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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April 9, 2015, 2:52 PM EDT
In an order issued late Tuesday, federal district court Judge Andrew Hanen refused to lift the preliminary injunction he had previously issued stopping the implementation of the immigration amnesty plan announced by President Obama last November.
April 8, 2015, 12:48 PM EDT
At almost the same time last week that the outgoing U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen, gave Lois Lerner a get-out-of-jail free card over her contempt of Congress citation, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service suffered a huge procedural loss in a court fight in Ohio.
March 20, 2015, 11:25 AM EDT
In a potentially troubling sign for the First Amendment, President Barack Obama told a town hall meeting in Cleveland Wednesday that it would be “transformative” if we had “mandatory voting” to ensure that “everybody voted.” Apparently, he wants to follow the example of a very small number of other countries and implement a reverse poll tax that would fine you if you failed to vote.
March 5, 2015, 5:50 PM EST
Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument in King v. Burwell, an important case dealing with the Obama administration’s attempt to hand out tax credits not authorized by the text of the law.
February 18, 2015, 10:06 AM EST
The 26 states that sued President Obama over his unilateral amnesty plan for illegal aliens won a major battle on Monday when a federal judge issued a temporary injunction against the plan’s implementation. In a fitting bit of irony, the order was issued on President’s Day, a day when we remember the great men who fulfilled their duties as heads of the second branch of government.
January 28, 2015, 3:08 PM EST
In the midst of his recovery from a serious accident at his home in Nevada, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has gotten some more bad news: the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the felony conviction of Harvey Whittemore, a big financial supporter of the senator.
January 14, 2015, 5:19 PM EST
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, a challenge by a church to a town ordinance regulating signs.
January 2, 2015, 10:19 AM EST
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Southern District of Texas has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 9 on the request for an injunction filed by 24 states against President Obama’s immigration amnesty plan.
December 31, 2014, 10:29 AM EST
With the president and Congress out of town, Washington, D.C. is very quiet during the holidays, without the long lines one normally sees at museums and capitol attractions. So it was a good time last week to take my family to see a wonderful exhibit at the Library of Congress, jointly sponsored by the Federalist Society, of one of the only four existing manuscript copies of the 1215 Magna Carta signed by King John at Runnymede.
December 5, 2014, 11:04 AM EST
Seventeen states have sued the federal government in federal court in Texas over President Obama’s plan to “unilaterally suspend the immigration laws as applied to 4 million of the 11 million” illegal aliens in the United States.
November 19, 2014, 2:37 PM EST
According to the Associated Press, as well as House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., President Barack Obama’s plan to provide executive amnesty to more than five million illegal immigrants is no different than unilateral actions that were taken by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
November 18, 2014, 10:03 AM EST
Members of Congress who have been defeated, as well as those who did not seek re-election, are still be able to vote in the lame-duck session, which lasts until the new Congress begins Jan. 3, despite the fact that they “are no longer accountable to the voters” as Senators Ted Cruz , R-Texas, and Mike Lee R-Utah, have said.
November 6, 2014, 1:15 PM EST
Recently I saw one of those spontaneous events that renews your faith in the patriotism and good will of the American people. It also illustrated their appreciation for the servicemen and women who have risked their lives for our nation.
November 3, 2014, 4:36 PM EST
In the past few months, a former police chief in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to voter fraud in a town-council election. That fraud had flipped the outcome of a primary election.
September 24, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT
Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her?
September 15, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into the IRS scandal isn’t a real investigation.
September 9, 2014, 11:18 AM EDT
When the Senate reconvenes today, the No.1 legislative priority of Democrats is to pass a resolution that would gut the First Amendment, one of the few times in American history an amendment has been proposed to cut back on part of the Bill of Rights.
September 5, 2014, 9:54 AM EDT
Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is putting the finishing touches on his supposed “investigation” of the IRS scandal that will, in essence, be a press release for the IRS and the administration, a reliable source tells me.
September 3, 2014, 2:37 PM EDT
The Daily Caller has obtained an email that provides more stark evidence of the liberal bias of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status.
August 28, 2014, 10:11 AM EDT
Events keep happening in the IRS scandal that are upsetting the usual norm, and the latest is more news about the destruction by the IRS of possible evidence in the case.