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December 14, 2017

Why juries matter when you’re up against the government

If the federal government takes your property, who would you want to decide how much it owes you: the government that took your stuff or a jury of your peers? ...

July 01, 2016

The right to a jury trial against the federal government

Kevin Brott wants a jury trial for his Fifth Amendment claim to just compensation. The federal government converted a portion of Brott’s property into a public trail. He wants a jury to gauge compensation rather than a judge who works for his adversary. Sadly, most takings claims against the federal government do not enjoy a jury. We fil ...

December 15, 2015

Happy Bill of Rights Day: Please thank Virginia

Today is the 224th anniversary of our constitutional Bill of Rights. The ten amendments that make up the Bill of Rights were amendments number three through twelve of those originally proposed by the first Congress on Sept. 28, 1789. Thus, anyone who argues that our First Amendment is the most important because of its number ...

December 15, 2015

Today in history: Virginia ratifies the Bill of Rights in 1791

Today is the 224th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s ratification of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Many of our basic civil rights are recognized in the Bill of Rights, and it would not be surprising if Americans assumed that these rights were explicitly recognized in the original Constitution. ...

September 24, 2013

High school textbooks exclude property rights from Bill of Rights

Last week, the internet was buzzing about high school history textbooks that diminish or mis-characterize the Second Amendment.  What some of those reports have not mentioned, however, is that the same books fail to even mention that the Bill of Rights protects private property from government theft. One book, The Americans, a history book for ...

March 16, 2011

Happy birthday to James Madison

Author: Joshua Thompson PLF would like to wish one of our greatest Founders (and my personal favorite), James Madison, a very happy 260th birthday!  James Madison's contributions to man's eternal fight for liberty cannot be overstated.  He was the principal drafter of the United States Constitution – a document ...