Hans A. von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation's Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, where he manages the Civil Justice Reform Initiative.

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February 5, 2018, 10:14 AM EST
A formerly secret memo released Friday by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee raises serious questions about the judgment and actions of a handful of current and former senior officials at the FBI and the Justice Department.
January 31, 2018, 4:19 PM EST
The immigration framework released by the White House last week raises a number of serious questions.
January 26, 2018, 3:23 PM EST
The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, which is located in Charlottesville and is dedicated to “the defense of free expression in all its forms,” gives out annual awards called the “Jefferson Muzzles” to individuals and organizations responsible for “especially egregious or ridiculous affronts to free expression.”
January 17, 2018, 4:13 PM EST
A federal judge in Alabama has thrown out a lawsuit against the state’s voter ID law, finding that the law doesn’t prevent anyone from voting because “nearly the entire population of registered voters in Alabama already possess a photo ID that can be used for voting.”
January 9, 2018, 10:29 AM EST
Reversing Obama-era policy, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has given federal prosecutors the discretion to prosecute marijuana traffickers.
December 4, 2017, 4:05 PM EST
Some members of Congress are threatening to block government funding unless Congress provides amnesty to so-called Dreamers—the illegal aliens included in President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which President Donald Trump is ending.
September 28, 2017, 4:14 PM EDT
If you haven’t heard many details about the latest proclamation signed by President Donald Trump, it’s probably because critics—including media—don’t want anyone reading it.
September 26, 2017, 4:11 PM EDT
Texas has just won the second (procedural) round in the fight over the state Legislature’s attempt to punish cities that implement sanctuary policies.
September 25, 2017, 8:40 AM EDT
According to a Philadelphia elections official, hundreds of individuals who are not U.S. citizens have registered to vote in Philadelphia and nearly half of them voted in past elections. Since 2006, 317 registered voters have contacted the City Commissioners, which oversees Philadelphia elections, asking that their registrations be canceled because they are not citizens.
September 21, 2017, 9:20 AM EDT
If you have no idea what happened at the second meeting of President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in New Hampshire on Sept. 12, I’m not surprised.
September 12, 2017, 9:01 AM EDT
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced in a speech Thursday that she will roll back an Obama-era “guidance” document that drove colleges to implement Star Chamber-like tribunals to mishandle sexual assault cases.
September 7, 2017, 12:24 PM EDT
Last week, Christian Adams and I reported on the latest mistaken decision by federal district court Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, who threw out—for the fifth time—Texas’ amended voter ID law.
August 30, 2017, 9:46 AM EDT
Some judges are determined to strike down election integrity laws, no matter what.
August 25, 2017, 3:51 PM EDT
Various media sources have reported that federal District Court Judge Reggie Walton has ordered the IRS to finally respond to various legal requests for information and documents made by the conservative tea party organizations that sued the agency.
July 28, 2017, 4:35 PM EDT
A new bombshell study released by the Government Accountability Institute shows why President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has such an important job ahead of it.
July 20, 2017, 4:08 PM EDT
I want to ensure that every American who is eligible is able to vote, and that his or her vote is not stolen or diluted because of administrative mistakes, errors by election officials, or intentional wrongdoing by those who are willing to take advantage of what we have, which is basically an honor system.
June 15, 2017, 11:54 AM EDT
No one should be surprised that a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, made up of three judges appointed by President Bill Clinton, upheld the injunction on Monday against President Donald Trump’s revised executive order temporarily halting entry from six terrorist safe haven nations.
May 16, 2017, 12:08 PM EDT
No one should read anything substantive into this.
May 9, 2017, 9:08 AM EDT
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acted to protect the citizens of Texas on Sunday when he signed into law SB 4, a bill to punish (and deter) local cities and counties like Austin from implementing sanctuary policies.
April 6, 2017, 3:13 PM EDT
This ill-considered action will endanger Californians' safety.