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  • Federal appeals court sides with transgender teen, says bathroom case can go forward

    04/19/2016 5:57:30 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/19/16 | Moriah Balingit
    A federal appeals court in Richmond has ruled that a transgender high school student who was born as a female can sue his school board on discrimination grounds because it banned him from the boysí bathroom. In backing high school junior Gavin Grimm, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit deferred to the U.S. Education Departmentís position that transgender students should have access to the bathrooms that match their gender identities rather than being forced to use bathrooms that match their biological sex. The department has said that requiring transgender students to use a bathroom that corresponds with...
  • Court to school: Let transgender teen use boys bathroom [VA]

    06/23/2016 5:56:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 7:15 PM EDT | Alanna Durkin Richer
    A Virginia school board must allow a transgender teen to use the boys restroom while the court considers the legal issues of his case, a federal district judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District Court Judge Robert G. Doumarís order directs the Gloucester County School board to let Gavin Grimm use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity when he returns for his senior year of high school this fall. [Ö] The order comes after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in April that the school boardís policy barring Grimm from using the boys restroom violated Title IX, the...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action Program at University of Texas

    06/23/2016 10:21:04 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/23/2016
    The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge to a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Texas, Austin, handing supporters of affirmative action a major victory. The vote was 4-3. Only seven justices participated in the decision. Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself for prior work on the case as United States solicitor general and the late Justice Antonin Scaliaís seat remains vacant. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., dissented....
  • Supreme Court Decision: Blocks Obama's Immigration Plan

    06/23/2016 7:41:15 AM PDT · by georgiegirl · 135 replies
    Fox Business | 6/23/16 | Fox Business
    Breaking news by Stu Varney. Supreme Court was tied 4 to 4, so the lower court decision stands against Obama's Immigration plan.
  • Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Cleared of All Charges

    06/23/2016 9:29:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies
    Baltimore Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Cleared of All Charges ^ | June 23, 2016 | JESS BIDGOOD and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    BALTIMORE ó The Baltimore police officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal spinal injury was acquitted on Thursday of second-degree murder and six lesser charges, leaving prosecutors still without a conviction after three high-profile trials in a case that has shaken this city. In his ruling, Judge Barry G. Williams rejected the prosecutionís claim that the officer, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., had given Mr. Gray a ďrough rideĒ in the van, intentionally putting him at risk for an injury by taking a wide turn while Mr. Gray was not secured with a seatbelt. ďThe court...
  • Supreme Court leaves state assault weapons bans in place

    06/20/2016 9:10:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 34 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 6/2/16 | AP
    WASHINGTON Ė The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead. ADVERTISEMENT The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld laws that were passed in response to another mass shooting involving a semi-automatic weapon, the elementary school attack in Newtown, Connecticut. The Supreme Court has repeatedly turned away challenges to gun restrictions since two landmark decisions that spelled out the right to a handgun to defend one's own home.
  • Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case

    06/20/2016 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 16 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 20, 2016
    Supreme Court Rules for Police in Search Case he Supreme Court ruled Monday that evidence of a crime may be used against a defendant even if the police did something wrong or illegal in obtaining it. The justices voted 5-3 to reinstate the drug-related convictions of a Utah man. The ruling comes in a case in which a police detective illegally stopped defendant Joseph Edward Strieff on the streets of South Salt Lake City, Utah. A name check revealed an outstanding warrant for Strieff. Strieff was placed under arrest and searched. He was carrying methamphetamine. Justice Clarence Thomas said for...
  • Oregon court allows resident to change sex from female to nonbinary

    06/11/2016 5:06:21 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | Faith Karimi
    Oregon resident Jamie Shupe, who identifies as neither male nor female, can legally be considered nonbinary, a judge ruled. In what legal experts believe is the state's first such ruling, Judge Amy Holmes Hehn ruled Friday that Shupe's sex has been changed from female to nonbinary. "It feels amazing to be free from a binary sex classification system that inadequately addressed who I really am, a system in which I felt confined," the Portland resident said. The Army veteran was assigned the gender of male at birth, but Shupe started transitioning to a female in 2013, more than a decade...
  • DOJ:

    06/07/2016 11:10:23 AM PDT · by AC Beach Patrol · 11 replies
    NPR ^ | 11/03/2015 | Richard Gonzales
    The Justice Department has settled with an Iranian-American immigration judge who alleged that her superiors had ordered her not to hear cases involving Iranian nationals.
  • Soros, Top Clinton Lawyer Lose Lawsuit Against Virginiaís Voter ID Law

