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  • Virginia’s Highest Court Denies Access to Climate Scientist’s Emails

    04/19/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JACOB GERSHMAN
    Virginia’s highest court has denied a conservative group’s effort to force the University of Virginia to turn over emails from a controversial climate scientist who worked at the school. The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday held that the public university wasn’t obligated under the state’s freedom of information law to release thousands of emails that Penn State researcher Michael Mann wrote while he was a UVA professor several years ago. Mr. Mann in 2009 came under scrutiny among global warming skeptics after hackers leaked thousands of email exchanges between the professor and other researchers that suggested that the scientists sought...
  • Ohio Representative Moves to Impeach (Federal) Judge for Pro-Gay Rulings

    04/09/2014 7:06:18 PM PDT · by xzins · 29 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | Wednesday, April 09, 2014 | Carrie Dedrick
    Representative John Becker of Ohio has called to impeach a federal judge due to his recent rulings involving gay marriage. Becker says that U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black has abused his power and went against the state and federal constitution through his pro-gay decisions. Becker’s office released a statement writing, “In an epic display of arrogance and incompetence, Judge Black announced that he will require the people of Ohio to disregard the Ohio Constitution and force the recognition of ‘homosexual marriages’ performed outside of Ohio. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence.” In December the...
  • Our View: Good news for the fort. Findings of the Biological Opinion reward fort's efforts

    04/07/2014 2:27:08 PM PDT · by SandRat
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/Herald Recview
    Fort Huachuca’s leadership over the years on water conservation has established an indisputable record of accomplishments, which serves to protect the San Pedro River and its watershed. And the surrounding civilian communities have also provided hard work and innovation — actions that other communities with similar challenges now try to emulate. Confirmation that this team is doing things the right way was announced on Friday. Officials from the Army and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reached agreement on a formal Biological Opinion last Monday. For those wondering what the fuss is about, the lack of a Biological Opinion has...
  • Mass. High Court: Subway Upskirt Photos Not Illegal

    03/06/2014 7:28:04 AM PST · by edcoil · 46 replies
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that a man accused of secretly snapping photos up a woman’s skirt on an MBTA train did not break the law.
  • Team Obama wins fight to have Christian home-school family deported

    03/04/2014 4:35:38 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies ^ | March 03, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Uwe and Hannelore Romeike came to the United States in 2008 seeking political asylum. They fled their German homeland in the face of religious persecution for homeschooling their children. They wanted to live in a country where they could raise their children in accordance with their Christian beliefs. The Romeikes were initially given asylum, but the Obama administration objected – claiming that German laws that outlaw homeschooling do not constitute persecution. “The goal in Germany is for an open, pluralistic society,” the Justice Department wrote in a legal brief last year. “Teaching tolerance to children of all backgrounds helps to...
  • Same-sex marriage now legally recognized in KY

    02/27/2014 12:27:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2014 2:44 PM EST | Brett Barroquere
    A federal judge on Thursday signed an order directing officials in Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II issued a final order throwing out part of the state’s ban on gay marriages. It makes official his Feb. 12 ruling that Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages treated “gay and lesbian persons differently in a way that demeans them.” Same-sex couples may change their names on official identifications and documents and obtain any other benefits of a married couple in Kentucky. The order doesn’t affect a related lawsuit seeking to...
  • Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

    02/25/2014 10:10:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to wade into the politically volatile issue of gun control by leaving intact three court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state laws. The court's decision not to hear the cases represented a loss for gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, which was behind two of the challenges. The first case involved a challenge by the NRA to a Texas law that prevents 18-20 year olds from carrying handguns in public. It also raised the broader question of whether there is a broad right under the Second Amendment to bear arms in...
  • Virginia’s marriage amendment declared unconstitutional

    02/14/2014 9:37:10 AM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | february 14, 2014 | Diogenes
    A federal district court judge has ruled that Virginia’s marriage amendment, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is unconstitutional. Voters approved the measure by a 57%-43% margin in a 2006 referendum. “The court is compelled to conclude that Virginia's Marriage Laws unconstitutionally deny Virginia's gay and lesbian citizens the fundamental freedom to choose to marry,” said Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen, whom President Barack Obama appointed to the bench. “Government interests in perpetuating traditions, shielding state matters from federal interference, and favoring one model of parenting over others must yield to this country's cherished...
  • Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Confuses Declaration Of Independence with Constitution

