Statements about Legal Issues

Federal prosecutions for lying on background checks to buy guns are "down 40 percent" under President Barack Obama.

Right now, if Rhode Island police come across a young person with a gun, "they really don't legally have the right to take it away from them."

"Well over 90 percent of felony cases, all over the nation, are committed by defendants who grew up in father-absent households."

Says President Barack Obama "has allowed, each year he's been here, the prosecutions of gun cases (for background check failures) to go down. ... They've declined every year since President Bush left office."

"In Rhode Island, 28 percent of adults released from state prisons are re-incarcerated within a year."

On recusing herself from cases after receiving a campaign contribution

On changing the rules governing judicial conflicts of interest

"Very few men outlive their own fertility."

"The majority of my contributions have been from private individuals" giving $125 on average, "not from PACs, not from groups."

"When the president's spokesman was asked about (Anwar) al-Awlaki's son, … he said he should have chosen a more responsible father."

"Do you know which state has the worst ratio of white voter turnout to African-American voter turnout? Massachusetts. Do you know what has the best, where African-American turnout actually exceeds white turnout? Mississippi."

If the sequester hits, federal prosecutors will have to "let criminals go."

Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices are "deciding fewer opinions in civil and criminal cases than they used to."

Says she heard more than 2,400 cases as a Wisconsin appeals court judge  

Employers and schools have no right to conduct "surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle."

"Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts" to create a legal framework on counterterrorism.

"Religious groups like Knights of Columbus have been forced to allow same-sex marriage ceremonies in their facilities, against their beliefs."

"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."

"The average age of first marijuana use is 12."

"In Minnesota, well over 6,200 election-day registrations from 2008 proved fraudulent."

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