World Net Daily Describes CLDEF brief as Giving a Refresher Course to Court in Who Writes Laws

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CLDEF’s Brief in the Zarda v. Altitude Express was the focus of an article in World Net Daily.  The article begins:  “It’s Congress that writes the laws; the courts only interpret them.  So suggests a brief in a court fight that is quickly heating up over whether a 1960s law, Title VII, protects employees from gender-orientation discrimination.”

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CLDEF General Counsel on NPR Radio Show “To the Point”

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This afternoon, CLDEF General Counsel Bill Olson was a guest of Warren Olney, host of “To the Point.”  The topic of the radio show was the “Politics and the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.”  Bill’s comments focused on CLDEF’s amicus brief opposing judicial usurpation of legislative power in Zarda v. Altitude Express.  He also defended President Trump’s recent Tweet about “transgendered” persons serving in the military.  The show is archived at:  KCRW.com

United States v. Seerden

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One of the areas of focus by CLDEF has been to urge courts to return to a proper, historic understanding of the Fourth Amendment as a protection of property rights.  That approach was adopted by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 in the United States v. Jones case.  Nonetheless, many lawyers and judges continue to evaluate Fourth Amendment challenges as though the Amendment only protected a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.”  Of course, the word privacy is not even in the Constitution.  That test is being used by judges who wish to be able to decide cases however they want — rather than as the Framers specified in the Constitutional text.  In this case, a service member had his cell phone unconstitutionally searched and seized, and our brief explains how the property principles were violated, based on a textual and contextual analysis of the Fourth Amendment. Read More