Only in America
A 20-year-old man is suing a publisher for damages over a fraudulent book his father wrote claiming his son went to heaven and met Jesus following a 2004 car crash. Alex Malarkey, who was left paralyzed by the accident, said two years ago that his father, Kevin, totally fabricated the best-seller and did not share the millions he made. The lawsuit demands that Alex’s name be “completely disassociated from the book.”
A Nevada woman has refused to sing the national anthem before a minor-league baseball game because she can’t carry a gun into the stadium. Alishia Wolcott said she was “thrilled” to be asked to sing before a Reno Aces game until she learned the stadium had installed metal detectors that would “strip me of my Second Amendment rights.”
Boring but important
Justices strike down deportation law
Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the court’s four liberal-leaning justices this week to strike down a federal immigration law that allowed immigrants to be deported for violent crimes, ruling the law was unconstitutionally vague. The defendant in Sessions v. Dimaya, James Dimaya, was born in the Philippines and became a permanent U.S. resident in 1992, when he was 13 years old. The government sought to deport him following burglary convictions in 2007 and 2009. But the justices ruled 5-4 that the law’s definition of “aggravated felony” as any crime with a “substantial risk” of physical force was too broad to be applied consistently by the courts. “Vague laws invite arbitrary power,” Gorsuch wrote in his concurring opinion.