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Nature Bites Russian Woman In The Ass: Sea Turtle Almost Drowns Her.

Since I posted my announcement regarding a shift in my blog’s commentary tone, the uncanny algorithms that follow me around the internet have taken my new-found focus on the bizarre a little too seriously. I am now bombarded with social media posts regarding the wacky and bizarre in our world....

When Hollywood Meets Reality: Baltimore Drug Dealers Try To Extort TV Show.

Put me down as being willing to move commitments and fly to Baltimore, Maryland tomorrow to defend two alleged drug dealers who allegedly attempted to extort Natalie Portman’s latest show “Lady In The Lake” as it was being filmed in their territory. The defense is perfect. They were engaged in...

A Kid’s Dream Job: Canadian Company Is Hiring A Chief Candy Officer

Someone tell Canada or New Jersey to make every kid’s dream come true and create an exemption to their child labor laws. Canadian candy manufacturer, Candy Funhouse, intends to hire a Chief Candy Officer to work out of its Canadian or New Jersey locations. Where was this job when I...

Announcement Regarding Future Changes To Website & Anticipated Maintenance.

Readers, As of June 1, 2022, I began to review and revise this website to make necessary changes that I feel will make it easier to navigate and that will shift its focus a bit. I anticipate completing those changes and relaunching a completely revamped website in the next two...

A Small Step For Guns, A Giant Shift In Constitutional Analysis: Did The Supreme Court Rewrite Constitutional Analysis In NYSRPA v. Bruen?

On June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s pistol permitting regime as violating the Second Amendment. The regime vested virtually unlimited discretion in police officers and other officials on whether to issue a person a concealed carry permit, and it required applicants to show a special...

Roe v. Wade’s Abortion Ushers In A New Era Of Conservative Rights Jurisprudence.

On June 24, 2022 in Dobbs v. Jackson Women‘s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court aborted Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, overturning its recognition of a woman’s right to an abortion. The opinions are lengthy, and I have analyzed them in some fashion on Twitter, which...

Coping With An Unenforceable Bill Of Rights: A Historical End-Run To The U.S. Supreme Court’s Nullification Of The Bill of Rights.

On June 8, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an innkeeper who got manhandled by a U.S. Border Patrol agent for refusing to act as a confidential informant could not sue the agent for First and Fourth Amendment violations. In doing so, it eliminated a 40-year-old rule that gave...

Have Boston Celtics Fans Provided A Basis To Overrule 40 Years Of Supreme Court Precedent?

“Bullshit! Bullshit! Bullshit!” “Fuck you, Draymond!” “Fuck you, Draymond!” Those slogans have become nightly chants for Boston Celtics fans at TD Garden through four games of the NBA Finals. Having been to TD Garden for a Game 7 playoff game, I can assure you that they are very loud about...

The Imminent Overruling of Roe v. Wade? A Few Candid Thoughts Regarding Justice Alito’s Leaked Opinion.

Readers of this blog and anyone who knows me in any detail will likely testify that I do not mince words when it comes to the topic of abortion. I believe that it is the intentional, premeditated murder of another human being. I do not believe that moral exceptions exist...

School Vaccination Requirements & Connecticut’s Imminent “Educational Neglect” Crisis.

My colleagues at Pattis & Smith, LLC and I have the honor of representing parents challenging Connecticut’s repeal of the religious exemption to school vaccination requirements. We have repeatedly warned that it violates the First Amendment and the Connecticut constitution as well as every principle that gave birth to the...

U.S. Supreme Court Revives A Terrible First Amendment Exception – City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising, LLC

Hell no. Those words were the first two that I uttered when I opened the syllabus for the U.S. Supreme Court’s April 21, 2022 decision in City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising, LLC. The syllabus clearly indicated that the Supreme Court had revived its commercial speech exception to the...

Sign Colin Kaepernick And Be Done With It.

Colin Kaepernick is an unmitigated, race-baiting radical who has embraced an ideology that has declared war on the American way of life. He’s also a quarterback who is certainly good enough to start and, even after a long hiatus, has the potential to perform well in the NFL. The clips...

