Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee: Checkmate


Originally posted on cooleylawschoolblog:
Blog author, Constitutional Law expert and WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan Beery explores the ongoing political battle over the United States Supreme Court nomination process. Professor Beery, a summa cum laude graduate of the law school, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure at WMU-Cooley Law School, and is a frequent legal expert in the media. Were I…

A fatal flaw in the conservative notion of theocracy


by Brendan Beery In an essay at Salon.com, Heather Cox Richardson surveys the history of the Republican split that is now manifest. Chief among the reasons for the split has been the widespread belief among some (but not all) Republicans that Christianity, rather than being one of the world’s religions, should become our national project.…

The Significance of Justice Scalia’s Absence from the Court Cannot Be Overstated


Originally posted on cooleylawschoolblog:
Blog author, Constitutional Law expert and WMU-Cooley Professor Brendan Beery explains the impact and significance of Justice Scalia’s death, and his absence from the United States Supreme Court, both jurisprudentially and politically. Professor Beery, a summa cum laude graduate of the law school, teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure at WMU-Cooley Law School, and…

“Liberal media” about to fact-check Hillary into oblivion while Trump lies his way to nomination


At last Saturday’s Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump is becoming ISIS’s most effective recruiting tool. She also said that ISIS recruiters were showing videos of Trump’s statements to recruits to prove the truth of ISIS’s own propaganda: namely, that Americans and Westerners hate Muslims and wish to start a war between civilizations.…

Parsing Scalia’s racist rant


  No sooner did Antonin Scalia roll some bigoted bile down his forked tongue than the right-wing propaganda machine started circulating its defensive talking points. Scalia, a Supreme Court justice who regularly employs anti-minority argumentation reminiscent of more fascistic times in more fascistic places, had this to say last Wednesday about a University of Texas…

The lamest gun-nut cop-out of all


As rational political leaders propose reasonable gun-control legislation after the latest in our daily diet of mass shootings, we will hear what we always hear from NRA types whose prefrontal cortices have been jerked into neutral by their primitive lizard brains: we don’t need that change because it wouldn’t have prevented the last shooting. This…