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Marital Association Claim Nixed By Eighth Circuit

As most of us know, the First Amendment protects “freedom of association,” among the various protections it offers.   And, what could be much more associational than marriage?  Courts refer to that as “intimate association.”   The constitutional right to intimate association protects the formation and preservation of certain kinds of highly personal relationships, thereby restricting governmental […]

Baltimore Prosecutor Who Opposed Mosby’s Election Loses First Amendment Challenge

Keri Borzilleri, a former high-ranking Assistant State’s Attorney (ASA) who worked for nine years in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office, was fired without cause just four days after Marilyn Mosby took office as the newly elected lead prosecutor in 2015. Though no explanation was publicly given, Borzilleri was likely terminated for having supported Mosby’s […]

Puzder Withdraws From Consideration For Secretary Of Labor

Two months ago, nearly to the day, I wrote about Andrew Puzder’s nomination as Secretary of Labor in the Trump administration.  After having his confirmation hearings before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee pushed back four times, and with hearings finally set for today, Puzder withdrew from consideration yesterday afternoon. While supporters […]

Thomas Perez Confirmed As Labor Secretary; New NLRB Nominees Named

On July 18, 2013, the Senate confirmed Thomas Perez as labor secretary with a party-line vote of 54-46.  Perez is currently the head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and will replace Hilda Solis, who resigned from the top labor post in January 2013.  Following his nomination in March, Republicans aggressively criticized Perez, […]