November 12, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court hear oral arguments in two cases Wednesday. In Alabama Legislative Black Caucus v. Alabama the court heard arguments on Alabama's redistricting plans. The question before the court is "Whether Alabama's legislative redistricting plans unconstitutionally classify black voters ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell the court heard arguments on what it means to satisfy the "in writing" requirement of the Telecommunications Act. The court will determine whether a state or local government document ...[read more]
November 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari in King v. Burwell to rule on health care subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code authorizes federal tax credit subsidies for health insurance coverage that is purchased ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Thursday upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The three-judge panel ruled 2-1 that a change in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman should come from the legislative process ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Tuesday. In Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean the court heard arguments on whether the code of Prohibited Personnel Practices can bar an agency from taking action against an employee who intentionally divulges sensitive security ...[read more]
November 3, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday on the constitutionality of a federal statute requiring the Secretary of State, on request, to endorse passports of US citizens born in Jerusalem with "Israel" as the place of birth. In Zivotofsky v. Kerry the US Court of Appeals for the District of ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The brother of Clayton Lockett, whose prolonged execution last April caused Oklahoma to suspend its death penalty to review procedures, filed a lawsuit against the state of Oklahoma Monday. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, contends that the ...[read more]
October 7, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday struck down same-sex marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. The court found that the bans violate same-sex couples' due process and equal protection rights. The three-judge panel rejected arguments that same-sex marriages are harmful to ...[read more]
July 22, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Two separate federal appeals court reached opposite conclusions Tuesday on subsidies for individuals who sign up for health insurance through the federal government's marketplace. The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that such subsidies are only available through ...[read more]
July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]

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