    02/15/2014 12:13:31 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/14/14 | Frances Martel
    A federal judge struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage today, an historic ruling with especial resonance on Valentine's Day. Except the history of the historic ruling isn't exactly up to par: Judge Arenda Wright Allen claimed the Constitution declares that "all men are created equal," which is, instead, the first line of the Declaration of Independence. "Our Constitution declares that 'all men' are created equal. Surely this means all of us," Judge Allen wrote on the first page of her opinion. That line opens the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence and appears nowhere in the Constitution. The...
  • Court affirms Mass. murderer's right to get sex change in prison

    01/18/2014 12:28:32 PM PST · by ColdOne · 22 replies ^ | 1/17/14 | AP
    BOSTON – A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a transgender inmate serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, saying receiving medically necessary treatment is a constitutional right that must be protected "even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox." U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled in 2012 that the state Department of Correction must provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who was born as Robert Kosilek and is serving a life sentence for the killing of his wife in 1990.
  • Obama’s use of executive power faces reckoning at Supreme Court

    01/12/2014 10:09:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/14 | Kevin Bogardus, Ben Goad
    Nothing less than the boundaries of executive power are at stake Monday as the Supreme Court considers whether President Obama violated the Constitution during his first term. Oral arguments slated for Monday will center on a trio of recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that were deemed unconstitutional by lower courts. If they uphold the decision, experts say the justices could endanger hundreds of NLRB decisions. Even more significant are the ramifications for future presidents, with the court poised either to bolster or blunt the chief executive’s appointment powers. “Rulings like this have implications that last for...
  • Ala. judge again rules that man convicted in series of rapes doesn't have to serve prison time

    01/01/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    A north Alabama man convicted in a series of rapes has again avoided a prison sentence for the assaults. Limestone County Circuit Judge James Woodroof suspended a 35-year sentence for Austin Clem and ordered him to spend five years on probation for a series of assaults on a former neighbor. Clem was convicted of sexually assaulting the woman three times. Prosecutors say the assaults began seven years ago when the victim was 13.
  • BREAKING: Justice Sotomayor Blocks Enforcement Of The HHS Mandate

    01/01/2014 4:36:37 AM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    Whyimcatholic ^ | December 31, 2013
    Bringing in the New Year, and not just at Times Square. This just in from the Associated Press, WASHINGTON (AP) — Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control.Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision came after a different effort by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday’s start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known...
  • Judge Grants Request From Jahi McMath’s Family to Extend Life Support

    12/30/2013 4:47:11 PM PST · by Morgana · 71 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    The judge who is adjudicating the case of the family of the teenage girl in California who is the subject of a national debate over whether a hospital has the right to yank life support has granted an extension. A county judge extended the order for the hospital to keep Jahi McMath on life support until 5 p.m. on January 7. Her mother and family say she is alive. Jahi’s family has a door-to-door ambulance flight contracted to take her to a New York facility that will care for her. “The family has located a licensed facility in the state...
  • Federal Judge Says Ohio Must Recognize Same-Sex Couples’ Out-Of-State Marriages

    12/23/2013 3:09:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | December 23, 2013 | Chris Geidner
    Ohio officials must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who married out of state for purposes of being considered married on death certificates, a federal judge ruled on Monday. Judge Timothy Black had granted a temporary injunction for James Obergefell and John Arthur in July, ordering that their marriage be recognized on his death certificate should Arthur — who was in hospice care — die. Since then, Arthur died, but the case was amended to included a funeral director who wanted to ensure that he would be protected should he list same-sex couples as married, as well as another individual...
  • Judge allows gay marriage in Utah to continue

    12/23/2013 10:32:16 AM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 23, 2013 1:21 PM (ET) | By BRADY McCOMBS and PAUL FOY
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has allowed gay marriage in Utah to continue. Judge Richard Shelby on Monday denied a request by the state that sought to halt gay marriage until the appeals process plays out. The same judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage Friday, ruling it is unconstitutional.
  • U.S. court rejects stay in Utah pro-gay marriage ruling

    12/22/2013 7:54:49 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 82 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/22/13
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Sunday declined to stop officials in Utah from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples following a judge's ruling last week that overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.
  • Gay marriage catches conservative Utah off guard

