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Survey of State Open and Concealed Carry Laws|
July 17, 2014
Open carry laws restrict a person's ability to visibly wear or carry a gun in public. Both open and concealed carry laws vary considerably from state to state. Some state open carry laws differentiate between handguns and long guns, such as rifles and shotguns. Seven states, including California an....... [more]
Federal appeals court dismisses five-state Asian carp lawsuit
July 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday against a coalition of five Great Lakes States seeking to compel the Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (District) to take action to prevent Asian carp from entering Lake Michigan thr....... [more]
Supreme Court rules home health care workers not required to pay union fees
June 30, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday in Harris v. Quinn that the state cannot require home health care workers to pay union fees. The court stopped short of overruling its 1977 decision in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, which held that state employees who choose not to join a public-sector u....... [more]
UN rights experts condemn Detroit water cut-offs
June 26, 2014
Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report submitted by the Detroit People's Water....... [more]
Justice Thomas "Hardly Be(ing) Reasonable"
June 25, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ryan Seelau of The Project for Indigenous Self Determination discusses Justice Clarence Thomas' dissent in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community...
On May 27, 2014 the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community. The decision was widel....... [more]
State Death Penalty IQ Cutoffs
June 17, 2014
Eighteen US states have abolished the death penalty. Three states- Maine, Michigan and Wisconsin- have completely banned the death penalty since the mid-nineteenth century. Fifteen states abolished the death penalty at various points throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
The remain....... [more]
Federal appeals court refuses to exempt Catholic non-profits from contraception mandate
June 12, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday refused to grant an injunction that would have exempted Catholic non-profit groups from the contraception coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The court noted in its decision that the groups that....... [more]
Current State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
Michigan is not the only US state to maintain some type of ban on race-conscious affirmative action policies. In 1996 California voters approved an amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited public institutions from using affirmative action policies. Under Proposition 209, state employmen....... [more]
Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
In 2006 following two high profile affirmative action US Supreme Court decisions dealing with affirmative action at the University of Michigan, a public institution, Michigan voters passed Proposal Two, a state constitutional ban on affirmative action in public employment, public education, and pub....... [more]
State Bans on Affirmative Action
June 5, 2014
04/22/2014: Supreme Court upheld Michigan affirmative action ban.
06/24/2013: Supreme Court sent Texas affirmative action case back to lower court.
11/06/2012: Oklahoma voters approved affirmative action ban.
04/02/2012: Ninth Circuit upheld California affirmative action ban.
11/02/2010: Ar....... [more]
Michigan top court says governor wrongly revoked commutation
June 5, 2014
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that former governor Jennifer Granholm overstepped her constitutional bounds when she withdrew her commutation of man's life prison sentence. Matthew Makowski was convicted of first-degree felony murder in 1989 for the stabbing of a 19-year-old man and was se....... [more]