Challenge to Guam's race-based plebiscite will go forward

May 08, 2015 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

The Guam legislature passed a law that allowed only “native inhabitants of Guam” to vote in an upcoming plebiscite concerning Guam’s political relationship with the United States. The plebiscite would ask native inhabitants to vote on whether Guam should seek statehood, independence, or a continued “association” with t ...


Chief Judge Kozinski skewers Guam lawyer

September 23, 2014 | By JOSHUA THOMPSON

Guam has created a political process that only allows Chamorros — and their ancestors — to vote on Guam independence.  This is a blatant attempt to restrict the right to vote on the basis of ancestry, and is prohibited by both the Equal Protection Clause and the Voting Rights Act. Last year, PLF filed a brief … ...


President's weekly report — June 14, 2013

June 14, 2013 | By ROB RIVETT

Economic Liberty – Right to Earn a Living We had a very sweet victory this week in Bruner v. Zawacki, our Kentucky movers case. We filed this case in August of last year in federal district court in order to toss out as unconstitutional Kentucky’s outrageous restrictions on starting up a new moving company. Essentially … ...


Courts can't ignore discrimination in the political process

June 14, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Today PLF attorneys filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit supporting Arnold Davis, a Guam resident defending his right to participate in the political process irrespective of his race. The Guam legislature authorized a referendum regarding the island’s future relationship with the United States. Sadly, the legislature decided that it onl ...