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  • Judge sides with ACLU in voter registration fight, orders Kobach to go to school

    06/18/2018 8:32:11 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 40 replies
    cjOnlinec.om ^ | 06/18/2018 | Sherman Smith
    U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Monday ruled a Kansas law that requires new voters to prove citizenship is unconstitutional and ordered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to return to school as punishment for repeated violations of court rules. Her 118-page ruling sides with the American Civil Liberties Union in a two-year legal battle over the law’s burden and effect on elections. She provided a damning assessment of Kobach’s witnesses, calling their evidence flawed, invalid, biased, irrelevant, unreliable and untrustworthy.
  • Supreme Court allows Ohio voter purge

    06/11/2018 7:57:15 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 88 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | 11 June 2018 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is allowing Ohio to clean up its voting rolls by targeting people who haven’t cast ballots in a while. The justices rejected, by a 5-4 vote Monday, arguments that the practice violates a federal law intended to increase the ranks of registered voters. A handful of other states also use voters’ inactivity to trigger a process that could lead to their removal from the voting rolls. Justice Samuel Alito said for the court that Ohio is complying with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. He was joined by his four conservative colleagues. The four...
  • The Supreme Court Let Me Live My Faith Again

    06/08/2018 7:49:52 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 7, 2018 | Jack Phillips
    The Supreme Court’s ruling this Monday on my case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, helped determine that people of faith remain free to pursue our chosen vocations. . . . after decades of developing my craft, my home state took it away from me. My case started in 2012 when I was asked to design a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage. I politely declined that request because of my religious beliefs about marriage. But I told the customers that I would sell them anything else in my shop, or create a cake for them for a different...
  • Supreme Court throws out lower-court decision that allowed immigrant teenager to obtain abortion

    06/04/2018 7:45:02 AM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 37 replies
    Compost ^ | 06/04/2018 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a lower court’s decision that allowed an undocumented immigrant teenager to obtain an abortion over the protests of the Trump administration. The action, which came in an unsigned opinion without noted dissents, throws out a precedent that might allow other teenagers in the same circumstance to obtain an abortion.
  • SCOTUS sides with Christian baker in same-sex wedding cake case

    06/04/2018 9:31:01 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 11:32 a.m. on Monday, June 4, 2018 | Alex Swoyer
    The Supreme Court granted a limited victory Monday to a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple, finding the state showed fierce hostility toward his Christian beliefs when it ruled he broke the law with his refusal. The 7-2 decision sends the case back to Colorado with firm instructions to give Jack Phillips, the Christian baker, a fair hearing. But the ruling does not establish a First Amendment right to refuse services to same-sex couples, as Mr. Phillips and his conservative backers had hoped. Instead it suggests a road map for states such as Colorado,...
  • Supreme Court rules narrowly for Colorado baker who wouldn't make same-sex wedding cake

    06/04/2018 7:26:16 AM PDT · by hercuroc · 271 replies
    Cnbc.com
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a narow victory to a Christian baker from Colorado who refused for religious reasons to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.
  • Supreme Court Reverses Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

    06/04/2018 7:17:18 AM PDT · by CFW · 211 replies
    Scotusblog ^ | 6/4/2018 | Scotusblog
    "Whatever the confluence of speech and free exercise principles might be in some cases, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's consideration of this case was inconsistent with the State's obligation of religious neutrality. The reason and motive for the baker's refusal were based on his sincere religious beliefs and convictions." link to decision https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-111_j4el.pdf
  • Supreme Court allows Arkansas to enforce anti-abortion pill law

    05/29/2018 12:19:00 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 4 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 29, 2018
    . The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Arkansas to enforce a law restricting medication abortions, rejecting an appeal from the Planned Parenthood affiliate in the state. Planned Parenthood had asked the high court to review an appeals court ruling on the abortion pill rules and reinstate a lower court order that had blocked them from taking effect. The law in question says doctors who provide abortion pills must hold a contract with another physician who has admitting privileges at a hospital, and would agree to handle and treat complications. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had reversed a court...
  • COLLINS v. VIRGINIA

    05/29/2018 11:15:47 AM PDT · by zeugma · 24 replies
    The Supreme Court ^ | 5/29/18 | Supreme Court
    COLLINS v. VIRGINIA 292 Va. 486, 790 S.E. 2d 611, reversed and remanded. Opinion [Sotomayor] Concurrence [Thomas] Dissent [Alito] Syllabus SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES Collins v. Virginia certiorari to the supreme court of virginia No. 16-1027. Argued January 9, 2018-Decided May 29, 2018 During the investigation of two traffic incidents involving an orange and black motorcycle with an extended frame, Officer David Rhodes learned that the motorcycle likely was stolen and in the possession of petitioner Ryan Collins. Officer Rhodes discovered photographs on Collins' Facebook profile of an orange and black motorcycle parked in the driveway of a...
  • Trump violated the Constitution when he blocked his critics on Twitter, a federal judge rules

    05/23/2018 8:05:33 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 59 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 23, 2018 | Brian Fung
    President Trump's decision to block his Twitter followers for their political views is a violation of the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, saying that Trump's effort to silence his critics is not permissible because the digital space in which he engages with constituents is a public forum. The ruling rejects administration arguments that the First Amendment does not apply to Trump in this case because he was acting as a private individual. In a 75-page decision, Judge Naomi Buchwald said Trump, as a federal official, is not exempt from constitutional obligations to refrain from "viewpoint discrimination." "No government...
  • Christian Colleges Don't Have to Violate Faith, Provide Birth Control Coverage, Oklahoma Court Rules

