Ever since the 9/11 attacks, the government has used unmanned drones to target terrorists. But a recent filibuster by Senator Rand Paul has focused attention on a legal gray area: Can the government use drones against American citizens?
President Obama's proposals to use executive orders to deal with gun violence and climate change has lead to complaints about abuse of executive power - similar to the complaints made under former President George W. Bush. Learn about the use and abuse of executive orders from Legal Lad.
More and more students are flocking to law school, despite a challenging job market. Amidst a flurry of lawsuits charging law schools with deceptive advertising, Legal Lad considers whether law school is still worth the time and money.
The Constitution has a procedure for making amendments but it is hardly ever used - twenty seven times in 200 years! But those amendments have expanded civil rights and changed the structure of government. How have the amendments changed the Constitution? Find out in part 14 of Legal Lad's series about ...
The Fourth Amendment protects us against "unreasonable" searches and seizures, but what is reasonable? And why doesn't the TSA need a warrant to scan you at the airport? Find out in part 14 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution creates three branches of government, but boundaries between the branches are sometimes fuzzy. Do bureaucratic agencies and "activist" judges violate separation of powers? Find out in part 13 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
Under the Constitution, government power is shared between the federal and state governments. The original understanding was that the states would wield most of the power, but it didn't work out that way. Find out why in part 12 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
In the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, speculation is growing that the accused shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, will invoke the insanity defense. Find out why this defense rarely works.
Contrary to recent rumors, you still own the information you post to Facebook, even though Facebook may use that information. Learn about the legal and practical aspects of Facebook privacy from Legal Lad and Tech Talker.
The Constitution's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" is deceptively complicated. Does it forbid affirmative action? Does it require same-sex marriage? Find out in part 11 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution has prohibited cruel and unusual punishments since 1791, but does that mean we're stuck with an 18th century definition of "cruel?" Or should the Bill of Rights "evolve" along with society? Find out in part 10 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
How does the Constitution protect your property? When can the government seize your house for public projects? And how did a single footnote clear the way for business regulations? Find out in part 9 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.
Originally designed as a guarantee of fair court procedures, the Due Process Clause has become a source of numerous individual rights. Why has this clause generated so much litigation? Find out in part 8 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution
Are gun control laws constitutional? The Second Amendment guarantees a right "to keep and bear arms," but some argue that the right applies only to soldiers. Find out in part 7 of Legal Lad's series about the U.S. Constitution.