Author Archives: F. E. Guerra-Pujol

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.

Recap of the laws of national necessity

Note: This is the last blog post in a series of posts on the president’s power to use military force to quell domestic disturbances inside the United States. Thus far, we have surveyed the enactment of five federal “domestic violence” … Continue reading

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The strategy of riots

I am interrupting my series of blog posts on the president’s power to use military force inside the United States to share this game-theoretic perspective of riots via The Scholar’s Stage (italics in original; hat tip: Tyler Cowen): “Riots then … Continue reading

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Act III: The Suppression of Rebellion Act of 1861 and the Enforcement Act of 1871

As of today (June 1), we have witnessed six days and six nights of protests, looting, and other civil disturbances in many cities across the U.S. following the extrajudicial police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We assume this unrest … Continue reading

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Act II: The Insurrection Act of 1807

Let’s proceed with our review of federal “domestic violence” law. When former Vice President Aaron Burr was accused of orchestrating a shadowy conspiracy to create an independent republic in North America in late 1805, President Thomas Jefferson took decisive military … Continue reading

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Act I: The Militia Acts of 1792 and 1795

When can a president use military force inside the United States? Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives to the Congress—not to the president—the power “to raise and support armies” as well as the power “to provide for calling … Continue reading

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Does the president have the legal authority to use military force in Minneapolis?

Yes, he does, and he doesn’t have to wait for the Governor of Minnesota to make a formal request for federal help. Beginning in 1792, the Congress enacted five specific laws authorizing the president to use military force within the … Continue reading

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Why hasn’t President Trump addressed the nation yet?

Is Donald Trump the Adam Silver of politics? For someone with such a big mouth, why hasn’t he addressed his fellow citizens yet? Sorry, but tweets and subtweets are no substitute for a live address to the nation. Update (May … Continue reading

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