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  • States Given Until Monday to Respond in Immigration Lawsuit

    02/24/2015 3:36:32 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | 02/24/2015
    A judge says a coalition of states suing to stop President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration has until Monday to respond to a request by the U.S. government to lift a temporary hold of Obama's orders. U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, set the deadline in a court order he issued Tuesday.
  • Mariana Islands has Date for Second Amendment Hearing

    02/24/2015 1:24:09 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Federal court in the Northern Mariana Islands has set a date for the hearing on summary judgment for the lawsuit to uphold the second amendment in the Islands.  From mvariety.com: THE District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands scheduled a March 12, 2015 hearing on the motion for a summary judgment on the constitutionality the commonwealth Weapons Control Act being challenged by a U.S. Navy Gulf War veteran and his wife.From radionz.co.nz: They want to be issued handguns for self-defence, following a home invasion which left Mrs Radich badly beaten. Our correspondent, Mark Rabago, says the Act is...
  • DAVID BARTON WINS MILLION-DOLLAR DEFAMATION SUIT (against atheist)

    02/22/2015 5:51:30 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 23 replies
    WND.com ^ | 20DEC2014 | John Aman
    David Barton critics beware: There’s now a price to pay if you want to defame the popular historian, author and speaker with false and outlandish charges. Barton won a $1 million defamation judgment in August against two left-leaning candidates for the Texas State Board of Education. The pair, Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Judy Jennings, charged in a 2010 campaign video that Barton, a consultant to the Board, was “known for speaking at white-supremacist rallies.” That highly charged claim stems from two 1991 speeches Barton gave to groups linked to the racist and anti-Semitic “Christian Identity” movement. Barton, recognized as a strong...
  • Former Atlanta fire chief files federal lawsuit against Reed

    02/19/2015 12:39:13 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 2/18/15 | Katie Leslie
    Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Mayor Kasim Reed and the city, saying he was fired last month because of his religion. Attorneys with faith-based nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom are representing Cochran in the federal case, which was filed Wednesday.
  • It’s official: DHS shuts down Obama’s immigration plan after Texas ruling, ‘until further notice’

    02/17/2015 12:28:21 PM PST · by Red Steel · 53 replies
    Blaze ^ | Pete Kasperowicz | Feb. 17, 2015 1:56pm
    The Department of Homeland Security said that it would not be moving forward on Wednesday with its plan to implement President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, after a federal judge imposed an injunction on the program. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday that he “strongly” disagrees with the decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, but said “we recognize we must comply with it.” “Accordingly, the Department of Homeland Security will not begin accepting requests for the expansion of DACA tomorrow, February 18, as originally planned,” Johnson said. “Until further notice, we will also...
  • Millions at risk of losing coverage in Supreme Court health law case

    02/16/2015 8:24:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies
    Washington Post via MSN ^ | 2/16/15 | Lena H. Sun and Niraj Chokshi
    **SNIP** Meredith is one of about 6 million people whose subsidized insurance hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court takes up a case that poses the most serious challenge to the Affordable Care Act since the court found the law constitutional more than two years ago. The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell insist that people who buy coverage on the federal exchange are not entitled to subsidies, noting that the law says financial help is available for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State.” The Obama administration argues that Congress clearly intended to help everyone who qualifies...
  • ObamaCare Must Go!

    01/25/2015 10:42:39 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/25/15 | Alan Caruba
    If the Republican Congress fails to take swift and deliberate action on ObamaCare between now and the 2016 elections, they will have defeated themselves Can anyone remember how awful the U.S. healthcare free market system was that it needed to be replaced by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare? Can’t remember? That’s because it was ranked one of the best of the world and represented 17.9% of the nation’s economy in 2014. That’s down from the 20% it represented in 2009 when ObamaCare was foisted on Americans. One of the best ways to follow the ObamaCare story is...
  • Connecticut Supreme Court Rules State Can Force Chemotherapy On Teen

