January 13, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously affirmed the conviction of a bank robber for violating the forced accompaniment provision of the Bank Robbery and Incidental Crimes section of the US Code, 18 USC 2113(e). An individual is subject to enhanced penalties under 2113(e) when one "forc... ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Environmental conservation group, Haw River Assembly, filed a lawsuit in the Wake County Clerk of Superior Court in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Monday, seeking to vacate new rules adopted to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in North Carolina, claiming that the lawmaking panel that ...[read more]
December 26, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that struck down the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act. The Fourth Circuit held that the law, which requires ...[read more]
December 23, 2014
by Steven Wildberger
The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday affirmed a lower court decision that the Woman's Right to Know Act, which requires physicians to display and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortions, is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment. Writing the ...[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]
November 18, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
Lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and North Carolina federal district courts against Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, arguing that affirmative action policies should be banned at colleges across the country. The lawsuits contend that the US Supreme ...[read more]
November 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
A judge for the US District Court for the District of South Carolina ordered state officials on Wednesday to stop enforcing South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban. Judge Richard Mark Gergel based this decision on a recent US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit opinion on Virginia, which held ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia on Friday ruled that West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, several weeks after state officials began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. US District Judge Robert Chambers ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by William Helbling
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Ann Schober
Federal courts on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriage in North Carolina and Idaho. A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex marriage on constitutional grounds. US District Judge Max Cogburn stated that the issue ...[read more]

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