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]
December 15, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 Monday in Heien v. North Carolina that a police officer's mistake of law can provide the individualized suspicion that the Fourth Amendment requires to justify a traffic stop. The case involves the arrest of an automobile passenger for cocaine possession after the ...[read more]
December 4, 2014
by Addison Morris
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana on Wednesday struck down a state law that altered the requirements for abortion clinics who only perform drug-induced abortions. Under this law, even clinics who only perform medical abortions would be required to be "minimally ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken ...[read more]
November 25, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
An official for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on Tuesday stated that human rights activists in Burundi have been the subjects of threats and defamation for their current role within the state. According to Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights ...[read more]
November 21, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The US House of Representatives filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury on Friday for the departments' alleged abuse of their executive powers through conduct promoting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The House ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) on Tuesday released a study pointing to at least 12 violations of 12 articles of Egypt's constitution, which passed in January of this year. ANHRI alleges that since January there have been several clear violations of the constitution. The ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
The US Supreme Court was asked Monday to review same-sex marriage cases from Kentucky and Michigan following a US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruling that upheld bans. Same-sex couples in both states states submitted petitions asking the high court to decide whether state same-sex ...[read more]
November 16, 2014
by William Helbling
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial ...[read more]
November 14, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the motion to intervene on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed upon the rights of Californians under the ...[read more]

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