    01/08/2015 11:55:21 AM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | 1/8/15 | Josh Kovner
    HARTFORD — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Windsor Locks teen is not legally mature enough to decide against life-saving chemotherapy. The unanimous decision, after a 75-minute hearing, upheld a lower court ruling that the state can force treatment for Hodgkin´s lymphoma on the girl, identified as Cassandra C. The state Department of Children and Families had been awarded custody of the child, who is "doing well" with chemotherapy at Connecticut Children´s Medical Center, a lawyer for the state told the justices. The court Thursday heard arguments from lawyers for Cassandra and her mother, Jackie Fortin, who supports
  • Alan Dershowitz moves to sue lawyers representing alleged teen ‘sex slave’ for defamation, but ...

    01/06/2015 10:39:49 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 23 replies
    Legal eagle Alan Dershowitz is not taking the accusation that he bedded a teenage sex slave lying down. The former Harvard Law School professor has filed a sworn statement in Miami federal court "to protect his reputation" against what he calls "outrageously false" and "contemptible" allegations. Dershowitz also vowed to file disciplinary complaints against the attorneys representing his accuser, who has been identified as 30-year-old Virginia Roberts. But before Dershowitz could, the lawyers — Paul Cassell and Bradley Edwards — sued him for defamation.
  • US appeals court deems gun law unconstitutional

    12/19/2014 4:50:53 AM PST · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 19, 2014
    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati deemed a law unconstitutional that kept a Michigan man who was committed to a mental institution from owning a gun. The three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a federal ban on gun ownership for those who have been committed to a mental institution violated the Second Amendment rights of 73-year-old Clifford Charles Tyler. Tyler attempted to buy a gun and was denied on the grounds that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1986 after suffering emotional problems stemming from a divorce. He was only...
  • No taxpayer-funded sex-change for prison inmate convicted of murder, court rules

    12/17/2014 9:44:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    AP ^ | December 16, 2014
    A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering Massachusetts prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for killing spouse Cheryl Kosilek in 1990. Kosilek has waged a protracted legal battle for the surgery she says is necessary to relieve the mental anguish caused by gender-identity disorder. [Snip] Kosilek, now 65, told The Associated Press in 2011 that the surgery is a medical necessity. "Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out...
  • District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional

    12/16/2014 1:20:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/16/2014 | By Jonathan H. Adler
    <p>Earlier Tuesday, a federal court in Pennsylvania declared aspects of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy unconstitutional.</p> <p>According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals. As a consequence, Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.</p>
  • PA Files 'Desperate' Writ to Stall Terror Trial

    12/11/2014 2:12:16 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/14 | Ari Yashar
    After losing a landmark decision on November 20 allowing them to be tried for terrorism charges in a $1 billion case, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have now filed a very rare appeal to the Second Circuit of courts trying to squash the case. Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) is leading the legal charge against the PA and PLO. In a press release on Thursday they noted that the appeal, known as a motion for a writ of mandamus, "concerns personal jurisdiction and should have been filed months ago." "This is a desperate attempt by the...
  • Don’t Count Out the Court [which may strike down executive amnesty]

    11/20/2014 9:45:05 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/14 | Mickey Kaus
    With Obama’s executive amnesty imminent, anonymous White House aides are cockily dismissing John Boehner’s threatened lawsuit against it as a stunt. Even among opponents of executive amnesty — and I’m with them — there’s a tendency to pooh pooh the suit. It’s a loser, it will take forever to decide, it’s an attempt to ‘redirect Republican rage’ away from budgetary remedies like denying funding, etc. Not so fast. I’m all for giving defunding a try — also holding up appointments — but don’t sell the lawsuit short. I’ll even go so far as to lay down an Yglesias style marker:...
  • ObamaCare architect - lack of transparency helped law pass; 'stupidity of the American voter'

