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June 29, 2017

The 1973 ban on civil supersonic flight over land traces its origins to a panic spurred by an activist movement that opposed the French and British supersonic transporter, the Concorde. While we see a legitimate public interest in reasonable limitations on aircraft noise, banning civil supersonic flight altogether is anachronistic, and has effectively created a technological speed limit over the United States. It has persisted for forty-four years due to regulatory inertia, and stifled private sector research and development into quiet and affordable supersonic travel for far too long.

June 26, 2017

While there were no retirement announcements at the Supreme Court today, conservatives hope that the much-predicted departure of Justice Anthony Kennedy will soon pave the way for President Trump to put a dependably constitutionalist – or "textualist" if you will -- majority on the Supreme Court for the first time since the 1930's. That hope, however, depends entirely on the proposition that President Trump can be relied upon to put conservative justices on the Court (we would not be talking about the first conservative majority in 80 years if GOP presidents could be assumed to be reliable ). That proposition got a big boost today from the record of Justice Neil Gorsuch on the final day of the 2016-17 term.

June 19, 2017

The Committee for Justice applauds the Supreme Court's unanimous decision today in Matal v. Tam, striking down a provision of federal law that allows the federal government to deny registration to trademarks that people might find disparaging. Today's decision is a huge victory for free speech, particularly because it comes at a time when censorship of "offensive" speech is reaching epidemic proportions on college campuses and in the public discourse. It is very encouraging to see that the Court's liberal and conservative Justices alike sided with free expression over political correctness.

June 6, 2017

The Committee for Justice applauds the Supreme Court’s decision, announced Monday, to review the Sixth Circuit's ruling in United States v. Carpenter. "This case provides the Court with a much-needed opportunity to ensure that the principles behind our constitutional right to privacy are preserved in the digital age, as rapid technological advancements challenge courts' ability to apply older Fourth Amendment principles and precedents," said Committee for Justice (CFJ) president Curt Levey. Ashley Baker, Director of Public Policy at CFJ, explained, "The central question in Carpenter is whether law enforcement agencies can use the third-party doctrine, an exception to Fourth Amendment guarantees, and the lower standar...

May 10, 2017

Turning the search for a new FBI Director and the confirmation hearings that follow into yet another highly politicized fight about the 2016 elections would waste time, serve nobody's interests, and distract from the very important task of quickly finding the best person to lead the FBI. The surest way to find a Director who will not be trusted by one or both parties is through a bitterly partisan selection process. Moreover, if Justice Anthony Kennedy were to retire following the end of the Supreme Court term next month, as many expect, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate would have its hands full with the confirmation of a new Supreme Court Justice this summer. Past experience tells us that would be a bloody confirmati...

May 8, 2017

The Committee for Justice applauds President Trump's expected announcement today of ten nominees to the federal courts. As was true of Trump's selection of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court, this group of nominees confirms the President's stated commitment to appoint judges who will enforce the Constitution's limits on federal power and its protection of individual liberty.

May 5, 2017

Committee For Justice President Curt Levey will be speaking at the Republican National Lawyers Association's (RNLA) National Policy Conference today, May 5, at 4 PM EST. He will be joined by Martin Gold, author of "Senate Procedure and Practice," to discuss the judicial confirmation process.

March 14, 2017

The Constitution's enumeration of a limited set of activities that the federal government can engage in, as well as the underlying assumption that most of life's activities are best left to the individual or to local government.

The Constitution states that the role of the federal courts is to resolve actual cases and controversies, which does not include interpreting statutes apart from a case that requires it.

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