Presidents aren’t above the law. They’ve been assailed in court on numerous occasions. In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a sample of times the presidents found themselves in legal hot water.
Decided in January of 1985, the Supreme Court case New Jersey vs. T.L.O. established that the Fourth Amendment, which addresses “unreasonable search and seizure,” has limitations when applied to minors at school and other events.
Seattle’s mayor and city attorney have announced that they will ask the city’s courts to vacate all local misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions.
Trump’s new tax plan makes significant changes to how homeowners will handle their taxes, including mortgage interest deductions, equity loan deductions, SALT, and capital gains.
Trump’s new tax plan is projected to have a disastrous impact on the Affordable Care Act by eliminating the Individual Mandate that makes the insurance marketplaces feasible.
The Supreme Court ruling in 2010 for Citizens United had a groundbreaking impact on US politics and the role money plays in campaign funding and finance.
Washington officials are not quietly accepting the repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Washington’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, has announced he’ll file a lawsuit against the FCC, but the rest of the Washington government has plans to stop it, too.
Five times that states have stepped up on legislation when the people felt the federal government didn’t get it right.
Lane splitting, or filtering, is a practice used by motorcycle and scooter operators in heavy traffic, where they pass conventional vehicles within the same lane, or in the gap between rows of stopped or slow-moving cars. Though common in other countries, few states condone it, though there may be a shift of opinion underway.
In the delightfully cynical 1947 movie Miracle on 34th Street, an attorney manipulates people’s self-interest to legally prove that a nice old man with whiskers is the real Santa Claus. Movies are notorious for ignoring real-life law. Would the attorney win his case today?