    11/11/2014 8:18:05 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller, Fox News.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said that lack of transparency was a major part of getting ObamaCare passed, and that it was written in such a way as to take advantage of "the stupidity of the American voter." Gruber, the MIT professor who served as a technical consultant to the Obama administration during ObamaCare’s design, also made clear during a panel quietly captured on video that the individual mandate, which was only upheld by the Supreme Court because it was a tax, was not actually a tax.“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score...
  • Rick Perry Makes First Court Appearance In Abuse Of Power Case

    11/06/2014 9:23:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/6/2014 | JON HERSKOVITZ, REUTERS
    Texas Governor Rick Perry made his first court appearance on Thursday to face felony charges for abuse of power, a case that has cast a shadow over his possible run as Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election. The pretrial hearing is expected to address procedural matters concerning his indictment. Perry's office has said he will speak after the hearing at a criminal court in Austin. In recent trips to key states in presidential primaries, Perry has tried to use the criminal proceedings to rally support within the Republican Party by portraying himself as the victim of a partisan prosecution....
  • White House fence jumper screams; forcibly removed from court

    10/27/2014 12:51:51 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 11 replies
    My Fox Tampa Bay / AP ^ | 10-27-2014 | PETE YOST
    A man appearing in court on charges that he scaled a White House fence was found incompetent to stand trial Monday and screamed for help as marshals forcibly removed him from the courtroom. Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland, began screaming after he was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment for the next 45 days. Adesanya has been charged with two federal offenses: unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House and harming two law enforcement dogs that were released to apprehend him. Don't "do this to me," Adesanya yelled at the end of a five-minute court...
  • ID:Court Knocks Down Corps of Engineers Ban on Guns

    10/19/2014 4:55:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Coburn of Oklahoma has been attempting to remove the ban on carrying guns on lands managed by the Army Corps of Engineer for several years.   Perhaps the Obama administration should have agreed to the legislative compromise before the ban was challenged in court.   Now the Corps  is faced with a court decision citing Peruta in the Ninth Circuit, that declares that carry outside of the home is a constitutional right.  On 10 January, 2014, Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, issued a preliminary injunction against the Army...
  • Congressional Lawyers Push for Fines, Jail for Scofflaw Eric Holder

    10/07/2014 3:58:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 October, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Washington Times reported yesterday that government lawyers asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to apply judicial remedies to Attorney General Eric Holder.   He has stonewalled for years on turning over documents from the Fast and Furious case.  From washingtontimes.com: Mr. Holder was supposed to turn over the documents by Oct. 1. The attorney general has not — but instead, announced his resignation from office. Lawyers for the lawmakers say the time has come when the judge should consider imposing fines on Mr. Holder, or even throwing him in jail.  Many are speculating that now that ...
  • Egyptian court jails 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters

    09/30/2014 4:25:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/30/2014
    An Egyptian court sentenced 68 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a case related to deadly violence a year ago after the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi. All were found guilty of killing 30 people and intending to kill others in Cairo on October 6, 2013, when more than 50 people died in clashes across the country between Mursi opponents and supporters. Judge Mohamed Ali Al-Faqi gave 63 of the defendants 15 years in jail and five others 10 years.
  • Federal judge rules Obamacare subsidies illegal. Will Supreme Court weigh in?

    09/30/2014 4:30:36 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 31 replies
    yahoo ^ | september 30, 2014 | warren richey
    A federal judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday struck down a key provision supporting the Affordable Care Act, in yet another judicial move that threatens to derail President Obama’s vision of national health care reform. US District Judge Ronald White said in a 20-page opinion that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to enact a regulation that allows the federal government to provide tax credits to qualified health care policyholders through health care exchanges in every instance. At issue in the lawsuit was whether the IRS regulation conflicted with the clear language of ACA, also known as Obamacare, which appears...
  • Supreme Court rules 5-4 for Republican plan to limit early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/29/14 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court’s conservatives cleared the way Monday for Ohio to restrict early voting in the state, on the eve of the day it was to start. The court granted the state’s request to stay decisions of lower courts that threw out the state’s new plan, passed by the Republican-led legislature. But the court’s four liberal justices said they would have stayed out of the case and left those decisions in place. Ohio argued that the new plan--reducing from 35 to 28 the number of days voters could cast an early ballot--could not be seen as violating the rights of
  • High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

