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Author: Daniel Woislaw

February 22, 2021

The Magna Carta, property rights, and the right of exclusion

In 1215, a group of powerful barons in England rebelled against the tyrant King John's exercise of arbitrary power, forcing him to sign one of the most important documents in human history: The Magna Carta Libertatum, the Great Charter of Liberties. Before this document came into existence, the king made a habit of traveling around ...

August 24, 2020

The Hill: Pandemic or not, the regulators are cooking up bad news for bakers

As we enter our sixth month of pandemic life, amateur bakers and chefs are looking to turn their skills in the kitchen into a little extra cash by selling their culinary creations online or in their local communities. This popular trend, however, comes with a sea of red tape and threats of home intrusion. It ...

June 24, 2020

Supreme Court must remind law enforcement that not even the police are above the law

In 2015, an armed shoplifter fleeing the police broke into the Lech family's home in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The shoplifter, who chose the Lech's house at random, refused to come out and opened fire on the cops outside. In response, local police used explosives, high-caliber ammunition and a battering ram mounted on a tank-like vehicle ...

May 18, 2020

This Massachusetts town tried shutting off some residents’ water to combat COVID-19, but that’s unconstitutional

Attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, officials in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts, recently deprived seasonal homeowners of the right to receive running water in their homes. The reasoning was that if these homeowners couldn't access the town's public water utility, they wouldn't return to Salisbury for the vacation season ...

March 18, 2020

This unknown colonial lawyer helped spark the American Revolution and paved the way for American property rights

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and the other Founding Fathers are rightly celebrated for their role in freeing America from oppressive British rule and building a government that has stood the test of time. But James Otis, a Boston lawyer in the mid-1700s, was one of the American Revolution's most important intellectual influen ...

January 01, 2020

With 5G arriving, the Supreme Court needs to rule on what digital privacy means 

The introduction of 5G data networks promises unbelievable advancements in the tech capabilities of every area of our lives. But 5G will also make it possible for government and law enforcement to use technology to gather data and information about Americans. The Supreme Court has not yet ruled definitively on what qualifies as our constitutionally ...

December 23, 2019

How the Fourth Amendment can protect us from becoming a surveillance state

Recent reports from countries like China and Russia have shown frightening new government programs that spy on Chinese and Russian citizens. Programs like these aren't surprising coming from Russia and China, but could American officials ever enact similar surveillance programs here? While it's always possible, U.S. citizens have a powerful weapon ...

December 09, 2019

The Virginian-Pilot: Norfolk’s Airbnb rules may not pass muster

Planning to rent out your home to visitors through an online booking service such as Airbnb? If you live in Norfolk, you might just be inviting Big Brother into your living room. That's the conclusion we can draw from Norfolk's new ordinance requiring property owners to register with the city and submit to warrantless inspections ...

October 05, 2019

The Detroit News: Michigan constitutional amendment could secure digital privacy

With a near steady drumbeat of news stories about data breaches, Russian hackers and government surveillance, it's not surprising that digital privacy is on the minds of many Americans. This includes lawmakers here in Michigan who have become the latest in a series of legislative bodies to push for stronger digital privacy protections. On Oct. ...

October 03, 2019

Privacy protections could get a much-needed digital overhaul in Michigan

No level of government should be allowed to violate the privacy of American citizens through unreasonable searches and seizures of their property in whatever form the property takes, even digital data. Like the First Amendment, our right to privacy applies widely to digital technologies. We believe this, and so does Michigan State Senator Jim Runes ...

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