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Texas supreme court issues order blocking same-sex marriage
February 20, 2015
The Supreme Court of Texas on Thursday granted an emergency stay of two trial court decisions in Travis County, which held that an amendment to Texas's constitution banning same-sex marriage violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Consti....... [more]

Texas judge rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
February 18, 2015
A Texas county judge ruled Tuesday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. The ruling came in the case of an Austin woman who is seeking recognition of her marriage after the death of her same-sex spouse so that she can be entitled to the estate. Travis County Probate Judge Guy H....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Obama's executive action on immigration
February 17, 2015
A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday temporarily blocked two key parts of a recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Obama announced two programs in November, purportedly under his executive authority as Presid....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down ban on interstate handgun sales
February 12, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled Wednesday that the ban on interstate handgun sales by federal firearm dealers is unconstitutional. Mance, a Texas federal firearms dealer, and the Hansons, residents of Washington, DC, who tried to purchase a handgun from Man....... [more]

Challenger to Texas affirmative action program files new appeal with Supreme Court
February 11, 2015
Lawyers for Abigail Noel Fisher filed a new appeal before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, challenging, for a second time, the University of Texas affirmative action program. This prolonged legal battle began in 2008 when Fisher, a Caucasian student, was denied undergraduate admission to University o....... [more]

The States and Same-Sex Marriage
February 7, 2015
02/04/2015: Michigan announced it would not appeal same-sex marriage recognition ruling 02/04/2015: Eleventh Circuit suspended same-sex marriage appeals 01/20/2015: Federal judge placed North Dakota same-sex marriage case on hold 01/16/2015: Supreme Court granted ceritorari in same-sex marria....... [more]

Supreme Court stays execution of Texas inmate
February 6, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of Lester Leroy Bower, a Texas inmate who was convicted in 1984 of murdering four men in an airplane hangar. February 10 was his sixth scheduled execution date. Bower has maintained his innocence since charged, and filed a petition for certiorar....... [more]

Supreme Court allows Texas execution despite claims of intellectual disability
January 30, 2015
A man with an IQ of 67 was executed in Texas on Thursday after the US Supreme Court denied two pleas for delay that same day. Defense attorneys for Robert Ladd said that his death violates the Constitution, and that his life would have been spared in any other state because of his IQ. After Texas c....... [more]

Texas judge refuses to drop criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry
January 29, 2015
A Texas state judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss criminal charges against former governor Rick Perry. The charges came after Perry threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in funds if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign her position after an arrest for driving under the....... [more]

Two states join Texas immigration lawsuit
January 27, 2015
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday that both Nevada and Tennessee have joined the state-led coalition in its suit against the Obama administration over November's executive action on immigration. This brings the total number of states involved to 26, meaning that more than half th....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on housing discrimination, traffic stops
January 21, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases on Wednesday. In Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) require plaintiffs to show that a policy is....... [more]




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