Oregon’s Two-Pronged Attack on the First Amendment


Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ruled this week that Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, must pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the lesbian couple they denied service. The ruling is also an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs. More here.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Perhaps Oregon has not yet heard the the Fourteenth Amendment binds the First on the states.

More Pluto


nh-7-1-15_pluto_charonNew color images from the New Horizons spacecraft show two very different sides of the Pluto. One has a series of evenly spaced spots along the equator, each about the size of the state of Missouri. While the origin of the spots is a mystery for now, the answer may be revealed as the spacecraft continues its approach to the dwarf planet.

The pictures above were generated by combining black-and-white images of Pluto and Charon from the spacecraft’s Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) with lower-resolution color data from the Ralph instrument to produce these views. The planet and its largest moon are shown in approximately true color as they would appear to someone riding on the spacecraft.

Image Credit: NASA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


In an amazing flash of Acme Legal expertise, the Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt is threatening to amend his complaint in Schmalfeldt v. Grady. However, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15, his last day to amend his complaint as a matter of course was 29 June, i.e., 21 days after Patrick Grady filed his motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(2).

It’s still possible for him to amend his complaint, but that now requires either Grady’s concurrence (fat chance) or the court’s permission.