    05/21/2016 6:41:55 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 25 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | May 20, 2016 | Joe Schoffstall
    Millions have gone into the effort to attack voter identification laws in numerous states Hillary Clintonís top campaign lawyer lost a challenge against Virginiaís voter identification laws that was fueled by money from liberal billionaire George Soros. The lawsuit, filed early last year on behalf of the Democratic Party of Virginia, sought to end Virginiaís voter identification law, known as SB 1256. The lawsuit was dismissed by a federal court Thursday after a lengthy trial that saw numerous witnesses testify, dealing a blow to an organized effort by the left to take on voter ID laws in numerous states leading...
  • U.S. judge upholds Virginia's voter ID law

    05/19/2016 3:54:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 5/19/16 | Gary Robertson
    RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Thursday upheld a 2013 Virginia law requiring prospective voters to show an approved photo identification before they cast their ballots. The state's Democratic Party had challenged the law, signed by former Republican Governor Robert McDonnell, saying it was politically motivated and intended to deter young and minority voters from turning out on Election Day. "The court's mission is to judge not the wisdom of the Virginia voter ID law, but rather its constitutionality," wrote U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson in his decision. While he noted that the measure created an "inconvenience"...
  • BREAKING: Federal Judge Strikes Down DC Concealed Carry Law, 'Good Reason' Provision Likely Uncon...

    05/17/2016 10:11:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    Matt Vespa ^ | May 17, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    The fight over Second Amendment rights in the nationís capital has entered a new phase. A federal judge has ruled that the cityís concealed carry law is likely unconstitutional, citing the ďgood reason provisionĒ in the injunction order on Tuesday (via WaPo ): For the second time in as many years, a federal judge in Washington ordered the city to halt enforcement of its new, concealed-carry law, requiring applicants to state ďgood reasonĒ to carry a weapon in order to obtain a permit from police. The preliminary injunction was contained in a 46-page ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge...
  • Mississippi School District Ordered to Desegregate Its Schools

    05/17/2016 9:17:37 AM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5/17/16 | CHRISTINE HAUSER
    federal court has ordered a town in Mississippi to desegregate its high schools and middle schools, ending a five-decade-long legal battle over integrating black and white students. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi ordered the Cleveland School District to consolidate the schools after rejecting two alternatives proposed by the school district, saying they were unconstitutional.
  • Second Amendment Victory: Court Protects Right to Sell Guns

    05/17/2016 8:54:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 17, 2016 | Liz Shield
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that yes, there is a right to sell guns under the Second Amendment.The case involved the three owners of a proposed gun store in Alameda, CA, who were denied a zoning permit for their establishment. (The anti-gun fools are trying to use the building permit process in Arlington, VA, as well.)ďIf Ďthe right of the people to keep and bear armsí is to have any force, the people must have a right to acquire the very firearms they are entitled to keep and to bear,Ē wrote Judge Diarmuid F. OíScannlain for the...
  • Ninth Circuit Court rules that Second Amendment is ďnot a second class rightĒ

    05/17/2016 7:48:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 37 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 5/17/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    The plaintiffs in the case included three individuals who wanted to open a new gun store in Alameda County. They were joined by pro-Second Amendment groups: The Calguns Foundation, California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, and the Second Amendment Foundation. ďToday, the Court appropriately reminded the County that civil rights canít be outlawed through piles of regulation. We look forward to securing Second Amendment rights through this case and many others to come,Ē concluded Brandon Combs, executive director of The Calguns Foundation. ďWeíre very happy to see the Court take a very principled and reasoned approach to protecting the fundamental,...
  • NY judge decides Trump University case going to trial

    04/26/2016 6:44:05 PM PDT · by rmlew · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 26, 2016 | Fox News
    A New York judge decided Tuesday that a fraud case against Donald Trump over his former school for real estate investors will go to trial Ė raising the possibility that the Republican presidential primary front-runner could testify during campaign season.
  • State Supreme Court Lets Ruling Stand On Bakery That Turned Away Gay Couple

    04/25/2016 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 41 replies
    CBS 4 DENVER ^ | 25 APRIL 2016 | CBS 4 DENVER
    DENVER (CBS4)Ė The Colorado Supreme Court decided to let an appellate court ruling that a bakery violated the stateís anti-discrimination law when it turned away a gay couple stand by refusing to hear the case. On Monday, the state Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand. Attorneys for Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, filed the appeal last fall. They argued the government shouldnít force Phillips to violate his Christian beliefs.
  • Tom Brady's four-game suspension reinstated by appeals court