    09/29/2014 1:32:47 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    wncn ^ | 9-29-2014
    A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday. The justices' order by a 5-4 vote Monday granted a request from state officials, who have been trying to trim the number of days for early voting and restrict weekend and evening hours. The moves prompted a lawsuit from black churches and civil rights groups that the new rules would make it difficult for residents to vote and disproportionately affect low-income and black voters Early voting in the swing state now will start on Oct. 7, under a state...
  • Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis

    09/16/2014 11:42:35 AM PDT · by centurion316 · 9 replies
    Election Law Blog ^ | September 16, 2014 | Rick Hasen
    Oral argument in the Kansas Supreme Court has now completed in the case of Kobach v. Taylor, on the question whether Taylor’s name can be removed from the Kansas U.S. Senate ballot. The issue is especially important with incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts now trailing independent Greg Orman in recent polling and with the fate of the Senate potentially hanging in the balance. While it is always hazardous to predict outcomes from oral argument (because Justices sometimes ask rhetorical questions or minds change after argument), I think it is likely the Justices will quickly issue an order removing Taylor’s name...
  • Mary Landrieu Subpoenaed to Defend Residency Claims in Court

    09/03/2014 6:29:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9/3/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The civil processing department of Louisiana´s 19th Judicial District issued two subpoenas Wednesday to Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) compelling her appearance in court on Friday, September 5 in the case of Paul Hollis versus Mary L. Landrieu and Tom Schedler, Louisiana Secretary of State, according to several sources in the 19th Judicial District. Sharon Zito, Deputy Clerk in Section 25 of the 19th Judicial District, confirmed to Breitbart News Wednesday afternoon that Ann Brandon in the civil processing department issued two subpoenas addressed to Senator Mary L. Landrieu on Wednesday morning. One subpoena was sent via mail to her listed
  • LA:Baton Rouge Ban on Guns in Places that Serve Alcohol Unconstitutional

    08/27/2014 3:17:31 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 August, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana has struck down the City of Baton Rouge's ban (pdf) on the possession of firearms or other weapons in places that sell alcohol, and their parking lots.   The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983.   The court granted default judgment to the plaintiff.   A  permanent injunction was ordered against enforcement of the ordinance, which was passed in 2012.   A hearing to determine the amount of damages will be held on October 23, 2014. The facts are clear and undisputed.  On October 13, 2012, at about 1:35 a.m., Earnest Taylor was...
  • California battle over concealed-weapon rights could be headed for Supreme Court

    08/03/2014 3:26:25 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 3, 2014 | Lee Ross
    The Supreme Court has turned aside all Second Amendment challenges since a pair of landmark rulings in 2008 and 2009 confirmed the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. But some believe a California case could make the high court return to the controversial area and determine whether gun ownership rights extend beyond the corners of one's home. [Snip] In February, a divided three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in Laxson's favor concluding that as responsible citizens she and the other plaintiffs have the right to carry a concealed weapon for self-protection. The San...
  • Obamacare Architect´s ´Mistake´ About Subsidies Used by HHS as Defense in Court

    08/01/2014 2:15:19 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/1/14 | Scot Vorse
    Last Saturday, Breitbart News uncovered three reports and analysis written by Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and chief architect of Obamacare, stating that subsidies or tax credits will be provided to individuals “to purchase health insurance from private companies through state-organized exchanges.” These reports were discovered after a video clip surfaced of Gruber making similar comments on the clip. Gruber said his remarks were a "mistake" made while "speaking off-the-cuff." One of the three reports, titled “The Facts Straight on Health Care Reform,” was written by Gruber for The New England Journal of Medicine in December 2009. Breitbart has since
  • Study: Hundreds of rules passed by Obama administration are technically illegal

