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Judges should not let bureaucrats dictate the meaning of the law

February 01, 2019 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Our nation’s government was structured to ensure that each of the three branches—legislative, judicial, and executive—would be subject to checks and balances with one another. This ingenious interlocking system was intended to ensure accountability and limit abuses of power. But, in recent years, the rise of unchecked power on the part of ...

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Supreme Court remands North Carolina bathroom case to Fourth Circuit

March 06, 2017 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Several weeks ago we blogged about our amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the widely followed North Carolina bathroom case, about whether federal law determines which bathrooms transgender students may use. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that instead of determining whether the applicable statute and regulations had the asserted ef ...

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Do minor bureaucrats tell federal judges what to think?

January 18, 2017 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Last week PLF filed this amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. The question in this case is whether federal judges interpret federal law, or whether low level agency bureaucrats do. PLF takes the position that judges have the Constitutional responsibility to independently read and interpre ...

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Supreme court to consider Foster v. Vilsack in first conference of new year

December 21, 2016 | By TONY FRANCOIS

Yesterday we filed our reply in Foster v. Vilsack in the Supreme Court of the United States. The petition in this case asks the Supreme Court to decide whether low level federal bureaucrats can force the federal courts to accept their interpretation of federal law, merely by testifying to their opinion in an administrative hearing. … ...