    04/25/2016 9:00:29 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 51 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 4/25 | Eric Edholm
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension is ó for now ó back on, per Reuters. The Second Circuit court has ruled in favor of the NFL, ordering the district court and The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit overturned last yearís ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman to to enforce that Brady miss the first quarter of the 2016 season. NFL commissioner still holds the right to rescind the four-game punishment and declined to say last week if he'd enforce Bradyís suspension this season if the appeal was won, as it was. A fine...
  • California AG's Bid to Get Koch Donor List Shot Down

    04/21/2016 6:51:53 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 5 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | April 21, 2016 | MATT REYNOLDS
    LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge has ruled a requirement that a Koch brothers' charitable foundation release tax information to the California attorney general that includes donor information is unconstitutional.†††††In a 12-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Manuel Real said that while the disclosure requirement was not "facially invalid," it is "unconstitutional as applied to Americans for Prosperity Foundation, especially in light of the requirement's burdens on the foundation's First Amendment rights."†††††The foundation, a conservative advocate of free-market economic policies, sued California Attorney General Kamala Harris in 2014 arguing that it should be allowed to keep donor names secret.†††††Backed by...
  • Court overturns VA school's transgender bathroom rule

    04/20/2016 7:35:57 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | wowk
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ó A Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys' restroom, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case that could have implications for a North Carolina law that critics say discriminates against LGBT people. The case of Gavin Grimm has been especially closely watched since North Carolina enacted a law last month that bans transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond to their gender identity. That law also bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, a response to an ordinance recently passed in Charlotte. In the Virginia case,...
  • Fox News is reporting SCOTUS split on immigration, Roberts says he may approve!!

    04/19/2016 6:16:01 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 139 replies
    FOX NEWS CABLE ^ | Fox News NO LINK
    Just reported that Roberts supports Obama's immigration plan. Thanks to Bush and Cruz
  • Judge rules Newtown families' lawsuit against gun maker can go forward

    04/15/2016 5:52:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 33 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 4/15/16 | AP???
    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. Ė A lawsuit can go forward against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, a judge ruled Thursday. Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis said that a 2005 federal law protecting gun-makers from lawsuits does not prevent lawyers for the victims' families from arguing that the semi-automatic rifle is a military weapon and should not have been sold to civilians.
  • Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

    04/07/2016 1:57:32 PM PDT · by kingu · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 7th, 2016 | Abby Sewell
    In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal. A divided Board of Supervisors voted in 2014 to reinstate the cross on top of a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission, which appears on the seal among other symbols of county history. They were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars, who said placement of the cross on the seal unconstitutionally favored Christianity over other religions.
  • SCOTUS Denies Request from D.C. Madam's Attorney to Release Info

    04/06/2016 12:12:31 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 62 replies
    NBC News ^ | Apr 5 2016
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a request from a lawyer who once represented a woman known as the "DC Madam" to release records from her famous escort service. Those records include such sensitive information as customer names, Social Security numbers and addressesó information the lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, has said could affect the 2016 presidential election. The so-called DC Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey ran a high-priced escort service in the Washington D.C.-area for a number of years before her eventual conviction. She died in 2008. Sibley wanted the Supreme Court to lift a lower court order, in place...
  • Supreme Court rules in redistricting case: Illegal immigrants, other non-citizens can be counted

    04/04/2016 8:45:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted. The ruling does not grant non-citizens power to vote, but says the principle of ďone person, one voteĒ doesnít require localities to only count those who are actually eligible to vote. Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg, writing for the court, said even though only eligible voters are supposed to cast ballots, elected officials represent all people within their districts, and it is that act...
  • Judge blocks Mississippi ban on adoption by same-sex couples

    03/31/2016 7:37:55 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 43 replies
    AP.org ^ | Mar. 31, 2016 | JEFF AMY
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) ó A federal judge Thursday overturned Mississippi's ban on allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan, in a preliminary injunction issued Thursday, ruled for the couples who had sued, saying the ban is unconstitutional after recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing gay marriage and benefits for gay couples. He ordered John Davis, executive director of the Department of Human Services to stop enforcing it.
  • 8 person SCOTUS hits first 4-4 tie. World fails to end

