Mark Pulliam

About Mark Pulliam

Mark Pulliam is a lawyer and commentator who fled California and now lives in Austin, Texas. He is a contributing editor at the Library of Law and Liberty and proprietor of the Misrule of Law blog.

Kavanaugh: Too Soon to Be Reading Tea Leaves

Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Savor those words: They are the culmination of a harrowing ordeal—for Kavanaugh, his family, and the entire nation. At his despicable confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh was subjected to a pummeling more brutal than the gauntlets faced by Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas, combined. Kavanaugh’s replacement of moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy, long

By | 2018-12-13T20:14:07+00:00 December 13th, 2018|

Profiles in Absurdity: Jim Acosta as First Amendment ‘Hero’

The latest theatrics involving Jim Acosta, the left-wing political activist posing as a CNN reporter, perfectly illustrate the reasons why ordinary Americans despise the Beltway swamp: anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as journalism, rude and arrogant “reporters” engaged in 24/7 “resistance,” a federal judiciary so thoroughly dominated by liberal opinion that even Republican-appointed judges parrot

By | 2018-11-17T18:02:06+00:00 November 18th, 2018|

Power Struggle: What Kavanaugh’s Confirmation Really Means

When President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court last year, I predicted, “The real fight will come later, if and when one of the liberal Justices (Ginsburg, for example), or the swing-voting Kennedy, departs the court through death or retirement and creates another vacancy. At that point, when the ideological

By | 2018-10-15T21:50:19+00:00 October 16th, 2018|

Having Your Cake and Eating It, Too

Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, was the most closely watched case of the 2017-2018 term. And for good reason. In a classic culture war match-up, a devout Christian baker, Jack Phillips, was pitted against a same-sex couple, who were incensed that Phillips

By | 2018-06-06T23:46:39+00:00 June 6th, 2018|

Has Gorsuch ‘Gone Wobbly’ Already?

A Supreme Court decision on immigration that was not expected to be controversial instead attracted wide attention upon its release last week. The reason: Justice Neil Gorsuch, the much-heralded successor to the legendary Antonin Scalia, joined with the High Court’s four liberals to overturn an immigration statute on the grounds that it was “void

By | 2018-04-25T10:41:41+00:00 April 25th, 2018|

Deferring Democracy: What the DACA Ruling Means

Judge William Alsup Since President Donald Trump took office last year, the federal judiciary has led the Deep State’s massive resistance to the results of an election they refuse to accept. Lawless judicial decisions by activist federal judges attempting to overturn legitimate policies have become so commonplace that they are scarcely

By | 2018-01-11T12:10:20+00:00 January 11th, 2018|

Justice Kennedy’s Too-Late Lament for Tolerance

I have been silent about Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, not because I lack interest in the case, but because it has already generated extensive commentary here and throughout the commentariat. Court watchers, like fortune tellers reading tea leaves, speculate how the justices will line up, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely

By | 2018-05-11T08:21:35+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|

Monumental Dishonesty

Walk around any college campus, and you will see the names of distinguished faculty and generous donors adorning most of the buildings. Likewise, many campuses feature statues, memorials, or plaques dedicated to individuals or events of historical significance to that particular school, or the school’s home state. Such monuments typically seek to connect

By | 2017-12-07T08:04:19+00:00 December 6th, 2017|