In light of Justice Scalia’s recent passing, check out my University of Denver colleague Justin Pidot‘s brand new paper on SSRN, “Tie Votes in the Supreme Court.” Justin gives us some empirical data on 4-4 splits in the Supreme Court and argues that the court should dismiss cases as improvidently granted if the result would be a tie.
The Washington Post has some useful coverage by Jeff Guo of Wyoming’s law that makes it a crime to collect data from both private and public lands for purposes of providing those data to the federal government. The article builds on a Slate piece that my University of Denver colleague Justin Pidot published last week and quotes Justin in the article. An excerpt:
“Government shouldn’t be in the business of concealing wrongdoing. When you have a state government creating a law criminalizing people revealing truthful information about illegal conduct, then something’s gone horribly astray in our democracy.”
The law is unconstitutional in a number of ways, and the chilling effect on citizens’ First Amendment rights — both the right to free speech and the right to petition the government — is particularly troubling.
My colleague Justin Pidot has a piece in Slate about a new law passed in Wyoming with troubling First Amendment implications, as well as many other constitutional problems. The law criminalizes collecting data on both public and private lands and providing it to the government. An excerpt from the piece: Continue reading