    03/23/2016 9:00:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/22/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrats hoping to use the death of Antonin Scalia to their political advantage hit upon what they mistakenly thought was another piece of ‚Äúevidence‚ÄĚ in their favor yesterday. To the shock of many with little understanding of the history of the Supreme Court, the justices are back in business and doling out decisions from the current session. On Tuesday, while the world was focused on the awful events in Brussels, SCOTUS delivered the first of what may turn out to be several deadlocked votes, delivering a 4-4 tie in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. This...
  • Obamaís SCOTUS nominee sided against Priests for Life in ObamaCare religious liberty case

    03/18/2016 7:40:03 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 3-18-2016 | Ben Johnson
    Judge Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's choice to be the next justice on the Supreme Court, ruled against Priests for Life in a case involving the HHS mandate. He also gave ObamaCare subsidies a second chance at life in a separate case. The two rulings give a window into the philosophy of Judge Garland, whom the National Organization for Women referred to as a ďcipherĒ with little paper trail on issues related to abortion or other feminist concerns. ObamaCare's HHS mandate opt-out does not violate the Constitution Priests for Life sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Rejected Evangelical Religious Freedom Defense in 2001

    03/18/2016 2:09:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/18/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court once joined an opinion that rejected an evangelical Christian defense based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was recently tapped by President Obama as a nominee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In a case decided in June 2001, Judge Garland joined an opinion authored by fellow appellate judge A. Raymond Randolph that rejected a RFRA argument for a pair of evangelical Christians who wanted to...
  • Federal Appeals Court Upholds North Carolina Choose Life License Plates

    03/12/2016 6:31:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 11, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    After a long battle in the courts, pro-lifers in North Carolina will finally be allowed to display their support for unborn babies on their license plates. On Thursday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ďChoose LifeĒ license plates that state lawmakers approved in 2011 are constitutional, according to WRAL. The battle over the North Carolina pro-life plates went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court last year, LifeNews reported. In June 2015, the high court ordered the 4th Circuit Court, which previously struck down the law, to reconsider the case in light of the Supreme...
  • Chief justice rejects plea to block air pollution rule (Roberts Joins Obama Against Coal Plants)

    03/03/2016 8:05:41 AM PST · by xzins · 159 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/03/16 10:35 AM EST | Timothy Cama -
    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants, in a big victory for the Obama administration. Robertsís order came despite his courtís 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agencyís (EPA) regulation, known as mercury and air toxics standards, is illegal. Michigan led a group of 20 states last month, empowered by the Supreme Courtís recent unprecedented decision to halt the EPAís climate change rule for power plants, in asking the court to live up to its ruling last year and block the regulationís enforcement. ďUnless...
  • Louisiana Judge Strikes Down Law that Requires Priest to Report Abuse Mentioned in Confession

    03/01/2016 6:39:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    A Louisiana judge has ruled unconstitutional a new state law requiring priests to report sexual abuse that is mentioned in a sacramental confession. Judge Mike Caldwell made his ruling in a long-running and complicated case in which Father Jeff Bayhi had been directed to testify about what a young woman reportedly told him in a confession. The young woman has said that she told Father Bayhi about being molested by a member of his parish. Father Bayhi had refused to testify, citing the inviolability of the confessional seal. Judge Caldwell ruled that the state law making priests mandated reporters of...
  • NY Judge To Decide If Ted Cruz Is American

    02/29/2016 3:59:25 PM PST · by drewh · 263 replies
    Metro New York ^ | Today 1:07 pm | JASON NUCKOLLS
    A New York judge will hear arguments on Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges Republican Sen. Ted Cruzís ability to run for president given that he was born in Canada. State Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein will hear the claim of two men who contend that Cruz is not a citizen of the U.S. and is therefore ineligible to run for president, NBC has reported. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. Barry Korman and William Gallo will argue that despite Cruzís mother being an American, the senator is not a citizen because such status cannot be passed from parent to...
  • Federal judge: 'You're not allowed to record cops'

    02/27/2016 1:29:27 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 66 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | Feb 27,2016 | By Eder Campuzano
    A U.S. District judge in Pennsylvania has ruled that the First Amendment does not guarantee the right to record police unless the video is meant to be used as evidence. Judge Mark Kearney made the ruling against Philadelphians Richard Fields and Amanda Geraci, whose cameras were confiscated by police while the two were recording the officers breaking up a house party. The Third Circuit judge ruled that unless police are recorded with the "stated purpose of being critical of the government," any such video isn't protected speech.
  • U.S. court allows Louisiana abortion restrictions to go into effect

