President Obama has become a constitutional squatter

During my first year at the University of Chicago Law School, while wading through painfully obscure court decisions from hundreds of year ago, I learned that under English Common Law individuals who had no ownership rights in a piece of property could establish “squatters rights” by taking exclusive possession of the property and staying there for a long period of time. The courts of those days reasoned, correctly, that if a rightful property owner did not seek to exercise and enforce his rights within a reasonable amount of time, then…

Prediction: Orrin Hatch Will Run Again in 2018

A long time ago, a younger Orrin Hatch made this quip about three-term senator Frank Moss. “What do you call a senator who’s served for three terms? You call him home.” Seven terms later, after more than one promise that he would not run again, he’s leaving the door open. Let me tell ya something, when that Tough Old Bird leaves a door open, he walks through it. Maybe it was a promise he intended to keep in 2012. The same as the promises he’s made in previous terms when…