    07/31/2014 9:56:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7-29-14 | Juliet Eilperin
    Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules — on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard U.S. aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for U.S. citizens overseas, and so on. There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it. The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations — and how easily it can...
  • ObamaCare's Murky Future

    07/23/2014 6:30:14 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/23/14 | Arnold Ahlert
    A pair of federal Appeals Court rulings have sown further confusion regarding ObamaCare, even as they illuminate stark differences in ideologically-inspired interpretations of the law. First, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that Americans are not entitled to subsidies for their healthcare premiums if they live in a state where the federal government set up a healthcare exchange.
  • Federal Judge Forbids Use of ‘Redskins’ in Court Documents

    07/15/2014 4:57:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14 | Theresa Vargas
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office isn’t the only federal authority that has taken a stance against the name of the Washington Redskins. A federal judge in Maryland issued a ruling last week that purposely did not contain the team’s name, which has been described as an offensive slur against Native Americans. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte, who is presiding over a lawsuit that former New York Giants linebacker Barrett Green brought against the Redskins, issued a 21-page ruling with this footnote on the first page: “Pro Football’s team is popularly known as the Washington ‘Redskins,’ but the Court...
  • Michigan Families Set Stage For Helping End Forced Unionization Schemes

    07/09/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Harris v. Quinn case means that parents of disabled children, relatives and friends taking care of loved ones and child care providers can no longer be forced to financially support unions simply because they receive taxpayer-provided assistance. "I felt like doing back flips," said Sherry Loar, when asked her reaction to the high court's decision. Loar is the Petoskey child care provider, who in 2009 brought the first forced unionization of workers to the attention of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. "Trying to bring to light the fact that this is about...
  • Supreme Court Rules Unionization Schemes Involving Home-Based Care Providers Are Illegal

    07/08/2014 9:34:23 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 17 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/2/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The United States Supreme Court said today that workers who indirectly receive state funds for taking care of the disabled or elderly cannot be forced to pay union dues. The Justices ruled 5-4 in favor of an Illinois mom and a group of Illinois personal care assistants who said their First Amendment rights of free speech and free association had been violated by a forced unionization. The case, Harris v. Quinn, was similar to a scheme in Michigan in which the Service Employees International Union took more than $34 million from the elderly and disabled who received Medicaid money from...
  • Louisiana Supreme Court orders priest to testify about confession

    07/08/2014 9:03:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Many observers misunderstood the Hobby Lobby dispute and others like it as a First Amendment case, but it wasn’t. It primarily related to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), with an indirect reference to the constitutional freedom of religious expression. A case in Louisiana may be the real McCoy, though. The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that a priest must testify in a case about what he heard in a confessional — an order that would result in automatic excommunication and damnation, according to the doctrine and canon law of the Catholic Church: The state high court’s decision, rendered...
  • Judge Tells Supreme Court To 'STFU'

    07/07/2014 9:34:53 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 33 replies
    YAHOO-EY NEWS ^ | 7-7-2-14 | Colin Campbell
    Richard Kopf, a senior United States district judge in Nebraska, thinks the Supreme Court needs to learn when to "stfu." Kopf made the recommendation in a post on his personal blog July 5, where he argued the recent Hobby Lobby ruling demonstrated the high court's need to stay away from "hot button cases."
  • NC: Legal Immigrant Right to Carry

    07/05/2014 12:31:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is supporting the case of a legal Australian immigrant in North Carolina.   This test case will likely result in the removal of the restriction on the issuance of a concealed carry permit to people who are not U. S. citizens in North Carolina law.   SAF won a similar case in New Mexico at the end of March of this year.  In the New Mexico case, Alan M. Gottlieb stated one of the purposes of this action.    From the Washington Times: Alan M. Gottlieb, executive vice president of the foundation, said the discrimination ruling makes...
  • Supreme Court ruling signals trouble for state, Chicago (free stuff in the Constitution)