    02/24/2016 4:56:58 PM PST · by upchuck · 8 replies
    newsdaily ^ | Wed, Feb 24, 2016 | Jon Herskovitz
    (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday allowed Louisiana to enforce a restrictive 2014 abortion law critics say is aimed at shutting clinics, ending a halt to the measure handed out by a lower court judge earlier this year. The Louisiana-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a request from the state to put into effect the law requiring physicians who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles (48 km) of the place where the abortion is performed. "We reversed the district court and permitted the law to go into effect...
  • Iowa Supreme Court labels all stun guns as ‚Äėdangerous weapons‚Äô (deem permit is needed)

    02/20/2016 11:24:03 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 32 replies
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ‚ÄĒ The Iowa Supreme Court says a stun gun, under Iowa law, is a dangerous weapon. The court made the conclusion as it affirmed the conviction of a woman charged with carrying a dangerous weapon after police found a stun gun in her purse in 2013 during an arrest for theft at a Waterloo Walmart. Taquala Howse, who is 25, appealed saying her small hand-held stun gun isn‚Äôt dangerous. A district judge convicted Howse, finding the state had proven it was dangerous.
  • Scalia's Death Saves Unions From Momentous Ruling Ending Political Power

    02/14/2016 9:57:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/14/16 | John Gizzi
    As the nation and official Washington prepared to mourn the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, watchers of the high court began to assess the immediate impact of his death on several pending cases whose decisions might have had momentous political implications. Among these is Friedrichs v. California Teacher’s Association, set to have been a landmark case regarding the mandatory collection of union dues and their use for political purposes. The ruling could have meant the death knell of collective bargaining and the political might of America’s unions. newzf After oral arguments in the case in January, The Washington Post...
  • This was Justice Scalia's most game-changing decision in his 30 years on the bench

    02/14/2016 12:55:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/14/2016 | Erin Fuchs
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday at the age of 79, wrote many notable opinions and dissents during his 30 years on the bench. But there is one case that stands out: Scalia's 2008 majority decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down a Washington, DC, handgun ban and led to a slew of lawsuits questioning the constitutionality of gun control. "It was the first Supreme Court decision to authoritatively interpret the Second Amendment. It is rare for [a] justice to write on a constitutional issue where there is no prior case law," UCLA law professor...
  • Trump: ‚ÄėI don‚Äôt like‚Äô what Scalia said about affirmative action

    02/14/2016 10:10:13 AM PST · by Maceman · 209 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 13, 2015 | Bradford Richardson
    GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he does not agree with comments from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia questioning the efficacy of affirmative action. "I don't like what he said, no, I don’t like what he said. I heard him, I was like, 'Let me read it again,' because I actually read it in print, and I’m going, I read a lot of stuff, and I’m going, 'Woah,'" Trump said in an interview televised Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." The billionaire said he thought Scalia's comments were "very tough to the African-American community." Trump, who has supported affirmative...
  • Kim Davis obeying orders in gay marriage case, judges rules

    02/09/2016 6:24:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2016 7:03 PM EST
    Kentucky clerk Kim Davis has obeyed orders to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to do so, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. United States District Judge David Bunning denied the American Civil Liberties Union's request to order Davis to reissue licenses she had altered to remove her name and title or face the possibility of further punishment. He found that Davis has allowed her deputies to issue licenses to anyone eligible since September and that the altered licenses are likely valid under Kentucky law. ...
  • Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault

    02/07/2016 8:10:45 AM PST · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Daily News ^ | February 6, 2016 | Laura Bult
    FULL TITLE - Federal court deals blow to gun reformers saying people have 'fundamental right' to own assault weapons in rejection of Maryland law A federal court said that assault weapons are in such "common use" that owning them is a "fundamental right" in a decision that could force the Supreme Court to rule on whether the firearms are legal. On Thursday, a three-judge federal panel dealt a blow to anti-gun violence advocates when they rejected portions of a Maryland gun reform law. The legislation was passed following the Sandy Hook massacre which claimed the lives of 20 children and...
  • People Have A 'Fundamental Right' To Own Assault Weapons, Court Rules

    02/06/2016 8:32:39 AM PST · by Wildbill22 · 176 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 02/04/2016 | Cristian Farias
    In a major victory for gun rights advocates, a federal appeals court on Thursday sided with a broad coalition of gun owners, businesses and organizations that challenged the constitutionality of a Maryland ban on assault weapons and other laws aimed at curbing gun violence. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said the state's prohibition on what the court called "the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles commonly kept by several million American citizens" amounted to a violation of their rights under the Constitution. "In our view, Maryland law implicates the core protection of the...
  • U.S. top court rejects new challenge to Obamacare

