary of Gregg v. Georgia, in which the Supreme Court reinstated the death ...

June 28, 2006
Virginia Law Places the Privacy of College Students in Jeopardy

By Dave Caddell Under a new Virginia law, as of July 1, 2006, every college and university in the state will be required to provide state law enforcement officials w...

June 27, 2006
Balancing Liberty: Free Speech v. Indecency

By Michael Westermann On Thursday, June 15, 2006, President Bush signed into law a new FCC regulation that aims to place a significantly higher fine on broadcast tel...

June 22, 2006
Hill v. McDonough

On June 12, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in Hill v. McDonough, ruling that prisoners facing execution may have access to the courts to challenge ...

June 08, 2006
Coming Out of the Broom Closet

We are not evil. We don't harm or seduce people. We are not dangerous. We are ordinary people like you. We have families, jobs, hopes, and dreams. We are not a cult...

April 21, 2006
The Ten Commandments of Graduation Prayer

As parents, students, teachers and school officials prepare for commencement exercises, questions continue to be raised regarding what role prayer is allowed to play du...

March 21, 2006
Power Grab Mocks Amendment

BY CLAUDINE L. FERRELL From the Freelance Star My brother, who has spent more than three decades with the Air Force as either an officer or a civilian employee, bri...

March 17, 2006
Neglected Check to Federal Power

BY ROBERT F. MCDONNELL From the Freelance Star The Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads very much like a recently discovered, long lost classic by a famou...

March 13, 2006
Curbing Abuse of the Convicted

By Jay Ambrose From the Freelance Star The purpose of the Bill of Rights, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in encouraging the amendments to the Constitution, was to "guard...

March 07, 2006
Civil Jury Trials Define Democracy

By William Ledbetter From the Freelance Star JUDGE: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, have you reached a verdict? JURY FOREPERSON: We have, Your Honor. JUDGE:...

March 01, 2006
The Rights of Churches and Political Involvement

Since the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which authorized Congress to impose a federal income tax, Congress has consistently...

February 24, 2006
Fundamental Rights Assured

By James W. Haley Jr. From the Freelance Star Written by George Mason and adopted in 1776 by the Virginia legislature, the Virginia Declaration of Rights provided a...

February 20, 2006
Property Rights are Guaranteed but Not Absolute

By H. Clark Leming From the Freelance Star Search the Bill of Rights for a provision establishing your right to hold and convey property and you will not find it. I...

February 13, 2006
Right to Privacy is Eroding

By John W. Whitehead Around 9:40 one night, Estelle Newcomb's otherwise quiet evening was interrupted by the unexpected crash of her door being kicked in. Local ...

February 07, 2006
'Double Jeopardy' Protection

By Jack King From The Freelance Star How many times can a prosecutor haul you into court and put you on trial for the same traffic ticket? Until he wins? How muc...

January 30, 2006
The Forgotten Freedom

By Andrew P. Morriss From The Freelance Star The Third Amendment states that "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of t...

January 27, 2006
Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood

By Dave Caddell On January 18, 2006, the United States Supreme Court handed down its most recent opinion related to the evolving issue of abortion. The issue being a...

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