New Jersey authorities recently arrested one of their own. Indeed, last month they charged a thirteen-year veteran with false representation in firearm applications. Additionally, authorities allege he lied about alcoholism on an application for a handgun purchaser’s permit. Moreover, the officer completed the applications in his hometown police department. Furthermore, he allegedly answered no to the question: Are you an alcoholic?1 But authorities allege he had previously admitted an alcohol problem to a superior officer. Consequently, the charges against the officer delineate two counts of knowingly providing a false answer to a question on the official form used to apply for a handgun permit and/or a firearms purchaser identification card, per the news. Whether this impacted the officer’s ability to carry a service weapon, however, remains unclear. Indeed, this casts doubt on the allegations. Nevertheless, this officer will experience the justice system from a defendant’s side of the law. Read More
Understanding The Bobbitt Modalities
Prof. Philip Bobbitt taught different approaches for interpreting Constitutional Law. These modalities include Textualism, Originalism, Judicial Precedent, and Historical Analysis of the U.S. Constitution.
- Textualism – This modality determines word meaning in their immediate context. It is persuasive because the meaning of these words and their meaning are directly and immediately relevant to the court. But one weakness is this ignores other contextual clues.
- Originalism – This modality involves the meaning of words to the people who wrote them. Indeed, Justice Antonin Scalia championed this modality in his jurisprudence. Read more
Affirming the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
As 2016 draws to a close, one cannot help but languish in the memory of all those who died this year. Sadly, United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is among them. Among his many contributions to American society, Justice Scalia stood firmly for the right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution. With the Second Amendment on my mind, this post juxtaposes this constitutional right with New Jersey law, which favors gun control. Read more
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. U.S. Const. amend. II.
GUNS REDUCE CRIME from Intelligence Squared U.S. on Vimeo
Based on recent tragic events in America involving gun violence, I dedicate this post to the memory of the fallen. This is also dedicated in honor of the survivors within their families and communities, and all other mourners. Additionally, I dedicate this to those who sacrificed to secure our legal rights in America. Read more