Suicide By Apology: Is Rogan’s Apology The Latest?

Over the past few days, people have raged about a video compilation of Joe Rogan uttering “nigger,” “nigga,” and other iterations of the word on his podcast. From what I have seen, it does not appear that Rogan referred to any specific person as a “nigger” or a “nigga.” His...

A Discriminatory Supreme Court Pick: The Senate Should Enforce The 14th Amendment Against Biden.

A pledge to nominate a black woman to the United States Supreme Court won Joe Biden plenty of laureates from the woke mob that thinks skin color is a virtue or an evil, depending on what color it is. It also drew plenty of howls from Republican and conservative attack...

Trump’s First Impeachment: When A Federal Prosecutor Tangles With Jury Nullification And Loses….

This past weekend, I had occasion to critically read Adam Schiff’s Midnight In Washington. Schiff served as the lead House prosecutor for then-President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial, and Midnight in Washington is his account of Trump’s “indictment” by the House and his impeachment trial in the Senate. Schiff’s account...

Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Denial of A Stay In NY Healthcare Workers’ Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied 6-3 Pattis & Smith, LLC’s application for a stay of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for New York healthcare workers on behalf of We The Patriots USA, Inc., Diane Bono, Michelle Melendez, and Michelle Synakowski. In a related case, Justices Gorsuch and Alito...

The Nuremberg Follies: Why The Nuremberg Code Was Meaningless The Day It Was Written & Remains So.

Periodically, I get deluged with emails and messages from folks searching for any legal basis to resist COVID-19 mandates. A common refrain in these communications is a desperate reliance on the Nuremberg Code as providing some sort of controlling legal authority in the United States. I generally ignore these communications....

Breaking: Pattis & Smith, LLC Files For U.S. Supreme Court Relief On Behalf Of New York Healthcare Workers & We The Patriots USA, Inc.

At 4:55 PM, Sunday, October 31, 2021, my colleagues Norm Pattis and Austin Voss and I filed an emergency application with the United States Supreme Court seeking to block New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate’s elimination of religious exemptions. Our firm, Pattis & Smith, LLC, and we appreciate the confidence that...

Supreme Court Bound: NY Healthcare Workers Will Take An Appeal To The United States Supreme Court.

I have unfortunate news to announce. The Second Circuit issued an order today denying our clients’ bid to obtain a preliminary injunction against New York COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers that eliminates religious exemptions. The Second Circuit has promised a forthcoming opinion, but it has issued its order without...

Pattis & Smith Oral Arguments In Religious Exemption Cases Against Vaccine Mandates.

On October 27, 2021, the law firm of Pattis & Smith, LLC will present oral argument in two landmark religious exemption lawsuits against vaccines mandates. At 2:00 PM on October 27, 2021, I will argue on behalf of We The Patriots USA, Inc. and three New York nurses – Diane...

The “Liberty Way:” What To Make of Liberty University’s Latest Sex Scandal.

Readers of this blog know that I rarely commit to loyalty. People and organizations who remain sincere and consistent in their principles and values are very rare. Readers have seen me severely criticize the law school I attended for its culture of hypocrisy. Thus, it should come as no surprise...

Gagged In Arizona: How A Restraining Order Now Perpetuates The U.S. Government Cover-Up Jodi O’Malley Exposed.

I have the good fortune to be part of a firm – Pattis & Smith, LLC – that strongly believes in free speech and opposing government overreach. To be effective in the latter, our client – Jodi O’Malley – needs every iota of her free speech rights. When she became...

Oral Argument In The Second Circuit On Behalf Of New York Healthcare Workers.

UPDATE: The Second Circuit issued an order on October 13, 2021 at approximately 2 PM EST postponing the October 14, 2021 oral argument in this case until further notice. Likewise, I have cancelled the press conference at 10 AM as I will not be in New York. On October 14,...

