May 10, 2014
by G. Redd
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced Thursday that the Office of General Counsel will not pursue an appeal in defense of the Commonwealth's voter identification law. The law, passed in March 2012, required all voters to submit a government issued photo ID in order to vote in all elections. ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday filed a notice of appeal of a recent ruling overturning the state's constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, to the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The amendment was struck down as unconstitutional in the US District Court for the ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett filed a post-trial motion Monday in the legal battle over the state's voter identification law, alleging that the deciding judge in the case made "a host of mistakes." The motion alleges that Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The attorney for two of the victims Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde informed the Associated Press that ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
Judge Bernard McGinley of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on Friday struck down the state's nearly two-year-old voter identification law, considered one of the most strict in the nation. In his opinion, MicGinley wrote that the state had failed to adequately explain why the law was a necessary ...[read more]
October 23, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
Australia's Commonwealth government, led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, filed suit on Wednesday challenging the validity of the Marriage Equality Bill passed on Tuesday by the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, legalizing same-sex marriage. In a writ of summons filed with the ...[read more]
October 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes on Tuesday appealed a lower court order to cease issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Hanes, who began granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples following Attorney General Kathleen Kane's statement ...[read more]
September 26, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Twenty-one same-sex couples on Wednesday filed suit asking the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court to affirm the legality of their marriage licenses, which were issued by a county clerk who believed the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. The couples claim that the state's same-sex ...[read more]
September 24, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A judge for Kentucky's Jefferson County Circuit Court ruled Monday that the same-sex spouse of a woman charged with murder must testify against her at the trial because same-sex partners are not protected by the husband-wife privilege under Kentucky's state law. Geneva Case, who will be compelled ...[read more]
August 17, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court judge issued an order on Friday blocking enforcement of the state's voter identification law for the upcoming November elections. The ruling by Judge Bernard McGinley marks the third consecutive election in which the law, passed in March 2012, will not be in ...[read more]

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