    12/21/2013 7:43:18 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2013 7:39 PM EST | Michelle L. Price
    A day after a judge’s surprise ruling overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban, at least one county clerk intended to open early Saturday to issue licenses. About 40 minutes north of Salt Lake City, about 300 hundred people showed up at the Weber County Clerk’s Office on Saturday afternoon but were later turned away without marriage licenses. […] The confusion Saturday and reports of other crowds scrambling to find an open office illustrated how gay marriage caught many in Utah off guard. …
  • Court deals new blow to birth-control mandate

    12/20/2013 6:33:18 PM PST · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 20, 2013
    A federal court on Friday granted almost 200 evangelical ministries relief from the Affordable Care Act’s so-called birth control mandate. The ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma is the latest in a series of legal blows to the healthcare law’s requirement that workers be offered contraception as part of their employers' insurance coverage.
  • Judge Cites Same-Sex Marriage in Declaring Polygamy Ban Unconstitutional

    12/14/2013 11:53:21 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 82 replies ^ | December 14, 2013 | Ken Klukowski
    In a game-changer for the legal fight over same-sex marriage that gives credence to opponents’ “slippery slope” arguments, a federal judge has now ruled that the legal reasoning for same-sex marriage means that laws against polygamy are likewise unconstitutional. In his 91-page opinion in Brown v. Buhman, on Dec. 13, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups struck down Utah’s law making polygamy a crime. In so doing, he may have opened Pandora’s Box. As a condition for becoming a state in 1896, Congress required Utah to outlaw polygamy, which is marriage between three or more persons. This case involved a family...
  • Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down

    12/12/2013 7:04:32 PM PST · by annalex · 201 replies
    A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days -- a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S. Supreme Court. Burns immediately stayed his order pending an expected appeal.
  • Judge orders Mt. Soledad cross removed but allows appeals

    12/13/2013 7:03:36 AM PST · by Thidwick · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m. | By Tony Perry
    SAN DIEGO -- After two decades of legal and political wrangling, a federal judge Thursday ordered the cross atop Mt. Soledad removed within 90 days as a violation of the separation of church and state. But U.S. District Judge Larry Burns stayed the removal order so that those defending the cross have time to appeal. Built in 1954, the 43-foot cross is one of the most visible landmarks in San Diego. Starting in the early 1990s, plaques honoring military veterans have been placed on walls surrounding the base of the cross.
  • Judge Orders Colorado Bakery to Cater for Same-Sex Weddings

    12/08/2013 5:59:59 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 174 replies
    GMA ^ | 7 DEC 2013 | LIZ FIELDS
    A Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple has been given an ultimatum by a judge; serve gay weddings or face fines. Administrative law judge Robert N. Spence found Friday that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Denver, Colo. violated the law when he turned away David Mullins, 29, and Charlie Craig, 33, from his shop last year. In his written decision, Spence ordered that Phillips "cease and desist from discriminating" against gay couples, or face financial penalties, and cited Colorado state law that prohibits businesses from refusing service based on race, sex, marital status...
  • Gay Snub Cornish B&B Owners Lose Supreme Court Appeal

    11/27/2013 7:36:35 AM PST · by lbryce · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | November 27, 2013 | Staff
    The owners of a Christian guesthouse who were ordered to pay damages for turning away a gay couple have lost their UK Supreme Court fight. Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall in 2008. The couple, who had already lost cases at Bristol County Court and the Court of Appeal, said they were "saddened". Mr and Mrs Bull have said they regard any sex outside marriage as a "sin". Steven Preddy (l) and Martyn Hall Steven Preddy (l) and Martyn Hall...
  • Pennsylvania judge orders woman to stop breastfeeding

    11/15/2013 11:49:11 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 107 replies
    SFGate ^ | 11/14/2013 | Amy Graff
    <p>A Pennsylvania woman is speaking out against a judge who ordered her to stop breastfeeding her 10-month-old daughter.</p> <p>Jessica Moser is in the midst of a custody battle with her daughter Jasmine’s father and the Northampton County resident told local TV station WFMZ that two weeks ago a judge told her to stop nursing her daughter so the girl could spend two days a week at her father’s house.</p>
  • One World Trade Center is America's tallest building, council rules

