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David J. Shestokas

About David J. Shestokas

David Shestokas is an attorney licensed in IL and FL and author of Constitutional Sound Bites .

He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University and J.D. from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, while serving on the The John Marshall Law Review. He studied law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
For Spanish speakers he and Dr. Berta Isabel Arias offer a Spanish language translation of Constitutional Sound Bites: Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales .

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Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales follows the tradition of informing citizens about the country’s founding documents in their native languages. In 1787, one third of Pennsylvania’s residents were German speakers. Accordingly, of the 4500 copies of the proposed Constitution that legislature ordered, 1500 were in German. Everyone understands important ideas best in their native language, and Cápsulas Informativas Constitucionales recognizes the importance of making available America's First Principles to 36,000,000 Americans.

The CNN Lawsuit Over Jim Acosta’s Press Pass

The press pass privileges of CNN’s Jim Acosta were revoked following an encounter with a White House intern during a presidential press conference. The intern had attempted to take away a microphone from Acosta when the President had recognized another reporter for a question. Acosta resisted the intern’s efforts. There is video of the event […]

ILLINOIS FELONY FACT SHEET

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ILLINOIS DOMESTIC BATTERY FACT SHEET

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Another Federal Judge Ignores the Law and Imposes His Will

Not sure what part of “temporary” or “no judicial review” US District Court Judge Edward Chen doesn’t understand. The good judge has joined the ranks of federal judges in the “resistance” and decided to make up his own law in issuing an injunction halting another effort of the Trump Administration to enforce the law as […]

Dr. Ford’s Reticence to Testify in Judge Kavanaugh Senate Hearing

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America First: The MAGA Manifesto

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Ninth Circuit: Second Amendment Protects Right to Open Carry in Public

On July 24, 2018 a three judge panel of the normally liberal United States Ninth Circuit Appeals affirmed that the Second Amendment protects a personal right to openly carry a firearm in public. The County of Hawaii’s Chief of Police had twice denied George K. Young’s application to carry a handgun because he failed to […]

The Carter Page FISA Applications Are 22 Pages of Nothing

Since it’s all the rage, I took time to read the Carter Page FISA warrant applications. There’s a torrent of social media and cable news about what these documents prove. A great deal of the commentary starts with and seems to emphasize a particular fact that is technically true. The documents released consist of 412 […]

My Support for Judge Kavanaugh

Investigating President Trump’s nomination for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought back memories of law school and a nettlesome problem I observed in America. Here’s how I came to believe a Justice Kavanaugh will be good for America. As part of being on law review all members write a piece called a “note”. It’s […]

IT IS THE SOLDIER

Consideration of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is often focused on abstract ideals, principles and philosophy.  Certainly these are part of the mix that guide our daily decisions and interactions with our fellow citizens. The freedoms and liberties we enjoy in the United States will forever be under attack […]