PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: The Great Cake Debate Denies Acceptance of Homosexuality, but Stops Short of Enabling Hate (Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.)

By: Ken Jensen After reading the Court’s opinion in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, 138 S. Ct. 1719 (2018), I am struck with how our society is still confused with respect to sexual orientation.  The Court struck down the Colorado Civil Rights Commission’s actions to assess a cakeshop owner’s reasons for declining … Continue reading PIAC’s Supreme Court Review: The Great Cake Debate Denies Acceptance of Homosexuality, but Stops Short of Enabling Hate (Masterpiece Cake, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm’n.)

PIAC Gun Control Series: The History of the 2nd Amendment

By:  Jessica Colburn The Second Amendment, while hotly debated, is not well understood because the language of the Amendment is unclear and old, specifically 227 years old. Here, we shed some light on what is meant by the language of the Second Amendment, including the phrases, “a well-regulated militia” and “the right of the people … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: The History of the 2nd Amendment

The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act Headed to President Trump for Signature … or Veto

The Internet is a haven for sex traffickers and other criminals. Sex traffickers first made use of Craigslist, Myspace and other, legacy websites to sell sex. As Craigslist cracked down on sex ads, sex traffickers moved to websites like Backpage.com. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there was an increase of … Continue reading The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act Headed to President Trump for Signature … or Veto

How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe and Robert Bryson The entire country, and most of the world, is familiar with George Zimmerman and his acquittal of charges after killing black teenager Trayvon Martin.  At the time of Zimmerman’s arrest, the debate concerning “stand your ground” laws surged. By the time Zimmerman was acquitted, over 30 states had stand … Continue reading How Stand Your Ground Laws Allow Implicit Bias to Legalize Death

Promoting Innovation in Technology: The Fundamentals of Open Source Software

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Open source software is a trending avenue for developers to continue the innovation and evolution of the industry, but the law surrounding open source software is deeply nuanced and complicated.  This article will provide a basic understanding of the core concepts of open source software, which is opening up the technological market … Continue reading Promoting Innovation in Technology: The Fundamentals of Open Source Software

Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Recently, President Trump stated during a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser that Chinese President Xi’s bid to remove term limits, allowing him to serve indefinitely, was “great.”  Lightheartedly, President Trump added, “maybe we’ll have to give that a shot one day.”  The comment is being treated as a joke, and it was certainly not an … Continue reading Give it a Shot: President Trump Highly Unlikely to be Able to Emulate Chinese President Xi’s Removal of Term Limits

California Supreme Court Expands the Public Records Act to Include Emails Sent Between the Private Accounts of Public Officials, If the Emails Concern Public Business

By:  Robert Bryson City of San Jose vs. Superior Court (Smith) 2017 2 Cal.5th 608 The Public Records Act (“PRA”) is the California equivalent of the federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) which mandates that government communications and records (aside from a few exceptions) are public property and disclosable to any member of the public … Continue reading California Supreme Court Expands the Public Records Act to Include Emails Sent Between the Private Accounts of Public Officials, If the Emails Concern Public Business

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

By:  Robert Bryson Don’t get one of these – that is the summation of this article. With that aside, let’s dig into payday loans. What are payday loans? Payday lenders offer loan products to “high-risk” individuals, people who ordinarily cannot access credit. A payday loan involves taking out a loan against anticipated future income. For … Continue reading Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the House of Representatives Look to Loosen Rules on Payday Lenders

Counterpoint: Jerry Brown Denies Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murder Shows Some Crimes Cannot Be Redeemed and Not Everyone is Eligible for Parole

By:  Robert Bryson Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding California policies is that it is always progressive, it is always a leader, an example for the rest of the country and the world. But, that simply isn’t true. California is as much the founder of voluntary workers’ compensation in the United States as it … Continue reading Counterpoint: Jerry Brown Denies Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murder Shows Some Crimes Cannot Be Redeemed and Not Everyone is Eligible for Parole

Point: Governor Jerry Brown’s Denial of Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murderer, Shows the Limits California’s Progressive Approach to Criminal Justice

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe On January 19, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown denied parole to 68-year-old Leslie Van Houten, marking the second time he has done so despite the state’s parole panel recommending release both times.  Van Houten has been, and now continues to serve a life sentence for murders she committed when she was 19 … Continue reading Point: Governor Jerry Brown’s Denial of Parole to Leslie Van Houten, Charles Manson Follower and Convicted Murderer, Shows the Limits California’s Progressive Approach to Criminal Justice