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Files 50th Supreme Court Brief



On May 13, 2011, with our amicus curiae brief in the Daniel Chapter One case, our firm had the privilege of making its 50th filing with the U.S. Supreme Court. This includes various types of filings: Petition for Certiorari, Jurisdictional Statement, Appellants' Brief, Reply Brief, Brief for Intervenor-Respondents, Amicus Brief at the Petition Stage, and Amicus Brief on the Merits.

Of course, most of these briefs have been amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs, and many 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, which translates into 50 briefs in 30 years -- but we have been picking up the pace lately. 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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McCreary (Ten Commandments) U.S. Supreme Court Case Amicus Brief Filed December 8, 2004

Today we filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of :
Conservative Legal Defense and Education Fund,
Joyce Meyer Ministries,
Committee to Protect the Family Foundation,
Lincoln Institute for Research and Education,
American Heritage Party,
Public Advocate of the United States,
Radio Liberty, and
Spiritual Counterfeits Project, Inc.
in the pending Ten Commandments case, McCreary County, Kentucky v. ACLU of Kentucky.

Overrule Incorporation Doctrine. This amicus brief urges the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule the incorporation doctrine by which federal courts have usurped the right to oversee states, counties and cities for alleged violations of the U.S. Constitution's bill of rights (including the Establishment Clause). The federal bill of rights was intended as a check on the federal government and not the several states, as the Supreme Court acknowledged for 150 years. The amicus brief argues that in recent decades, however, the Judiciary has employed the illegitimate incorporation doctrine to exercise its political will over the states and the people.

The Constitution does NOT necessarily mean what the Supreme Court has said it means. The brief also urges the Supreme Court justices to honor their oaths before God to "support this Constitution" as the "Supreme Law of the Land," not looking to prior opinions of the Court for their authority. Just as with the Congress and President, the Supreme Court is under the authority of the written text of the Constitution.

CLDEF Press Release -- McCreary Brief

Alliance Defense Fund summary of briefs filed in the McCreary case.
FSC Comments to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance July 6, 2004

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, we submitted post-hearing comments to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance relating to its staff report and June 22, 2004 hearings on "Charity Oversight and Reform: Keeping Bad Things from Happening to Good Charities." The comments point out shortcomings of many of the proposed solutions contained in the discussion draft.
Postal Service Proposed Regulations on First Class Rates June 18, 2004

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, we filed comments with the U.S. Postal Service expressing the concern that the proposed regulations, which clarify the type of mail that must be entered at First-Class rates and that which is eligible for Standard mail rates, would inappropriately shift much educational mail from Nonprofit Standard to First-Class rates.
Michael New v. Donald Rumsfeld June 15, 2004

Today we filed our Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint. By their motion to dismiss, Defendants seek to block the door to the federal courthouse to a soldier court-martialed for challenging an illegal and unconstitutional order.
FEC Rulemaking Definition of Political Committee April 9, 2004

On behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, we filed comments with the Federal Election Commission opposing the proposed expansion of the definition of political committees to include potentially thousands of nonprofit organizations.
Defending the Ten Commandments March 19, 2004

Today we filed our appellant's brief in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the right of an anonymous plaintiff to file suit without seeking leave of court or providing any compelling rational for the waiver under the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Barrow County, Georgia —
Ten Commandments Case
January 30, 2004

Today we filed our response to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal's memorandum to counsel concerning jurisdiction of our appeal of the district court's denial of our motion to dismiss. This response also opposes appellee's motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.
Barrow County, Georgia —
Ten Commandments Case
January 6, 2004

Today we filed the Answer of Defendants, Barrow County, Georgia; and, Walter E. Elder, in His Official Capacity as Chairman of the Barrow County Board of Commissioners and in His Individual Capacity.
Postal Service Worksharing January 2004

Proceedings from the Eleventh Conference on Postal Delivery and Economics in Toledo, Spain were published in book form containing a paper written by John Haldi and Bill Olson called "An Evaluation of USPS Worksharing: Postal Revenues and Costs from Workshared Activities."
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