    05/18/2018 8:09:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    A federal court has ruled that four Christian universities based in Oklahoma will not be penalized for refusing to provide health care coverage for the birth control services they consider contrary to their religious beliefs. In 2013, Mid-America Christian University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Southern Nazarene University filed suit against the Obama administration over their mandate that forced most employers, regardless of religious convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs and contraception. A decision released Tuesday by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma granted relief for the four universities, in large part...
  • Supreme Court rules for defendant in capital murder plea case

    05/14/2018 1:27:47 PM PDT · by Mariner · 78 replies
    National Constitution Center via Yahoo ^ | May 14th, 2018 | Scott Bomboy
    On Monday, a divided Supreme Court said a court in a Louisiana murder case couldn’t accept a lawyer’s admission of his own client’s guilt over his client’s objections. In McCoy v. Louisiana, the Court considered a basic question about the proper role of attorneys in murder cases. Robert McCoy originally filed his own appeal directly to the Supreme Court about two questions related to his conviction on three murder charges. McCoy was sentenced to death in the case. McCoy was accused of killing three people in 2008 in a dispute with his then-wife and he was arrested after fleeing to...
  • Opinion analysis: Justices strike down federal sports gambling law

    05/14/2018 10:55:37 AM PDT · by Repeal 16-17 · 20 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | May 14, 2018 | Amy Howe
    The 10th Amendment provides that, if the Constitution does not either give a power to the federal government or take that power away from the states, that power is reserved for the states or the people themselves. The Supreme Court has long interpreted this provision to bar the federal government from “commandeering” the states to enforce federal laws or policies. Today the justices ruled that a federal law that bars states from legalizing sports betting violates the anti-commandeering doctrine. Their decision not only opens the door for states around the country to allow sports betting, but it also could give...
  • Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide

    05/14/2018 7:47:50 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 48 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | May 14, 2018 | JESSICA GRESKO
    The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states, giving states the go-ahead to legalize betting on sports. The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The 1992 law barred state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.
  • Supreme Court strikes down law banning sports betting

    05/14/2018 7:24:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/14/2018 | Lydia Wheeler
    The Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that banned sports betting in almost every state across the country, handing former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) a major win to bolster his legacy. New Jersey has been fighting since 2010 to make sports wagering legal at racetracks and casinos in the state, but had repeatedly been blocked by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. The Court ruled 7-2 that PASPA’s provisions prohibiting states from authorizing and licensing a sports gabling scheme violates the anti-commandeering rule. In delivering the opinion of the court, Justice Samuel Alito...
  • Cosby convicted of sexually assaulting woman

    04/26/2018 10:41:21 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 135 replies
    AP NEWS ^ | 26 APR 18 | staff
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local): 1:25 p.m. The jury is heading back to the courtroom and Bill Cosby’s defense team is saying there’s a verdict in his sexual assault retrial. The panel of seven men and five women have been deliberating about 14 hours. The 80-year-old comedian is accused of drugging and violating a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He’s charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. A conviction could put him in prison for up to 10 years on each count.
  • Judge rules taverns can ban Trump supporters (No law says you can't discriminate based on politics)

    04/26/2018 8:11:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/26/2018 | Rick Moran
    A Manhattan judge has ruled that a bar that ordered patron who was wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat to leave had a right to do so under the New York constitution. The judge rejected Greg Piatek's argument that he wore his MAGA hat to pay "spiritual tribute" to 9/11 victims and was thus discriminated against for his religious beliefs. Instead, the judge cited the state constitution which does not bar discrimination based on politics. Washington Times: “The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial,” Piatek attorney Paul Liggierisaid in court Wednesday, according...
  • In Intense Arguments, Supreme Court Appears Ready To Side With Trump On Travel Ban

    04/25/2018 10:15:22 AM PDT · by John W · 89 replies
    npr.com ^ | April 25, 2018 | Nina Totenberg
    During arguments at the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the justices seemed, by a narrow margin, to be leaning toward upholding the the third iteration of the Trump travel ban. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is often the deciding vote in close cases, for example, made repeated comments suggesting that the court does not usually second-guess a president's national security decisions — even in the context of an immigration law that is seen as banning discrimination based on nationality. If the court does decide in favor of the government — a decision is expected in June — it would be a big...
  • Federal judge orders complete restart of DACA

    04/24/2018 6:33:42 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 187 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/24/18 | S Dinan
    Deepest blow yet to Trump’s phaseout ....Judge John D. Bates’s ruling would require a full restart, meaning even illegal immigrant “Dreamers” who’d never been approved before would now be able to apply for DACA.... judge imposed a 90-day delay on his own ruling to give the government a chance to reargue its case, but for now the ruling stands as the most severe blow yet to Mr. Trump’s phaseout. Judge Bates said the government’s reasoning for revoking DACA wasn’t convincing enough, and so it amounted to an “arbitrary and capricious” decision, which makes it illegal under the Administrative Procedures Act....
  • Trump blasts immigration ruling made by SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch

    04/19/2018 1:12:27 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 45 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, April 17, 2018 | Chris Sommerfeldt
    Trump blasts immigration ruling made by SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch BY Chris Sommerfeld NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:11 PM President Trump took a veiled shot at his own Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, on Tuesday, claiming that a ruling he made on immigration law perpetuates "a public safety crisis." The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling — an unusual alignment in which Gorsuch sided with the four liberal justices for the first time — concerns a catchall provision of immigration law that defines what makes a crime violent. Gorsuch and the four liberal justices found that...