July 17, 2014
by Neil Devlin
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Tuesday that the district court properly dismissed a lawsuit brought by members of the US House of Representatives and the organization Common Cause challenging the "filibuster" rules of the US Senate. The plaintiffs in the ...[read more]
April 16, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Tuesday granted drug company Zogenix a preliminary injunction against a state-wide ban of the drug Zohydro. Judge Rya Zobel stated that because Zohydro's use had been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this ...[read more]
December 4, 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with al Qaeda-associated terrorist leader ...[read more]
November 3, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
A divided three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the contraceptive mandate imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) violates the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause. Before Congress passed the PPACA in 2010, ...[read more]
September 15, 2013
by Julie Deisher
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acted within its authority to work with six states and Washington, DC, in promulgating the Final Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrogen, Phosphorus ...[read more]
June 26, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On June 26, 2008, the US Supreme Court ruled that a ban on handgun ownership in the District of Columbia violated the Second Amendment. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court addressed the Second Amendment directly for the first time since the 1930s. Since this ruling, the Supreme ...[read more]
April 23, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed Tuesday to an en banc review of its January decision vacating the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul, the media secretary of Osama Bin Laden. A three-judge panel ruled in January that the military tribunal... ...[read more]
April 14, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On April 14, 2006, Judge Robert Collins of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to release internal documents pertaining to the controversial Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR). The goal of the CAMR was to permanently cap and ...[read more]
April 7, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled earlier this week that groups seeking information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can immediately appeal if their request is denied or unanswered. The court held that FOIA requires agencies to review responsive ...[read more]

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