A Looming Compelled Speech Fight: Could California’s Ethnic Studies Law Force High School Students To Profess White Privilege?

On October 8, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that requires all California high school students to take an ethnic studies class before they graduate high school. Many critics have called the new law an excuse to force critical race theory into school curriculums. Critical race...

Merits Reply Brief In NY Healthcare Workers’ COVID-19 Vaccination Case.

This week concluded briefing in the Second Circuit of Appeals for my clients – We The Patriots USA, Inc., Diane Bono, Michelle Melendez, and Michelle Synakowski. They are challenging New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers. You can find my opening brief here. New York’s brief is here. My...

Statement On Behalf Of Project Veritas Whistleblower Jodi O’Malley.

Today, Jodi O’Malley – a Project Veritas whistleblower – retained me to represent in matters pertaining to her statements to Project Veritas. The only public comment that I’ll make for now is below: “Ms. O’Malley pulled back the curtain on the United States government’s systematic disregard for human life and...

Victory In The Second Circuit On Behalf Of The New York Healthcare Workers Fighting NY’s Vaccine Mandate.

I have good news and bad news to announce today. I’ll start with the good news. The Second Circuit has granted, in part, my motion for an injunction pending appeal staying the enforcement of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate against healthcare workers who have religious exemptions. A full copy of...

Oral Argument Audio In New York’s Healthcare Workers Case At The Second Circuit

On September 29, 2021, I argued on behalf of We The Patriots USA, Inc., Diane Bono, Michelle Melendez, and Michelle Synakowski in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals where we asked the Second Circuit to enjoin New York’s mandate requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated over their religious objections or...

NY Healthcare Workers Second Circuit Oral Argument.

Today has been hectic. I got up at 6:00 AM and psyched myself up to try a case that I have been preparing for several weeks. After getting to the courthouse at 8:00 AM and horsing around with the marshals for half an hour, the clerk walked over to me...

Not So Fast In The Gabby Petito Case: Brian Laundrie May Not Have Murdered Her.

For the past two weeks, the United States has followed the disappearance of Florida college student, Gabby Petito, with an intense morbid curiosity. Even before her remains surfaced in a Wyoming state park and a coroner declared her cause of death to be murder, the entire country has leaped to...

Second Circuit Issues An Order Staying New York’s COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate For Healthcare Workers.

Approximately 30 minutes ago (current time 5:54 PM EST, September 24, 2021), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an order staying enforcement of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers in a case brought by four of my clients, including We The Patriots USA,...

Second Circuit Emergency Motion For An Injunction In New York Healthcare Workers’ Case

My firm has brought We The Patriots USA, Inc. and three New York nurses to their last stop before the U.S. Supreme Court in challenging New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for healthcare workers. Tonight, we filed a motion for an injunction pending appeal in the United States Court of Appeals...

Notice of Appeal In NY Healthcare Workers’ Vaccine Mandate Case.

Within an hour of my previous post announcing my office’s filing for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of We The Patriots USA, Inc., Diane Bono, Michelle Melendez, and Michelle Synakowski, the federal district court in New York denied it without explanation. We are disappointed in this...

Emergency Motion For TRO/Preliminary Injunction In NY Healthcare Workers’ Vaccine Mandate Case

Today, my office filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against New York Governor Kathleen Hochul and New York’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker on behalf of We The Patriots USA, Inc., and three brave New York nurses – Diane Bono, Michelle Melendez,...

Personal Beliefs, Not Religious Beliefs: Colorado Anoints Itself Supreme Arbiter Over Whether Alex Cullen’s Beliefs Are Religious.

I have seen some crazy iterations of blatant First Amendment violations in fighting college vaccine mandates, but the state of Colorado has managed to be so blatantly hostile to my client’s, Alex Cullen (a University of Colorado medical student), religious beliefs that it is the worst First Amendment violation I...

U.S. Supreme Court Petition: Hung Jury Retrials Violate The Double Jeopardy Clause & The Presumption Of Innocence.