    07/04/2014 4:31:20 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/14 | Monique Garcia, Hal Dardick
    The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that subsidized health care premiums for retired state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution, signaling potential trouble for an overhaul of pension benefits that’s also being challenged in court. Today’s ruling also could affect the city of Chicago’s ongoing phase-out of retiree health insurance subsidies, a program Mayor Rahm Emanuel was counting on to save millions of dollars a year, as well as legislation recently approved to modify the pension plans of city workers and laborers. The 6-1 decision centers around a 2012 law that allowed the state to charge retired workers for...
  • Obama's Disappointing Year at the Supreme Court

    07/01/2014 12:56:50 PM PDT · by shepardspie33 · 4 replies
    Reason ^ | July 1, 2014 | Damon Root
    The U.S. Supreme Court went out with a bang on Monday, ending its 2013-2014 term with Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., in which the Court held that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act violated federal law by placing a substantial burden on the exercise of religion when it required two "closely held" private corporations to cover certain forms of birth control in their employee health plans. It was a painful legal defeat for the Obama administration—and it was not the only such defeat in recent days. In fact, in the past month...
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal by Google over Street View data collection

    07/01/2014 6:10:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 06/30/14 | Andrea Chang
    e U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal by Google over whether it violated federal wiretapping law when its Street View mapping cars collected consumers' personal data. That leaves intact a federal appeals court ruling that the U.S. Wiretap Act protects the privacy of information on unencrypted in-home Wi-Fi networks and means Google can face lawsuits over the matter, according to a Bloomberg report. The issue stems from Google's Street View, a comprehensive mapping program that provides images of areas around the world. Google has admitted that its camera-equipped Street View cars inadvertently captured emails, passwords and...
  • Dems put court in their '14 cross hairs after contraception ruling

    07/01/2014 2:59:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/30/14 | Cameron Joseph
    Democrats are putting the Supreme Court in their cross hairs, using its decision against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate to rally their base ahead of the midterm elections. Within hours of the high court’s decision that closely held companies cannot be compelled to offer contraception coverage as part of their employee health plans, Democrats were trying to raise cash and rally voters to their side. Strategists said the issue of women’s reproductive health could play well in elections across the country, helping the party in contests that could largely be won and lost on turnout. “It could play in almost all of...
  • Obama To Overrule Supreme Court? President Considers "Mitigating" Obamacare Ruling

    06/30/2014 12:12:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 77 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/30/14 | Tyler Durden
    Having had his omnipotence chipped away at last week, President Obama has - seemingly - been pushed too far by the Supreme Court's decision on contraception and Obamacare this morning: The White House stated... SUPREME COURT DECISION ON CONTRACEPTION COVERAGE JEOPARDIZES HEALTH OF WOMEN EMPLOYED BY THESE COMPANIESWILL WORK WITH CONGRESS TO MAKE SURE WOMEN AFFECTED BY RULING WILL HAVE SAME ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIONWILL CONSIDER WHETHER PRESIDENT CAN ACT ON HIS OWN TO MITIGATE EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT RULING Totalitarian? You decide... One wonders if the phrase "do you know who I am?" was uttered this morning? As The Hill adds,...
  • Judicial Watch: IRS Has Misled Courts "They Are in Real Trouble"

    06/28/2014 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/ ^ | June 28, 2014 | You Tube
    Judicial Watch has forced the IRS to court on July 10, 2014 to explain the missing Lois Lerner emails.
  • Unionization Ruling Before The Supreme Court Could Be 'Huge'

    06/27/2014 7:18:02 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 24 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/26/2014 | Jack Spencer
    As the current term of the United States Supreme Court nears its end, a ruling remains to be announced that could fundamentally change the way government unions are organized. Harris v. Quinn, which involves personal care providers in Illinois who contested a forced unionization they were subjected to, is largely equivalent to the home health care "dues skim" that took place in Michigan. In both unionization schemes, workers who take care of the elderly and disabled were forced into a union. In Michigan, an affiliate of the Service Employees International union took more than $34 million from the Medicaid checks...
  • Wisconsin Carry Wins Appeal: Court Orders Return of Gun

