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June 07, 2010
The Rise of the American Police State

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- In a follow-up to its May 2010 student symposium on the rise of the American police state, The Rutherford Institute is publishing the final pape...

March 11, 2010
McDonald v. City of Chicago

Insisting that the right to bear arms is a fundamental right of all Americans guaranteed by the Second Amendment and applies equally to the states and the federal gover...

December 14, 2009
Rutherford 2009 Case Summary Report

The Rutherford Institute 2009 Case Summary Report--a sample of Rutherford Institute cases currently making their way through the courts--is now available. 2009 Case ...

November 24, 2009
Reforming the Material Support Laws: Constitutional Concerns Presented by Prohibitions on Material Support to "Terrorist Organizations"

The Rutherford Institute is part of a bipartisan coalition of former government officials, scholars, practitioners, and other experts serving on the Constitution Projec...

November 19, 2009
A Dysfunctional Supreme Court: Remedies and a Comparative Analysis

"The time has surely come for an independent judicial appointments commission to be established ... to take Supreme Court appointments out of the hands of politicians a...

October 19, 2009
Teaching Public Schools the ABCs of the Constitution

Part I: The Rights of Religious Student Groups in Public Schools (Read Inside the Schoolhouse Gates: A Report on Religion in the Public Schools) (PDF) (Read Part...

May 27, 2009
The Surveillance State: A Glance at the Structure, Constitutional and Societal Impacts, and Solutions

"The Surveillance State: A Glance at the Structure, Constitutional and Societal Impacts, and Solutions" is an in-depth study of the surveillance state in the United Sta...

December 03, 2008
Rutherford 2008 Case Summary Report

The Rutherford Institute 2008 Case Summary Report--a sample of Rutherford Institute cases currently making their way through the courts--is now available. 2008 Case ...

August 04, 2008
Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum

The Rutherford Institute has filed an amicus brief in support of Summum, a religious organization which contends its free speech rights were violated when their propose...

June 26, 2008
The Constitution Protects an Individual's Right to Own Handguns: District of Columbia v. Heller

By Christopher Moriarty A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infring...

May 30, 2008
Partial Birth Abortion Statute Struck Down: Richmond Medical Center for Women v. Herring

By Rita Dunaway* On May 20, 2008, in Richmond Medical Center for Women v. Herring, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled that a Virginia la...

December 14, 2007
2007 Year-End Review: TRI Legal Developments

The following is a list of legal developments that have arisen over the past year in cases being handled by attorneys for The Rutherford Institute: Adair v. England,...

August 28, 2007
The Growing Use of Video Surveillance Demands Better Rules to Protect Privacy

As governments push for more video surveillance to fight crime and terrorism, John Whitehead and David Cole urge us to safeguard personal privacy and free expression, t...

July 25, 2007
Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance: A Guide to Protecting Communities and Preserving Civil Liberties

This special report, "Guidelines for Public Video Surveillance: A Guide to Protecting Communities and Preserving Civil Liberties," issued by the Constitution Project, e...

April 24, 2007
A Hollow Victory: A Legal Analysis of Gonzales v. Carhart

On April 18, 2007, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in what is sure to be considered the most important decision regarding abortion since the infamous...

April 17, 2007
Second Amendment: Congress Has the Right to Reasonably Regulate Arms

On March 9, 2007, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals took one step closer to settling a decades long battle over whether the Second Amendment guarantees the people an in...

March 19, 2007
America: Freedom to Fascism--A Critique

By David Caddell The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and ...

March 05, 2007
Standing to Sue? Hein v. FFRA

Do American taxpayers have a right to challenge how bureaucrats spend their tax funds? That is what the Supreme Court must decide in Hein v. Freedom from Religion Found...

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