Tag: due process
In simple terms, is basically a legal requirement that no citizen be deprived of their legal rights without proper application of the law. In other words, under due process, a person cannot have their property seized or be put in jail without first going through the legal system to determine if they are guilty of the crime they’ve been accused of and determining what punishment should be applied. Due process of the law is an important part of the American legal system and in other countries as well.
The Fifth Amendment says to the federal government that no one shall be "deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law." The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, uses the same eleven words, called the Due Process Clause, to describe a legal obligation of all states. These words have as their central promise an assurance that all levels of American government must operate within the law ("legality") and provide fair procedures. Most of this essay concerns that promise. We should briefly note, however, three other uses that these words have had in American constitutional law.
I wanted to leave this alone for awhile, but after I wrote yesterday’s post, dwelling as it did on the quarantining of 16,000,000 in Italy, it was announced that the ENTIRE COUNTRY of Italy was going into quarantine. Can you imagine?
For anyone making fun of people stocking up on toilet paper and other items, just look at Italy. They’ve gone from being able to move about freely, acquire necessities and such at will–no hoarding necessary!–and literally overnight, they are now confined to their homes except for emergencies and going to work.
With people still going to work, one doubts … continue reading...
I am gently informed by Mormons that the Mormon-like polygamist community in Texas are not Mormons. Read their arguments and my initial post on this subject here.
So, a Texas court has ruled that the State acted inappropriately as it extricated more than 400 children from the Texas polygamist compound. Here are two articles that discuss the matter:
That article contains this comment which is consistent with my earlier post, which takes issue with the hypocrisy involved:
“The Department conceded at the hearing that teenage pregnancy, by itself, is not a reason to remove children from … continue reading...