    06/26/2014 10:57:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 26 June, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    On March 13, 2012, Aaron C. Ols went to the park across the street from his house to confront a man, his fiancee, their two children and dog who were in the park after hours.   The park was closed at 8 pm.  Animals were not allowed in the park.    Sunset was at 6:56 PM, so this was after dark. An argument ensued.  Ols retreated to his property, and was followed by the other man.    Ols repeatedly told the man to leave.  The man threatened to kill Ols, who then drew his firearm, pointed it at the ground, and called...
  • Court Orders State to Compensate Arab Land Claims

    06/24/2014 3:08:16 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/6/14 | Ari Yashar
    A court on Tuesday ordered the state to pay compensation to local Arabs over their claims of having owned land in the Jewish community of Amona, located to the north of Jerusalem. The six Arab claimants were given a total of 300,000 shekels ($85,700), and further the court ordered that if the Jewish residents of the town on the land claimed by the Arab side are not removed by 2015, the state must pay another 48,000 shekels ($13,500), reports AFP. The extreme left legal group Yesh Din praised the ruling, saying "now what is required is evacuation and we're going...
  • Court Upholds Law Banning Automatic Wage Increases For Public Employees

    06/24/2014 7:28:45 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a law banning automatic wage increases after the expiration of union contracts. A 2011 law banned the practice of salary increases after collective bargaining agreements expired. Before the law, in practice, what was happening was a union contract would lock in raises. After a contract expired, the law required districts make pay increases as if the contract was still in effect, which meant step increases and wages were guaranteed until a new contract was agreed to by both parties. The new law froze salaries until a new contract was reached. Former State Rep....
  • Unionization Case Before The Supreme Court Could Have Lasting National Impact

    06/18/2014 8:30:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/17/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The U.S. Supreme Court will hand down a decision by the end of this month that could have significant and lasting effects on organized labor in this country. In January, when the high court heard oral arguments in the Harris v Quinn case, the justices clearly were considering a ruling that would, in effect, give public employees the freedom to choose whether to pay dues or fees to a union without being worried about being fired. The case before the court involves Pamela Harris and seven other Illinois personal care providers (home-based caregivers), who challenged a forced unionization that was...
  • Hubby Gets Ban on 'Indecent' Sister-in-Law Visiting Ex-Wife

    06/11/2014 1:33:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    Abu Dhabi Court has issued a verdict in favour of a person who had asked the court to prevent his ex-wife’s sister from visiting his children after the former was sentenced and in an ‘indecent’ case, reported Emarat Al Youm. The man requested that the woman be banned from visiting his children, who lives with his ex-wife. The court said that the father is the legal guardian of his children and he has the right to care for them. Earlier, he had filed a case in Court of Khorfakkan requesting that the family of his ex-wife be prevented from visiting...
  • Judge denies motion to join defense of gay marriage ban

    06/05/2014 5:08:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6/4/14 | Jeff Kunerth
    A Miami judge has denied a motion from the Maitland-based Liberty Counsel to join the defense of Florida's Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel ruled that three organizations represented by the Liberty Counsel had no legal standing to join Miami-Dade Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin in a lawsuit filed by six South Florida gay couples.
  • Brevard judge tells attorney, 'I'll beat your a**,' allegedly throws punches

    06/03/2014 7:10:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    wftv ^ | wftv
    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Court deputies had to break up a physical fight between a Brevard County judge and a public defender after an argument during a hearing on Monday. Judge John Murphy is accused of punching veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two had words during court in which Murphy allegedly pressured Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial. "You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now," Murphy tells Weinstock. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down." "You know I'm the public defender. I have...