Jermain Richards lived a hell that no one should ever have to live. Accused of murder and prosecuted on the slimmest of evidence including two medical examiners who could not state how the victim allegedly died, the jury in his first criminal trial failed to reach a unanimous verdict after...

Wokeness: Burning My Bridge With Quinnipiac School of Law.

They say that burning bridges completely is rarely wise. Sooner or later, the time comes when you’ll need to cross the bridges that you’ve burned. I am rarely wise so I have burned plenty of bridges in my day, and, after some reflection this week, I have come to the...

The Tweed Airport Expansion: Can Connecticut & SCOTUS Redeem Themselves On Eminent Domain?

There are certain cases that every law student should read during law school and file away in the back of their minds in case they ever get the chance to relitigate the issues. Kelo v. New London – a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case – is one of those cases....

A Reflection On Afghanistan’s Collapse From Someone Who Was There.

For the first time in the history of this blog, I have opened the floor to someone else besides myself to convey an opinion even if I do not agree with the opinion in full. It may not become a regular habit, but this person offers a sober reflection from...

My Generation’s Saigon: 20 Years Of War Reversed In 20 Days.

I drove to the office this morning baffled at what I had read earlier in the morning. Kabul had fallen, and the Taliban appeared on international television with an amalgamation of assault weapons to declare that they had formed an interim government in Afghanistan. They also openly declared or implied...

A Tale Of Two SCOTUS Cases: NY Eviction Moratorium Vs. Indiana University COVID Mandate.

Earlier this week, I wrote to reassure those involved in the fight for religious freedom about Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s denial of Indiana University students’ application for a preliminary injunction against the university’s vaccination mandates. It turns out that the U.S. Supreme Court itself has offered a reassuring decision to...

No Surprise: SCOTUS’S Denial Of Indiana University Students’ Challenge To COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Today, Justice Amy Coney Barrett of the U.S. Supreme Court denied Indiana University students’ request for a temporary injunction pending the resolution of their challenge to the university’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. A good friend, Brian Festa of We The Patriots USA, and I had predicted this outcome since their case...

Religious Freedom Cannot Take A Back Seat To Vaccine Mandates: We The Patriots USA, Inc., et. al. v. Connecticut Office of Early Childhood Development et al.

On August 9, 2021, my colleagues and I filed the brief below in opposition to the state of Connecticut’s efforts to outlaw people of faith from society. Due to arcane admission rules at the federal district court in Connecticut, my name does not appear on this brief, but I am...

What The Hell Is Going On? A Musing From A Confused Lawyer.

It’s no secret that I love to opine on this blog. It matters not what the subject may be. I usually have no problem shooting my big mouth off in such a fashion as to piss one half of the world off and make the other half cringe. I like...

Daisy’s Stand: Challenging The State’s Religious Bigotry & Hostility.

Victories are amazing things. They inspire hope and, in my case, new ideas on how to fight more creatively for my clients. I have written extensively over the last few days about Kendall Cote’s stand and her victory for religious freedom at Yale University. It’s now time to talk about...

A Roadmap To Cote’s Stand For Those Looking To Benefit From It.

The last two days have been rewarding to say the least. After my courageous client, Kendall Cote, and I appeared on Fox News to discuss our precedent setting victory for religious freedom amid COVID-19 vaccination requirements on college campuses, I have been overwhelmed with questions and requests for help from...

Cote’s Stand: How A Mom & Yale Nursing Student Changed A Discriminatory Policy.

Cote’s Stand…. It is a fitting description of my client, Kendall Cote, and her precedent-setting, religious discrimination case with Yale University. Kendall’s remarkable courage in standing firm on her religious convictions in the face of possible expulsion from Yale’s elite, fast track APRN program led to an overnight policy change...

The Guiliani Alarm-bell: A New Free Speech Battleground.

At some point, Rudy Guiliani crossed the line from competent lawyering to being a little far out there in his representation of former President Donald Trump over the 2020 election results. His public statements were bold and, at times, out of touch with reality in my opinion. The truth, however,...

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