    11/12/2013 12:05:10 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 33 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 12, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    What is the tallest building in America? It's One World Trade Center, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's Height Committee announced Tuesday, settling a debate between New York and Chicago over the tallest-building mantle. Critics had said the 408-foot spire atop the 1,776-foot One World Trade is an antennae and should not be counted. Without it, the building would measure 1,368 feet, or 83 feet shorter than Chicago's 1,451-foot Willis Tower. But architects for the yet-to-be-opened One World Trade Center say the spire is part of the building’s overall aesthetic appeal. The council agreed. "That crowning structure is...
  • Virginia Supreme Court overturns Virginia Tech shooting verdict

    10/31/2013 4:51:57 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 37 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | October 31, 2013 | Frank Green
    RICHMOND -- The Virginia Supreme Court has overturned the jury verdict in a wrongful death suit against the state in favor of the families of two students slain in the April 16, 2007, massacre at Virginia Tech. Julia Pryde and Erin Peterson were among 32 students and faculty members killed by student Seung-Hui Cho. Last year a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury awarded each family $4 million, an amount that was reduced to $100,000 each by a state cap on damages. The state appealed the verdict, arguing it should be overturned because of trial court errors. In a 15-page ruling...
  • Courts give green light to lawsuits which could finish ObamaCare

    10/26/2013 11:11:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 24 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/26/13 | Doug Book
    In finding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional, 5 justices of the Supreme Court literally ignored the statutory language of the law and the wishes of Congress. In fact, Chief Justice Roberts rewrote portions of the Act in order to bring its substance into line with his own politically motivated preferences. In May, the IRS also ignored the will of Congress as expressed in the ACA. The law specifically states that subsidies and tax credits provided to certain ObamaCare enrollees may be awarded ONLY by “a governmental agency or nonprofit entity [ObamaCare exchange] that is established by a state.”(My emphasis)...
  • Bombshell: Federal judge suddenly green-lights lawsuit that could stop Obamacare in its tracks

    10/22/2013 1:08:14 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 125 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A federal judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a case that could fatally cripple the Obamacare health insurance law. The Affordable Care Act forbids the federal government from enforcing the law in any state that opted out of setting up its own health care exchange, according to a group of small businesses whose lawsuit got a key hearing Monday in federal court. The Obama administration, according to their lawsuit, has ignored that language in the law, enforcing all of its provisions even in states where the federal government is operating the insurance marketplaces on the error-plagued website. Thirty-six states...
  • Chris Christie drops appeal of NJ state court ruling authorizing gay marriage

    10/21/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/21/2013 | AllahPundit
    I’m a little surprised, even though he’s undoubtedly correct that the appeal was doomed. The New Jersey Supreme Court all but legalized gay marriage in its provisional ruling on Friday; a final ruling next year upholding that judgment was a fait accompli.But as we spent the last three weeks discovering, the fact that a fight is obviously unwinnable and possibly self-defeating from the start is no excuse not to undertake it. Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in New Jersey by withdrawing his his appeal of a major case that was being...
  • NJ court agrees to allow same-sex marriages Monday

    10/18/2013 2:33:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 18, 2013 5:06 PM EDT | Geoff Mulvihill
    Same-sex marriages will begin within days in New Jersey after the state’s highest court ruled unanimously Friday to uphold a lower-court order that gay weddings must start Monday and to deny a delay that was sought by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. … A judge on the lower court had ruled last month that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriage and set Monday as the date to allow gay weddings. Christie, a Republican who is considered a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appealed the decision and asked for the start date to be put on hold while the state appeals. A spokesman...
  • Mark Levin to the ruling elite: We’re going to crush you…

    10/17/2013 8:07:32 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 45 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 10-17-2013 | Mark Levin
    I was going to break this down into clips, but honestly it really goes well together. Levin starts putting the lecturer-in-chief in his place, then moves on to those who say we need to get back to governing and puts them in their place. Then he talks about Steven Lonegan, a principled conservative that got no backing from the RNC or the Washington elite and then transitioned to the Tea Party, who we are and what we are about. Then he pulls it altogether and tells the ruling elite, whether it be Obama, Pelosi, Reid, or Boehner and McConnell, that...
  • Gun crime up after stop-and-frisk ruling (NYC)