    01/19/2016 7:39:18 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 19, 2016 | Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court, which delivered major rulings in 2012 and 2015 preserving President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, on Tuesday declined to take up a new, long-shot challenge to Obamacare brought by an Iowa artist. The court turned away an appeal by Matt Sissel, who had asserted that the 2010 Affordable Care Act violated the U.S. Constitution's requirement that revenue-raising legislation must originate in the House of Representatives, not in the Senate, as the healthcare law did.
  • U.S. Supreme Court

    01/17/2016 3:30:54 PM PST · by Walt Griffith · 96 replies
    JUSTIA US Supreme Court ^ | Decided March 28, 1898 | U.S. Supreme Court
    U.S. Supreme Court United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898) United States v. Wong Kim Ark No. 18 Argued March 5, 8, 1897 Decided March 28, 1898 169 U.S. 649 APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Syllabus A child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or...
  • Judge rules against Catholic school in gay-hiring retraction

    12/19/2015 12:39:04 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    An all-girls Catholic prep school in Massachusetts violated state anti-discrimination law by rescinding a job offer to a man in a same-sex marriage, a judge ruled. Matthew Barrett was offered a job as Fontbonne Academy's food services director in 2013, but the offer was withdrawn days later after he listed his husband as his emergency contact. Barrett sued, alleging that the Milton school discriminated against him based on sexual orientation and gender. Norfolk Superior Court Judge Douglas Wilkins agreed, rejecting Fontbonne's claim that hiring Barrett would infringe on its constitutional rights because it views his marriage to a man as...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule on motion to reconsider John Doe ruling

    12/02/2015 12:29:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsiin Watchdog ^ | 12-1-15 | M. D. Kittle
    Part 295 of 293 in the series Wisconsin's Secret War MADISON, Wisconsin ‚ÄĒ Four and a half months after it declared Wisconsin's political John Doe investigation unconstitutional and ordered it shut down, the state Supreme Court is ready to say whether it will reconsider its ruling. The court announced Tuesday it will release a per curiam, or unanimous, opinion and two orders related to the John Doe matter Wednesday. On July 16, the court ordered an end to the politically motivated investigation into conservative groups in Wisconsin that dragged on for years. Writing for the majority on the court, Justice...
  • House Republicans just won a major, unexpected victory in a battle with Obama

    09/09/2015 4:58:37 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 29 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | Sep 9, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    US District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled Wednesday against the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case. Collyer said House Republicans do have the standing to pursue their challenge, which argues that the Obama administration violated the US Constitution by spending money on the law that had not been appropriated by Congress.
  • Sanity in the Court: Judge Denies Claim That Chimps are Persons

    08/01/2015 3:02:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Though a New York judge ruled Thursday that the law still considers chimpanzees property, not people, a prominent thinker in the pro-life movement warned that attempts to raise animals to human status will continue.† Wesley J. Smith, co-director of the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism, said Friday, "We are gratified that a court refused to declare two chimpanzees 'persons.' That is right and proper. Chimps are animals, and the 'species barrier' separating the value of humans and animals, as some animal rights advocates put it, must never be breached." † "But make no mistake," Smith said. "Attempts to...
  • Wisconsin court ruling may reshape state political landscape

    07/19/2015 8:03:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-17-15 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó A court decision ending an investigation into the activities of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall campaign could transform Wisconsin elections ó likely enabling closer ties between candidates and organizations that support them and possibly leading to more targeted advertising and favorable legislation for the groups, political strategists and observers say. The ruling in the case involving Walker, now a presidential candidate, and outside groups backing him invalidated state election officials' belief that organizations that coordinate with candidates on issue advocacy must reveal their donations and follow fundraising limits as if the groups are an extension of...
  • What citizens can do to resist the ruling classís redefinitions of moral and cultural norms

    07/05/2015 3:52:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/4/15 | ANGELO M. CODEVILLA
    ďTo learn who rules over you, find out whom you are not allowed to criticize.Ē ó Voltaire If youíre wondering what Americans can do as our ruling class sets about enforcing its redefinition of marriage, start by looking back at what it did to the citizens of Indiana when their legislature raised the possibility that someone might object to joining in celebrations of homosexual marriage. Support for homosexual unions was incidental to the insistence of the likeminded folks atop societyís commanding heights on punishing Indiana. What incurs their ire has less to do with any substantive matter than with the...