July 25, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Wednesday struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, but he elected to stay his ruling until August 25 pending an appeal to a higher court. Wednesday's ruling found in favor of six same-sex couples ...[read more]
July 23, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Supreme Court vacated a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, granting a conditional preliminary injunction in the execution of an Arizona death row inmate. The Ninth Circuit stayed the inmate's execution on Sunday, refusing to allow the execution to move forward until ...[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 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay on the recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Utah pending final disposition of the appeal by the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Last week the appeals court denied Utah's request to block legal recognition of the marriages, and Utah ...[read more]
July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Friday upheld a ruling striking down Oklahoma's same-sex marriage ban. A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma ruled in January that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Zachariah Rivenbark
District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago made clear that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear firearms in the home for self-defense, but left unanswered whether it protects other conduct. Writing for the majority in Heller, Scalia emphasized that Heller marked the ...[read more]
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]
July 17, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The District Court of The Hague ruled Wednesday that the Netherlands is liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The lawsuit was brought against the Dutch government in April by Mothers of Srebrenica, a group representing mothers and widows of men ...[read more]
July 16, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California on Wednesday struck down California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was ...[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]

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