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Idaho governor asks entire Ninth Circuit to review same-sex marriage ruling
October 23, 2014
The governor of Idaho CL "Butch" Otter filed a petition Tuesday night asking for the entire US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to review an earlier Ninth Circuit ruling against the Idaho constitution's definition of marriage. The petition is a major positional change for Otter, coming two wee....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses challenge to Puerto Rico same-sex marriage ban
October 22, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging Puerto Rico's same-sex marriage ban. Puerto Rico Para Todos brought the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiffs, five same-sex couples, arguing that Article 68 of Puerto Rico's civil code, which....... [more]

Libya militant pleads not guilty to charges related to Benghazi attack
October 21, 2014
Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah on Monday pleaded not guilty to 17 charges related to the September 2012 attack on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, including some charges that warrant the death penalty. Prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo suggested that the government may file additional charges....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on hotel guest registries
October 20, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in three cases Monday. In City of Los Angeles v. Patel the court has been asked to resolve a circuit split between the US Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and the Sixth Circuits regarding the constitutionality of hotel guest registry inspection ordinances that....... [more]

Courts in Arizona, Wyoming, Alaska strike down same-sex marriage bans
October 18, 2014
As of Friday same-sex marriage has become legal in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska. US District Courts for the Districts of Arizona and Wyoming struck down same-sex marriage bans in Wyoming and Arizona, respectively, on Friday. Additionally the US Supreme Court rejected a petition by Alaska to stay th....... [more]

DOJ seeks stay on release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos
October 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab....... [more]

Federal appeals court strikes down Arizona immigrant bail law
October 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an Arizona law that acted to deny bail to individuals in the US illegally and charged with a range of felonies was unconstitutional. Proposition 100, passed in 2006, prohibited bail for individuals charged with both "committing a se....... [more]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in two procedural disputes
October 16, 2014
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in two cases fraught with procedural issues. In Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc. v. Sandoz, Inc. the court must decide whether to allow the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to continue to qualify every issue bearing on the scope of an i....... [more]

Federal appeals court reinstates Texas voter ID law
October 15, 2014
A US federal appeals court on Tuesday said that Texas may enforce its voter ID law despite a lower judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional. A three-judge panel of thUS Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit temporarily reinstated the law but declined to rule on its merits, stating that the s....... [more]

Supreme Court blocks Texas abortion law
October 15, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday placed a hold on a Texas law that would have forced several abortion clinics to close. The bill requires any physician performing an abortion to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the location where the abortion is performed and requires....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to rule on DOJ phone records memo
October 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties g....... [more]




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