    09/19/2013 9:06:30 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/19/13 | Jamie Schram and Kirstan Conley
    The recent ruling against stop-and-frisk has emboldened the city’s pistol-packing perps. In the month after federal judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision that the police procedure is unconstitutional, shootings spiked nearly 13 percent — and gun seizures plummeted more than 17 percent, The Post has learned. During the 28 days ending Sept. 8, there were 140 shootings across the Big Apple, compared with 124 during the same period last year, the figures show. And the number of gunshot victims was up more than 9 percent, with 164 people struck by bullets this year, compared with 150 shot over that month last year.
  • Judge rules Tennessee parents can name baby ‘Messiah’

    09/18/2013 2:32:26 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies
    NEWPORT, Tenn.— A Tennessee judge said parents can name their 8-month-old baby “Messiah,” overturning the decision of another judge who thought the name was blasphemous. At a paternity hearing last month, child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew was asked to decide Messiah Deshawn Martin’s surname. Ballew ended up changing the baby’s first name as well, saying that “Messiah” was a title reserved for Jesus Christ.....
  • Court sides with Obama administration in contraception fight

    09/17/2013 12:38:58 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday sided with the Obama administration in the nationwide legal battle over the mandate to cover contraception services in the new health care law, marking the second time a federal appeals court rebuffed to a company who said the mandatory coverage of birth control violates its religious beliefs. A third court, seated in Denver, took an opposing view in July when it granted the Hobby Lobby crafts franchise an injunction that shields the Oklahoma City company from the mandate tied to the Affordable Care Act until the merits of their case can be...
  • Court Upholds Ban on Sexual-Orientation Change Therapy

    08/29/2013 6:06:27 PM PDT · by fwdude · 30 replies
    CitizenLink ^ | Bethany Monk
    A federal court today upheld California’s law making it illegal for minors to receive counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions. Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1172 into law last year. The legislation bans sexual-orientation change effort (SOCE) counseling for anyone under 18. “The minors we represent do not want to act on same-sex attractions,” said Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. “They are greatly benefiting from this counseling. Their grades have gone up, their self-esteem has improved, and their relationships at home are much improved.” The legal group said it will ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the...
  • Judges order Christians to work for 'gays' [photographers]

    08/22/2013 2:07:18 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 119 replies
    WND ^ | 8/22/13 | Bob Unruh
    Justices on the New Mexico Supreme Court have ruled that the First Amendment does not protect the beliefs of Christians, and owners of a photography company in that state must violate their faith in order to continue to do business. “The Huguenins today can no more turn away customers on the basis of sexual orientation – photographing a same-sex marriage ceremony – than they could refuse to photograph African-Americans or Muslims,” the opinion from the court said. **** Threatened the judges, “At its heart, this case teaches that at some point in our lives all of us must compromise, if...
  • Judge Throws Out Racism Claims In Paula Deen Lawsuit

    08/12/2013 2:22:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/13/2013 | Pamela Engel
    A federal judge has tossed the race discrimination accusations that are part of a lawsuit filed against former Food Network star, Paula Deen, and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers, the Associated Press reports. Lisa T. Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Georgia, accused the pair of racism in a lawsuit filed last year. Jackson's claims caught national attention in June when Deen's court deposition was released. Deen admitted to having used the N-word in the past and made other comments that made her seem racist. A judge threw out the racism claims on Monday,...
  • John Roberts Was Wrong, and Here's Why

    08/09/2013 7:14:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/09/2013 | Elise Cooper
    Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) recently wrote a book, "Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare", which is an excellent and compelling read. Besides providing a gripping argument as to why Justice Roberts was wrong on the ObamaCare ruling, Lee also gives an excellent history and background on the Court and the health care decision itself. American Thinker had the privilege of interviewing the Senator about his book and ObamaCare. His two main arguments in the book point out how ObamaCare has made federalism extravagant and that there appears to no longer be a separation of power among branches. Senator Lee...
  • Court Says 'Pastafarian' Has Right to Wear Strainer Hat

    08/02/2013 1:03:26 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    Newser ^ | 08/02/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    Even in his official license photo Newser) – A Czech Republic court has struck a blow for religious freedom—ridiculous, ridiculous religious freedom. Lukás Novy, 29, successfully argued that he should be allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head in his official, government-issued ID photo, because he was required to do so by his "Pastafarian" faith, the Daily Mail reports. Novy belongs to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody religion whose followers "believe" that a giant invisible monstrosity made of spaghetti and meatballs created the universe after "drinking heavily." Novy said the faith required him...
  • Judge Orders Google to Unmask Blogger

