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Supreme Court hears arguments on Florida judicial campaign law
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in two cases. In Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar the court must determine whether a rule of judicial professional conduct that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. Lanell....... [more]

US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on judicial campaign contributions
January 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments for the case Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar which may undo campaign finance restrictions on state judicial candidates around the country. The plaintiff Lanell Williams-Yulee was a county judge candidate in Florida, who during her 2009 campaign....... [more]

Federal judge orders Michigan to recognize 323 same-sex marriages
January 16, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Thursday issued a preliminary order forcing the state to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed on March 22, 2014. The couples wed a day after US District Judge Bernard Friedman declared the Michigan ban on same....... [more]

US House votes to block funding for president's immigration action
January 15, 2015
The US House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a $40 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security on a 236-191 vote, which included amendments to repeal two key facets to President Barack Obama's immigration action. The first amendment, passed on a 237-190 vote, is to block a 20....... [more]

Supreme Court rules on Telecommunications Act
January 14, 2015
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday on the ability of localities to deny permission to build cell phone towers. The case of T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell concerned what it means to satisfy the "in writing" requirement of the Telecommunications Act. The court's holding provides that the de....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on religious rights, natural gas
January 13, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case was brought by the Good News Community Church....... [more]

Supreme Court to hear Arizona religious rights case
January 11, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday will hear a new religious rights case about whether an Arizona town violated a church's rights by requiring it to remove signs regarding its worship services. In the appeal by the Good News Community Church of Gilber, AZ, the church argues that by forcing them to remov....... [more]

Convening authority throws out conviction of Noor Uthman Mohammed
January 10, 2015
The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed and dismissed the charges against him. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons instructor and logi....... [more]

Turkish president approves law tightening Internet control - Correction - Tue Jan 6 12:11:15 2015
January 6, 2015
This post originally misidentified President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as President Tayyip Erdogan....... [more]

Utah parade insurance requirement deemed unconstitutional
December 28, 2014
The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals published a decision on Monday declaring that Utah's requirement of a USD $1 million insurance policy for demonstrations violates the First Amendment of the constitution. The case was brought by two Salt Lake City environmental organizations that sought to have a p....... [more]

North Carolina AG to appeal abortion law ruling
December 26, 2014
North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that struck down the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act. The Fourth Circuit held that the law, which requires ph....... [more]




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