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Texas judge refuses to drop criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry
January 29, 2015
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under the....... [more]

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]

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 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]

Kenya high court suspends sections of anti-terrorism law
January 2, 2015
The High Court of Kenya on Friday suspended eight sections of the controversial new anti-terrorism law until a legal challenge by the opposition is heard by the court. The Security Laws (Amendment) Act of 2014, signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta, was passed by the Kenyan Parliament two weeks ago a....... [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]

Federal appeals court rules North Carolina abortion law unconstitutional
December 23, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Writing the unanimous....... [more]

Kenya parliament approves controversial anti-terrorism law
December 20, 2014
Kenya's parliament on Thursday passed a sweeping new anti-terrorism law after some of its members engaged in a shoving match that led to blows being exchanged. Those opposed to the bill, citing violations of free speech and other civil liberties, shouted, threw water, and even threw books at the Spe....... [more]




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