    07/24/2013 12:08:28 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 41 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/24/13 | Jacob Gershman
    Google may not shield the identity of an anonymous blogger who claimed a Manhattan lawyer was a “crooked” and “shady” attorney, a judge ruled.
  • Judge halts state lawsuits seeking to block Detroit bankruptcy

    07/24/2013 11:33:25 AM PDT · by illiac · 41 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/24/13 | Scott Cohn
    A federal bankrutpcy judge ruled Wednesday that federal courts will decide if Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy, staying challenges to the bankruptcy in state court. Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr—a bankruptcy expert appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year to oversee Detroit's finances—has said the federal bankruptcy filing is necessary to get the city out from under some $18 billion in liabilities. But the city's employee unions argued the bankruptcy is an end-run around the state constitution, which protects their pension benefits. The unions backed a series of lawsuits filed in Michigan courts to block the bankruptcy. Last week,...
  • Court: Americans Born in Jerusalem Cannot Label 'Israel' as Birthplace

    07/23/2013 3:02:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/23/13 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that Americans born in Jerusalem cannot put “Israel” as place of birth on their birth certificates. Judge Karen Henderson wrote that the president “exclusively holds the power to determine whether to recognize a foreign sovereign,” and that the president had not recognized Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. Congress passed a law in 2002 dictating that Americans living in Jerusalem could label their children’s birthplace “Israel,” but the State Department has refused to enforce that law for over a decade. Over 50,000 Americans have...
  • Jesse Ventura lawsuit vs. murdered Navy SEAL can move forward, judge says

    07/22/2013 11:02:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 41 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 7/22/13 | N/A
    Jesse Ventura’s lawsuit against “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle -- purportedly the deadliest-ever American servicemen -- can proceed with the war hero’s widow as a substitute defendant, a judge has ruled.
  • Hobby Lobby wins stay against federal health care mandate

    07/19/2013 10:55:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    NewsOK ^ | July 19, 2013 | Brianna Bailey
    Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. won a temporary reprieve on Friday from federal penalties as much as $1.3 million a day for failing to offer insurance coverage for emergency contraceptives to its more than 13,000 employees. The company would have been forced to pay the fines for failing to comply with a mandate on emergency contraceptives is part of the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby is suing the federal government over the law.In brief remarks to reporters outside the courthouse after the hearing, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said the Green family would have continued with its legal fight even...
  • Third court overturns Obama recess appointments

    07/17/2013 7:06:29 PM PDT · by grundle · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    A third federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that President Obama violated the Constitution last year when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, adding more weight to the case as it goes before the Supreme Court in the justices’ next session. The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, said that the president can only make recess appointments after Congress has adjourned “sine die,” which in modern times has meant when it breaks at the end of each year.
  • Illinois Supreme Court: Girls under 17 must inform parents if aborting

    07/11/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 1, 2013
    The Illinois Supreme Court is allowing the state to enforce a 1995 law that requires doctors to notify parents of girls under 17 years old if their daughter is undergoing an abortion at least two days before the procedure. The law has been disputed since its passage and has been enforceable until now.

    07/11/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 174 replies
  • Justice Kennedy denies motion to halt gay marriage in California

    06/30/2013 12:43:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 30, 2013 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday denied a request from Proposition 8 supporters to halt the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in California. Dozens of same-sex weddings have taken place in the state since Friday, following the Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to overturn Proposition 8 — which had banned gay marriage. More same-sex marriages are expected take place on Sunday in accordance with the Pride parade and a VIP reception for newly-married couples in San Francisco. Prop. 8 supporters said the Friday start-date of same-sex unions came three weeks too soon since they still have 25 days to...
  • Vetoing Democracy: Justice Roberts’s clumsy opinion threatens the initiative process in 26 states

    06/27/2013 8:18:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/27/2013 | John Fund
    Chief Justice John Roberts has done it again. His twisted reasoning in last year’s Obamacare ruling wasn’t the only unpleasant surprise he’s sprung on supporters of the rule of law. His majority 5-to-4 opinion in California’s Proposition 8 case — throwing the issue back to California because plaintiffs lacked standing to argue in his court — is as bizarre as his Obamacare decision. His opinion was joined by an ideological tossed salad of justices that ranged from Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Antonin Scalia. But the fact that its list of supporters is unusual doesn’t mean it won’t present real problems...