March 2, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Nebraska ruled Monday that Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, but the decision will not take effect until March 9 and has immediately been appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. US District Judge Joseph ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Dakota ruled Monday that South Dakota's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Judge Karen Schreier ruled in favor of six same-sex couples who challenged the ban, finding that the ban violates the right to due process and equal ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Tuesday overturned a lower court ruling that would have granted inmate Michelle Kosilek taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery. The 3-2 decision overruled a 2012 decision by Judge Mark Wolf of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday denied a Texas death row inmate's challenge to the drugs that would be used in his lethal injection. Convicted killer Willie Trottie alleged in his appeal that the drugs to be used in his execution might be expired, which could result in ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by G. Redd
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Friday that Missouri's ban on desecrating the American flag is unconstitutional. On October 20, 2009, Frank Snider was arrested for violating Missouri Revised Statute 578.095 by shredding an American flag and tossing the remnants in the street, ...[read more]
February 12, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Residents of Fremont, Nebraska, voted on Tuesday to reaffirm Ordinance 5165, which prohibits harboring, hiring or renting to undocumented immigrants. The law was initially approved in 2010, but its implementation was delayed during a federal lawsuit over the law's constitutionality. Last year a t... ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
A judge for the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida on Monday ruled the sedative midazolam hydrochloride is permissible in state executions. Florida is the only state in the US that uses the drug, which was implemented as part of its three-drug protocol in executions on October 15 and November 12. ...[read more]
June 30, 2013
by Blake Lynch
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday ruled that a Fremont, Nebraska ordinance that bans renting to undocumented immigrants is constitutional. The panel held that the ordinance does not have an "impermissible effect by removing a class of aliens from the ...[read more]
April 27, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit on Friday upheld a Missouri law that bans protests within 300 feet of funerals but struck down a second broader law that would have increased the distance at which protesters to could congregate. The challenge to the laws came from members of the ...[read more]
April 12, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On April 12, 2010, Nebraska's unicameral legislature voted 40-9 to approve the Women's Health Protection Act, a bill that required an elevated level of informed consent and physician assessment of women seeking abortions in the state. The bill required physicians to ascertain whether women have ...[read more]

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