Document: Brig. Gen. John Baker Habeas Petition

Brig. Gen. John Baker, chief defense counsel of the military commisions, petitioned the federal district court in Washington for a writ of habeas corpus Thursday morning. Col. Vance Spath, the military judge presiding over the al-Nashiri military commission, held Baker in contempt Wednesday morning and sentenced the chief defense counsel to 21 days confinement.

Source: Document: Brig. Gen. John Baker Habeas Petition

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Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

This is truly appalling 

The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine. Air Force Col.

Source: Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

California Demands Money from Gatorade to Protect Water from Slander

Good news, Californians! Attorney General Xavier Becerra is using your tax dollars to punish the real evildoers: those who would besmirch the good name of water . You might not think anyone would want to destroy water, since we’d all die without it.

Source: California Demands Money from Gatorade to Protect Water from Slander

Who Cares Whether Cake-Baking Is “Expressive”? The Doctrinal Costs of Focusing on Private Burdens Rather Than Governmental Purpose

In their focus on the creative artistry of wedding cakes, the briefs that are now piling up in Masterpiece Cakeshop read more like an episode of Cake Boss rather than a typical SCOTUS argument. Many focus on a question that, I shall suggest after the jump, ought to be legally irrelevant — whether baking a wedding cake is sufficiently “expressive” to qualify as “speech” the compulsion of which violates Wooley v. Maynard’s “forced speech” doctrine.

Source: Who Cares Whether Cake-Baking Is “Expressive”? The Doctrinal Costs of Focusing on Private Burdens Rather Than Governmental Purpose

Laws Against ‘Gouging’ Are Simplistic and Wrong

Washed up among the wreckage of Hurricane Harvey is an old debate: Price Gouging—Heinous Crime or Useful Tool? When a natural disaster like Harvey monkeywrenches the normal operations of daily life, basic necessities suddenly become scarce, and merchants often start charging much more for them.

Source: Laws Against ‘Gouging’ Are Simplistic and Wrong

Starnes: Judges Rule Football Coaches Cannot Pray on Football Field

This decision is appalling and I can’t disagree with it more.  To say a person doesn’t have the right to pray after a game is wrong on every level.

A Washington state high school football coach who was punished for taking a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer violated the U.S. Constitution, according to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A three-judge panel ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at mid-field after football games. “When Kennedy kneeled and prayed on the fifty-yard line immediately after games while in view of students and parents, he spoke as a public employee, not as a private citizen, and his speech therefore was constitutionally unprotected,” the 9th Circuit wrote.

Source: Starnes: Judges Rule Football Coaches Cannot Pray on Football Field