Author Archive for Dr. John A. Sparks

Fisher v. University of Texas: The Court Misses an Opportunity
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Fisher v. University of Texas: The Court Misses an Opportunity

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What did the court do? What should it have done?

Judge Robert Bork
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Robert Bork and Grove City College

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On a dark February afternoon in 1988, 25 students in a U.S. Constitutional History class waited expectantly in a little-used dining hall on the campus of Grove City College (in Grove City, Pennsylvania) for a special guest lecturer to arrive. I was the professor in charge of that class. Through the doors of that meeting […]

Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny?
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Obamacare: Will It Withstand Constitutional Scrutiny?

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The U.S. Supreme Court is now poised to review the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare.” The nine Justices will hear oral arguments totaling an unprecedented five-and-a-half hours beginning on March 26, 2012 and concluding on March 28. The usual allocation of time for Supreme Court oral arguments is just 60 […]

Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm
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Obamacare: Constitutionally Infirm

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the key feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known by many as “Obamacare,” is unconstitutional. The “individual mandate” portion of the legislation — a provision which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer a monetary […]