Jacob Sullum

Jacob Sullum
Biden Hedges on His Promise to Free Pot Prisoners
By Jacob Sullum
Just before he left office, Donald Trump freed more than a dozen federal prisoners who had received sentences ranging from ...
May 05, 2021
SCOTUS Will Decide Whether the Right to Bear Arms Extends Beyond Your Doorstep
By Jacob Sullum
While it may seem obvious that the constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" extends beyond the home, federal courts ...
April 28, 2021
The COVID-19 Disaster That Did Not Happen in Texas
By Jacob Sullum
When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted his statewide face mask mandate and his limits on business occupancy in early March, ...
April 21, 2021
The Supreme Court Reaffirms That COVID-19 Regulations Must Comply With the First Amendment
By Jacob Sullum
When Christians met in each other's homes for prayer or Bible study, they had to be careful. Such gatherings were ...
April 14, 2021
Six Marijuana Legalization Lessons
By Jacob Sullum
Legislators in New York and New Mexico voted last week to legalize recreational marijuana, as their counterparts in New Jersey ...
April 07, 2021
The Bump Stock Ban Highlights the Danger of Letting Bureaucrats Invent Crimes
By Jacob Sullum
Two years ago, peaceful, law-abiding gun owners across the country became felons overnight, thanks to the Trump administration's ban on ...
March 31, 2021
Biden Threatens to Revive Kangaroo Courts in College Sexual Assault Cases
By Jacob Sullum
In 2016, Purdue University imposed a one-year suspension on a student accused of sexual assault, forcing him to resign from ...
March 24, 2021
Congress Uses COVID-19 As a Cover for an Epidemic of Fiscal Recklessness
By Jacob Sullum
The "recovery rebates" that Americans began receiving this week supposedly have something to do with the economic damage caused by ...
March 17, 2021
Nonprofit 'Disclosure' Requirements Are an Assault on the First Amendment
By Jacob Sullum
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says he wants to prevent charitable fraud, while the House Democrats who approved the "For ...
March 10, 2021
States Can Provide Their Own Civil Remedies for Police Abuse
By Jacob Sullum
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to be tried next month on murder and manslaughter charges in connection ...
February 24, 2021
Biden's 'Commonsense' Gun Controls Make Little Sense
By Jacob Sullum
This week, President Joe Biden marked the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in ...
February 17, 2021
Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders Pretends Prisoners Are Patients
By Jacob Sullum
"It was my understanding that I was to do the treatment, then be released," says Mike Whipple, who recently participated ...
February 10, 2021
The Constitutionality of Trump's Impeachment Trial Is Not 'Crystal Clear'
By Jacob Sullum
Just before 45 Republican senators voted against considering Donald Trump's impeachment on the grounds that the Constitution does not allow ...
February 03, 2021
The Controversy Over Trump's Pardons and Commutations Highlights Longstanding Problems with Clemency
By Jacob Sullum
When Donald Trump pardoned Steve Bannon last week, the outgoing president blocked the former White House strategist's prosecution for bilking ...
January 27, 2021
Biden's Mask Mandate Retreat Is a Hopeful Sign
By Jacob Sullum
"If I'm your president," Joe Biden promised at the Democratic National Convention last summer, "on day one we'll have a ...
January 20, 2021
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