Fauquier County (Virginia) Board of Supervisors Hearing on Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution

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Tonight, approximately 3,000 people came out to support Fauquier County, Virginia adopting a Second Amendment Sanctuary Resolution.  Rob Olson spoke out in favor of the resolution supported by Virginia Civilian Defense League (VCDL), but against the watered down version that had been proposed.  As he advised the elected officials:  “Let’s do better than this.  Let’s grow a spine and adopt something that’s meaningful.”  Watch the video here.

Article: “Sixth Circuit Hears Debate Over Legality of Bump Stocks”

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L-R: Rob Olson and Erich Pratt.

L-R: Rob Olson and Erich Pratt.

Today, Rob Olson presented oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in our continuing litigation against ATF’s bump stock regulation issued in December 2018. The issue today before the court was the correctness of District Judge Paul Maloney’s ruling denying our motion for a preliminary injunction against the regulation. This article in CourthouseNews discusses the oral argument.

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Jeremiah Morgan Testifies Before the Federal Election Commission

Michael Harless Administrative Law, Appearances, Election Law

Today, on behalf of the Free Speech Coalition, Inc., the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund, Inc., and U.S. Justice Foundation Jeremiah Morgan of our firm testified before the Federal Election Commission at its Hearings on the McCutcheon v. FEC Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. (His testimony appears at 5:19:51 of the video.)

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Herb Titus Speaking at CLE on Fourth Amendment

Michael Harless Appearances, Constitutional Law

Today, Herb Titus spoke at a Conference on Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation sponsored by the American Law Institute in San Francisco, California.

Herb’s topic was the reemergence of the private property principle in the Fourth Amendment, as reflected in two recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. In United States v. Jones and Jardines v. Florida, the Court ruled that the rights protected by the ban on unreasonable searches and seizures is foremost a protection against trespass against property interests in one’s person, house, paper and effect without regard for the property owner’s expectation of privacy, reasonable or otherwise. Read More

Herb Titus speaks on Search and Seizure Law

Michael Harless Appearances

Herb Titus was a featured speaker on May 2, 2014 at the 8th Annual Conference on Eminent Domain held at Tides Inn, Irvington, Virginia on May 1 and 2. Consistent with the theme of this year’s conference – Charting New Territory — Herb’s topic was “Can a 4th Amendment Search and Seizure Become a 5th Amendment Taking?”

Drawing on the work of the firm ­ featuring its amicus brief in United States v.Jones decided by the Supreme Court in 2012 ­ Titus called attention to the recent resurgence of the original property principles undergirding the 4th Amendment. Since Jones, the Supreme Court has given notice that Fourth Amendment claims are no longer to be balanced away by judges under the relativistic test of a reasonable expectation of privacy. Rather, the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures will be governed by fixed principles of property, the government being required to demonstrate a superior interest in the property at stake. Reviewing two recent cases in which innocent persons were being deprived of exclusive possession of their property, Titus charted a path whereby property owners would receive more complete protection of their property rights only by invocation of both a property-based 4th Amendment and the private property takings clause of the 5th Amendment. Read More

Herb Titus Addresses Virginia House of Delegates Republican Caucus

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Herb Titus was invited to address the Republican Caucus of the Virginia House of Delegates on HJR 9 — a call for a national constitutional convention for proposing amendments to the United States Constitution.

Herb explained that while the concept of using Article VI to address erroneous judicial decisions might seem tempting, it was fraught with risk. Unlike the process by which Congress may submit to the State legislatures specific written amendments, the convention process for proposing amendments is open-ended with no control of the number, scope, or subject matters of the amendments and no rules governing the number or selection of the delegates. Read More

Southwest Radio Bible Ministry Conference

Michael Harless Appearances

Bill Olson gave two presentations at a conference on Bible Prophecy sponsored by the Southwest Bible Radio Church.  One presentation was on:  Why a Constitutional Convention Could Mean the End of Freedom in America, and Modern Judicial Techniques Used to Circumvent Constitutional Text.

Bill Olson speaks at Constitution Day Tea Party Event

Michael Harless Appearances

Bill Olson spoke on the topic of  “Techniques that the U.S. Supreme Court uses to Override the Constitutional Text.”  The event was the Constitution Day Dinner of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Tea Party in Winchester, Virginia.

Monumental — The Movie

Michael Harless Appearances

Herb Titus was among the historians and scholars appearing in Kirk Cameron’s movie Monumental:  In Search of America’s National Treasure.

Bill Olson Presentations at LPAC 2011 — The Liberty Political Action Conference — Reno, NV

Michael Harless Appearances

Bill Olson spoke at LPAC 2011 — The Liberty Political Action Conference — in Reno, Nevada. On Friday, September 16th, he spoke on “Executive Orders, States of Emergency, & Emergency Powers.” On Saturday, September 17th, he first spoke on “Reinvigorating the Fourth Amendment” and, then was on a panel entitled “Civil Liberties Update” together with Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, Inc. and former Texas Congressman Steve Stockman. Read More

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearings of Elena Kagan

Michael Harless Appearances

Bill Olson has been invited by the United States Judiciary Committee to testify on the nomination of Elena Kagan as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The testimony likely will occur late in the day on Thursday, July 1, 2010. The list of witnesses appears on the website of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

American Bar Association Witnesses
Kim Askew, Chair, Standing Committee
William J. Kayatta, Jr., First Circuit Representative Read More

Bill Olson Interviewed on Conservative Roundtable TV Show on Health Freedom Issues

Michael Harless Appearances, Health Law, Press Coverage

Bill Olson was a guest on Conservative Roundtable’s Television show to discuss health freedom issues. Among the matters discussed was the Daniel Chapter One case, where our firm is assisting in the defense of a health-related ministry promoting herbal and alternative medical products from an attack by the FTC. Information about the FTC attack on this ministry.

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