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Files 75th Supreme Court Amicus Brief



On August 13, 2014, our firm had the privilege of filing its 75th amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Rudy v. Lee. In addition, we have made 12 other filings in the U.S. Supreme Court (for a total of 87 filings), such as: Petition for Certiorari, Jurisdictional Statement, Appellants' Brief, Reply Brief, and Brief for Intervenor-Respondents.

In addition to statutory issues, these briefs have addressed a wide variety of Constitutional issues:

Article I Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article I Section 2 (Census, Apportionment Clause)
Article I Section 4 (Time, Places and Manners of Elections)
Article I Section 6 (Speech & Debate Clause)
Article I Section 8 (Commerce Clause, Naturalization Clause, General Welfare Clause, Necessary & Proper Clause)

Article II Section 1 (Delegation Doctrine)
Article II Section 2 (Invasion)
Article II (Appointments Clause, Commander-in-Chief)

Article III, Section 2 (Case and Controversy, Standing, Political Question)
Article III Section 1 (Judicial Power)

Article IV Section IV (Republican Form of Government, Invasion)Article VI (Preemption)

First Amendment (Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Press, Right to Assemble, Right to Petition Government)
Second Amendment
Fourth Amendment
Fifth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection Component)
Tenth Amendment
Fourteenth Amendment (Due Process, Equal Protection, Privileges & Immunities)

Other briefs have addressed important statutory issues (U.N. Participation Act, Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Firearms Owners Protection Act, Uniform Code of Military Justice, Federal Election Campaign Act, etc.).

Our first Supreme Court filing was October 16, 1981, supporting the legality of President Reagan's action against striking air traffic controllers. Of course, we have also filed many other briefs in various U.S. District Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, State Supreme Courts, etc. All of these filings since the late 1990's and some earlier briefs are available on this website, and we are working to post the older filings as well.


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Comments on Proposed Settlement in Postal Rate Commission Docket No. MC2002-3 December 10, 2002

Our firm filed comments on the proposed settlement in Postal Rate Commission Docket No. MC2002-3 on behalf of Valpak regarding the policy issues which will be embodied in the Commission's Opinion and Recommended Decision in this case.
Making a Bad Law Worse December 1, 2002

Bill Olson and Mark Fitzgibbons wrote an article entitled "Making a Bad Law Worse New York's Amended Charitable Solicitation Law" published in Philanthropy Monthly, Volume 35, Nos. 1&2.
FEC Challenge — Reply Brief November 27, 2002

Today we filed our reply brief in Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al.
FEC Challenge — Proposed Findings of Fact November 26, 2002

Today we filed our proposed findings of fact in Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al.
FEC Challenge — Opposition Brief November 20, 2002

Today we filed our opposition brief in Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al.
Aid Association for Lutherans v. United States Postal Service November 15, 2002

Our firm filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund focusing on the lack of procedural due process that inexorably attaches to the Postal Service's interpretation of 39 U.S.C. section 3626(j)(1)(B) that its decisions as to who can mail what at nonprofit rates are not reviewable in federal court. Our constitutional analysis supplies the court with an additional reason for construing 39 U.S.C. section 410(a) narrowly.
FEC Challenge — Initial Brief November 6, 2002

Today we filed our initial brief on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul, Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund, RealCampaignReform.org, Citizens United, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Michael Cloud, and Carla Howell in their challenge to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.
FEC Challenge — Fact Witness Testimony October 4, 2002
Today we filed the following testimony of our fact witnesses in Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al. challenging the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act:
FEC Challenge — Expert Witness Reports September 23, 2002

Today we filed the following expert witness reports in Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al. challenging the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act:
Comments Regarding Electioneering Communications August 29, 2002

Bill Olson filed these comments to the Federal Election Commission in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Electioneering Communications.
Protecting Anonymity in Advocacy August 1, 2002

Bill Olson and Herb Titus wrote an article entitled "Protecting Anonymity in Advocacy" published in Philanthropy Monthly, Volume 34, Nos. 3&4.
David M. Walker v. Richard
B. Cheney Amicus Brief
May 21, 2002

Today we filed an amicus brief for the Center for Government Integrity, a project of Citizens United Foundation, in support of Defendant Richard B. Cheney's Motion to Dismiss or For Summary Judgement with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Postal Ratemaking Summit May 31, 2002

Bill Olson was a panelist at the recent Postal Ratemaking Summit in Potomac, Maryland sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and the Postal Rate Commission, as discussed in this DM News article.

Bill Olson and John Haldi submitted these Issues for Discussion at the Postal Ratemaking Summit.
FEC Challenge — Amended Complaint May 7, 2002

Today we filed an amended complaint in the case of Paul, et al. v. FEC, et al.
FEC Challenge — Press Coverage May 7, 2002

A Washington Times article quoted Bill Olson regarding the opposition to the campaign reform act and the corresponding lawsuits.
Lawsuit Filed To Challenge Legitimacy of FEC April 23, 2002

Today, our firm filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on behalf of Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund, Real Campaign Reform.org, Inc., Citizens United, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, Carla Howell, Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, and Michael Cloud, Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts.

This lawsuit charges that both the new Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (BCRA) and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 (FECA) violate the First Amendment protection of Freedom of the Press today. Other lawsuits filed after President Bush signed the BCRA in March challenged the new law on grounds that it violates the First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech. But today's suit is the first to argue that BCRA violates Freedom of the Press, which the complaint says "belongs to the American people," and not just to the institutional corporate press, such as The Washington Post or CNN.

A Gun Owners of America press release is available, New and Existing Campaign Finance Laws Violate Freedom Of The Press -- Lawsuit Filed Today Is Fundamental Challenge To Election Laws. More information about the lawsuit is available at realcampaignreform.org.
Sacrifice of Civil Liberties March 15, 2002

A Salon magazine article quoted Bill Olson regarding the "sacrifice of civil liberties in the name of public safety."
English Requirements for New Citizens February 28, 2002

One Nation Indivisible recently published a paper, co-authored by Bill Olson, which reviews the history of the requirement that new citizens speak English as part of the naturalization process.
Census 2000 Fight Press Coverage February 25, 2002

A Washington Times article quoted Bill Olson regarding the Census 2000 case, the Supreme Court's denial of our Petition for Certiorari, and how the battle to restrain the Census Bureau will continue in Congress.
Campaign Finance Reform Legislation is Unconstitutional February 13, 2002

A paper by Herb Titus regarding the unconstitutionality of campaign finance reform legislation was inserted into the Congressional Record by Congressman Ron Paul, who described Herb Titus as "one of America's leading constitutional scholars."
Census 2000 Fight Continues January 8, 2002

Our firm filed a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of Edgar Morales and four other residents of Texas seeking review of the constitutionality of Census 2000. At issue is whether Congress has the power to require, under penalty of law, that the American people answer questions on race, employment, housing and other subjects invading their privacy and totally unrelated to the two express constitutional purposes for the decennial census — apportionment of representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the imposition of direct taxes.
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