July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled on Tuesday to overturn a 2012 Mississippi state law that would have closed Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the only abortion clinic in the state. The law required that all physicians associated with an ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas at Austin (UT) may continue considering race as part of its admission criteria. The US Supreme Court had remanded the case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, to the appeals court last year after ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Ann Schober
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Monday reversed a lower court ruling prohibiting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles from issuing specialty license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), an organization ...[read more]
May 30, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
BP asked the US Supreme Court on Wednesday to stay a March ruling requiring the company to make massive settlement payments as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. BP contends that the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to deny an injunction of the settlement agreement ...[read more]
May 23, 2014
by G. Redd
British Petroleum (BP) announced Wednesday that it will appeal a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision to the US Supreme Court. The March decision by the Fifth Circuit rejected BP's claim that payments to alleged oil spill victims claiming economic losses should be excluded ...[read more]
May 15, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted a stay of execution for a Texas inmate just hours before he was to be put to death in order to review his claim that he is intellectually disabled. Robert James Campbell, a 41-year-old convicted rapist and murderer, was to be the ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in Paroline v. United States that a victim of child pornography may be entitled to restitution under 18 USC 2259 but only to the extent the defendant's offense proximately caused the victim's losses. Doyle Paroline was convicted of possessing child por... ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in White v. Woodall that because the Supreme Court of Kentucky's rejection of Robert Keith Woodall's Fifth Amendment claim was not objectively unreasonable, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in granting the writ of habeas corpus. The case ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday overturned a ruling from US District Court for the Southern District of Texas that had required the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide information about the supplier of lethal injection drugs. Lower court Judge Vanessa Gilmore ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday upheld Texas abortion restrictions requiring physicians performing "surgical abortions" to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital and certain compliance protocols relating to the administration of drugs inducing "medication ...[read more]

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