Category Archives: Legal Reality Check

Obama’s EPA interpreted “navigable” waters to mean ALL waters in crushing WOTUS rule

It Means What It Says by GREG WALCHER on SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 Leaders are often advised to be straightforward. “Say what you mean, and mean what you say.” The quote is often attributed…

“Equal Access” law has been a cash cow for extreme environmentalist groups

Commentary: Western communities lose as environmental groups reap millions By NICK SMITH Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities as published in Capital Press The U.S. Forest Service released its budget justification for…

Letter: “Working Animal Protection Act” shields enterprises from animal rights radicals

OPINION Northern Ag Net If passed, the Working Animal Protection Act  would disallow an outright ban on any legal animal enterprise related to working animals. The purpose and goal of the Working Animal…

Property Rights Champion Takes Key Position with U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Budd Falen takes position in Interior Department as Deputy Solicitor for Wildlife and Parks Rachel Gabel The Fencepost When Karen Budd Falen served on the Trump Transition Team on interior…

IN SEARCH OF ATTICUS FINCH — Enter Marcus Mumford, like a Bull in a China Shop — by Todd Macfarlane

NOTE: This article was first published in Range magazine, and earned an award from the Nevada Press Association.  PAYING THE PRICE At approximately 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017,…

Addressing JUDICIAL BIAS and the Elephant in the Room — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

  What If You’re Viewed as the Red-Headed Step Child? Have you ever watched the movie Ever After starring Drew Barrymore? It depicts Barrymore in a Cinderella role, as the…

Critical Questions of Jurisdiction, Discovery, Labels, Discrimination & Choosing a Jury — Welcome to Federal Court — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

Oregon Standoff “Discovery” Makes Interesting Revelations The time of surprises in criminal trials is now supposed to be a thing of the past.  Unlike legal drama movies and TV series…

Anatomy of a Conspiracy — Legal Reality Check — by Todd Macfarlane

The only thing that makes a conspiracy illegal is an unlawful purpose or objective. Bearing the whole judicial transparency issue in mind, in this piece I’m going to follow-up on…

Ongoing Issues with Judicial Transparency, the Fourth Amendment, and Lengthy Pre-trial Detention — LEGAL REALITY CHECK — by Todd Macfarlane

  The Oregon Standoff cases test the bounds of a number of issues from judicial transparency to Fourth Amendment protections, and lengthy pre-trial detentions. As previously mentioned, the Internet, including…