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Oct 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Shannon Silver

Excerpted from The New York Times: The Supreme Court on Saturday allowed Texas to use its strict voter identification law in the November election. The court’s order was unsigned and contained no reasoning. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a six-page dissent. “The prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll ...

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Oct 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via Associated Press: The federal government is recognizing same-sex marriages in seven more states. The states are Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, Colorado and Nevada. The Justice Department says it will ensure that same-sex couples in those states are given federal benefits as soon as possible. Those states were affected by a recent Supreme Court order on same-sex marriage. ...

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Oct 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via Associated Press: A federal judge has cleared the way for legally recognized gay marriages in Arizona by ruling that the state's ban on same-sex unions is unconstitutional. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge John Sedwick bars state officials from enforcing a 1996 state law and a 2008 voter-approved constitutional amendment that outlawed gay marriage. Sedwick said ...

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Oct 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via AP: A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated Texas' tough voter ID law for the November election, which the U.S. Justice Department had condemned as the state's latest means of suppressing minority voter turnout. The ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily blocks last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Nelva ...

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Oct 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal judge in North Carolina has struck down the state's gay marriage ban, opening the way for the first same-sex weddings in the state to begin immediately. U.S. District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr., in Asheville issued a ruling Friday shortly after 5 p.m. declaring the ban approved by state ...

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down gay marriage bans in Idaho and Nevada. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that gay couples' equal protection rights were violated by the bans The three-judge panel did not decide on a similar case in Hawaii, which legalized gay marriage in December. Hawaii's ...

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Oct 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

MADISON, Wis. – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Wisconsin's requirement for voters to show photo identification at the polls is constitutional, a decision that's not surprising after the court last month allowed for the law to be implemented while it considered the case. State elections officials are preparing for the photo ID law ...

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Oct 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via The Independent: A model and former porn star who killed and dismembered a Chinese student in Canada sent the body parts to schools and politicians in packages with pink tissue paper and hand-written notes, a court has heard. Luka Magnotta, 32, has admitted to carrying out the gruesome killing and captured his acts on video camera, ...

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Sep 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: The Obama administration must acknowledge the existence of an independent investigation into former White House senior economics adviser Austan Goolsbee’s alleged unauthorized access to the Koch brother’s tax returns, a court ruled Tuesday. A federal judge ruled the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) must disclose to watchdog group Cause of ...

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Sep 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from WFB: A federal judge ordered the Justice Department Thursday to release a list of documents it is withholding from the public related to Operation Fast and Furious within the next month. Calling the Obama administration’s request for further delays “unconvincing,” U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates told the Justice Department to release the ...

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Sep 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS: A federal judge has overturned a Hawaii law barring legal immigrants from applying for a firearm permit, the latest in a wave of rulings against similar laws across the country. Judge J. Michael Seabright ruled last week in favor of plaintiff Steve Fotoudis, an Australian citizen who is a permanent resident living in ...

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Sep 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON — Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama’s legacy. For the first time in more than a decade, judges appointed by Democratic presidents considerably outnumber judges appointed by Republican presidents. The Democrats’ advantage has only ...

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Sep 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

It's the rough equivalent of manslaughter in the U.S. PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether ...

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Sep 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(AP) PRETORIA, South Africa – In a lengthy verdict phase climaxing Oscar Pistorius' trial, the judge said Thursday he can't be found guilty of murder but that he was negligent in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, raising the possibility he'll be convicted of culpable homicide. Judge Thokozile Masipa said she felt the double-amputee ...

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Aug 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

MIAMI – A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled that the ban added to Florida's constitution by voters in 2008 violates the 14th Amendment's ...

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Aug 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: A federal judge is demanding more information from the IRS on how it tried to recover data from former agency official Lois G. Lerner’s hard drive when it crashed. The order from U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan came after the agency outlined in sworn testimony steps taken by specialists to ...

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Aug 16, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Main Justice: The special prosecutor who obtained an abuse of power indictment against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was once set to become the U.S. Attorney in San Antonio – but he fell victim to a dysfunctional nomination process. Defense lawyer Michael McCrum withdrew his name from consideration in October 2010, six months after an ...

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Aug 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard

Excerpted from The New York Post: Thousands of kids who crossed illegally into the United States will hit the jackpot Wednesday, when their expedited cases begin coming before New York City immigration judges — who are the most lenient in the country. The first judge assigned to the so-called “surge docket” is Frank Loprest, an Obama ...

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Aug 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

There's only one way for sure Obama would know for sure he'd be appointing a new Supreme Court justice. They'll make it look like natural causes or an accident or the work of a "right wing extremist" of course. Soros will handle the dirty work, hire and pay the world's best experts, just like he ...

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Aug 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from Politico: The IRS won what might be Round One in a series of contests pitting tea party groups against the agency, with a federal judge rejecting a conservative group’s bid for a court-appointed forensics expert to hunt for ex-official Lois Lerner’s lost emails. Judge Reggie Walton of the U.S. District Court of the District ...

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Aug 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from TODD STARNES: A member of the U.S. Army Band said he was forced out of the U.S. Army for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his personal car, serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party and reading books written by conservative authors like Sean Hannity, a federal lawsuit alleges. Master Sergeant Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran ...

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Jul 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON -- A police officer can't pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger, a federal appeals court declared Thursday. In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the "ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic ...

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Jul 31, 2014 No Comments ›› Jack Flash

Excerpted from The Hill: The Left wants her to step down now so Obama can appoint her replacement instead of risking that a Republican president will do it after 2016. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has not changed her tune on retirement in the past year, saying Wednesday she plans to stay for “a while.” "My ...

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Jul 30, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from FOX NATION: FOX News reports that the US House of Representatives has voted 225-201 on a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against President Obama. All Democrats and five Republicans voted 'nay'. The Republicans voting no were said to be Reps. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and Walter Jones, Jr. ...

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Jul 29, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

DENVER — Boulder County must stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples while the Colorado Supreme Court considers an appeal from the state’s attorney general, justices said in a ruling Tuesday. The court ruling was in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been trying for several weeks to get Boulder’s ...

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