Case Summaries

Aposhian v. Barr, et al.

CASE SUMMARY – Firearms instructor W. Clark Aposhian of Utah is a law-abiding citizen, but under the “Bump-Stock-Type Devices” Final Rule, on March 26th, 2019, he would have become a felon subject to a 10-year prison sentence unless he…

Cargill v. ATF

CASE SUMMARY –  May a federal agency rewrite a federal statute? May that rewrite turn otherwise innocent Americans into criminals overnight?

Dr. Mukund Vengalatorre v. Cornell University and U.S. Dept. of Education

CASE SUMMARY – Dr. Vengalattore was a tenure-track professor of physics at Cornell University with an impressive history of conducting ground-breaking research. After a graduate student left his program for academic reasons, the student falsely accused Dr. Vengalattore of sexual harassment…

Lucia v. SEC

CASE SUMMARY – The New Civil Liberties Alliance filed a complaint seeking declarative and injunctive relief against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California in the case of Ray Lucia and his…

Mas Canosa v. City of Coral Gables

CASE SUMMARY –  Coral Gables is an upscale, historic municipality of Miami-Dade County, Florida. Residents take pride in their tree-lined streets and so they call it “City Beautiful.” But the city has now lined the streets with Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs)…

Michelle Cochran v. SEC

CASE SUMMARY –  James Madison once said that the concentration of all government powers in one branch is “the very definition of tyranny.” Yet, today, administrative agencies regularly exercise all three of those powers…

New Mexico v. Maggie Toulouse Oliver

CASE SUMMARY –  In 2017, the New Mexico Legislature passed Senate Bill 96 (SB96), but Governor Susana Martinez promptly vetoed it. On the very same day of the Governor’s veto, New Mexico’s Secretary of State declared that she would make the policies and provisions of SB96 law through rulemaking…

Romeril v. SEC

CASE SUMMARY – When Barry D. Romeril settled with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in June of 2003 he didn’t know he would live to regret it 16 years later. That is because order to settle his…

Robert Shipp v. U.S. Bureau of Prisons

CASE SUMMARY –  In December 2018 the president signed the First Step Act into law. The act was a bi-partisan criminal justice reform bill, that, among other things increased the amount of merit time deductions from his sentence a federal prisoner could earn each year for good behavior…

U.S. v. Jeffrey Havis

CASE SUMMARY– Jeffery Havis was sentenced to federal prison in reliance on a provision of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Manual that was passed without required Congressional approval…

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